Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 2/26/12

A couple days after Terry Collins voiced his displeasure over Ruben Tejada not being in camp early, the Mets new starting shortstop arrived in Port St. Lucie.  I’m not really sure how big of a deal this issue is, I mean if Collins is expecting a 22-year-old kid to lead by example then I think he may be asking a bit much.

Ruben Tejada has arrived. Asked about Collins' desire to have him in camp earlier, Tejada replied, "I'm here now." #mets about 2 hours ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @DPLennon David Lennon

At the same time, it’s nice to see TC take charge and show that he plans to keep his players accountable for their actions and make them aware of his expectations, regardless of their role or stature with the club.

Collins did talk w/ Tejada upon his arrival. Sure, Tejada wasn't late, but he blew off Collins' request to be early. That's what irked mgr. 48 minutes ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @DPLennon David Lennon

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I bought into the Terry Collins shtick last year and think he’s exactly what a young team needs and the players have shown they will grind it out for their coach.  Tejada is young…….really young, so as smart as he looks on the field it’s often easy to forget that.  He is in camp now and until his attitude or work ethic are questioned as camp progresses, I won’t worry about his make up or commitment heading into 2012 and can only hold out hope the he’s up to the challenge that awaits this coming season.

Tejada isn't worried about replacing Reyes. "I'm Ruben Tejada." What did he learn from Jose? "Stay happy every day." about 2 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough

To check out some video highlights and my thoughts on why it’s time to embrace Tejada, click here.

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