I’m starting to get the vibe. This is 2015, 2016 esque. This team is firing on all cylinders and this is special. I’m not trying to get ahead of myself, there is still a month and half left of baseball, there is still games that are going to be won and lost, the schedule is definitely going to get harder, but man, it’s hard to not get emotional about this New York Mets team. If for one thing this team is mesmerizing. You can’t keep your eyes off of them.
Less than a month ago this team was dead in the water. DEAD. They were on the verge of trading Syndergaard and Wheeler, Frazier was halfway out the door, they were in their way to a rebuild and most fans were calling for it. Even though some of the trades didn’t pay off and it seemed as if he was a terrible hire, give Brodie Van Wagenen some credit. He stuck with his guys. He gave them a shot of confidence. He went with his gut and he went with the guys he thought could win. He didn’t give up on his players, and you know what? Maybe that’s exactly what these guys needed.
Instead of selling and rebuilding, BVW bought and reloaded. He added Marcus Stroman, one of the most electrifying pitchers this game has seen. A guy who’s got nasty stuff and can light up a crowd at any given moment with his high energy. We added to the best rotation is baseball.
But on August 9th, that’s where I really started to believe. I was getting excited about the Mets but never wanted to get ahead of myself. It’s getting late in the season but it’s early into that latter part of the season. A hot streak is nice but could they maintain it over the next month and half against good competition. Well, the night of August 9th, there are no more doubters, the Mets are here and ready to bust that door open.
Yesterday was my first game of the year. Me and a bunch of my buddies decided to go to the game for my birthday. Got really good seats, section 128. We anticipated that the atmosphere would be a playoff atmosphere. What I wasn’t expecting was a World Series atmosphere. The best Mets games I’ve seen live was July 31st, 2015 (Wilmer Flores game) and game 5 of the 2015 World Series. I never thought I’d see a crowd like that again. Until August 9th 2019. I legit thought the stadium was coming down.
When the Mets were down 3-0, no one in the stadium seemed uneasy. We’re expecting a Mets comeback nowadays. And then Pete lasers out a 2 run homerun to cut lead to 1. Next batter, JD DOUBLE Davis takes a 3-1, homerun pitch, count and LAUNCHES it out of the stadium. Tie game. The stadium was as loud as it’s been in 3 years. Citi Field was shaking.
After the Nationals took a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the 9th and the stadium was dead quiet. People were leaving, sitting on their phones, all depressed. You could hear a pin drop. And then JD DOUBLE Davis starts off with a double, and then Ramos lines a base hit.
And then, Todd Frazier.
Chills, actual chills. The double “it’s outta here, outta here” by Gary “GOAT” Cohen is when you know the Mets are BACK. I was sitting right by the left field line. When I saw the ball leave the bat, my first thought was “it’s going foul”. When I saw it clear and people were jumping up and down, I was paralyzed. I legit could not move for like 5 seconds. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. Are the Miracle Mets back? But the game was only tied and there was more work to be done. Later that inning, the stadium was coming down.
I’ve never been happier for a player than I was for Michael Conforto. An all star player, a cornerstone of this franchise has been on a tear this season but sometimes gets unfairly treated by fans because they want him to be better. I don’t know how he can get much better but for him to come up in that spot and line a double to win the ball game, that was a special moment.
To see the whole team pile into the outfield, dumping Gatorade on Conforto, ripping his shirt off, just shows how much fun this run has been for the players and the fans. The boys are loving to play baseball right now, they’re trending in the right direction and they are doing whatever it takes to win ball games. The boys are hot.
Now I don’t know what this means for the rest of the year or years to come, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Being a Mets fan is a different kind of love. It hurts more when they lose and we go through that misery but for nights like the 9th, it makes it that much more special. All I know is, it’s fun being a Mets fan, for the better or the worse. The boys are Hot.