It’s not like you didn’t have other options available, right? The Rangers came back with a vengeance to the penguins at Madison Square Garden. There was a cool crossover episode, two Law and Orders, both SVU and Organized Crime. There was a good book to turn to, maybe a podcast to get lost in.
Citizens Bank Park was anything but the plague.
There, the Mets were butchered by the Phillies and were about to contemplate back-to-back blowout losses for the first time all year. It’s also raining heavily towards Philly, so there’s a good chance they’d have to sleep two extra nights over it. Aaron Nola had smothered her. As an added insult, old friend Jeurys Famiia drove through them in the eighth inning.
“You get down there with Nola so early,” said Mets manager Buck Showalter, “you don’t like your chances.”
Yes. This one was gone. This one was long gone, and so were you. In the ninth it was 7:1.
Except it’s 2022. And in every friend group there is almost always a true believer, someone who will goad you to turn back the channel when things get interesting. And just before 9:45 p.m., that news began buzzing across New York. Something was brewing at Citizens Bank. The Mets were still breathing.
You might have rejoined the TV show when Francisco Lindor, tangled in a rug of a slump, cracked James Norwood’s two-run homer. You might have waited until Mark Canha hit a Phillies pool shot closer to Corey Knebel, cutting the score to 7-4 and putting the tie on the plate.
When there were two outs and the Phillies were about to run, surely your curiosity had brought you back to see JD Davis drive with a double in the fifth heat to see Brandon Nimmo end the game with a two-run equalizes single to see Starling Marte launch a rocket into the deepest pocket of left field.
“I just got into the batter’s box and wanted to swing the ball well,” said Marte. “He made a good pitch and I made a good swing. And hit him in the gap.”
It was Mets 8, Phillies 7.
It was Mets 8, Phillies 7!
Such is the karma surrounding the Mets that Edwin Diaz didn’t even get anyone’s blood pressure boiling, finishing a 1-2-3 ninth with one hit against Rhys Hoskins. The Mets stormed out of the dugout. You can watch baseball for 25 years and not see a ninth inning rally like this. And all you could hear at Citizens Bank was Mets fans trying not to hyperventilate.
“I was involved in too many other things to start cheerleading in the ninth,” Showalter said before smiling. “But I really felt like it.”
He got serious and said, “Nights like tonight make you realize what could be.”
They really do. And when you start stacking them… well, you start to wonder. Exactly two weeks earlier, the Mets had trailed the Cardinals 2-0 in St. Louis with two outs in the ninth — and then hit five unbelievably hard-to-understand unanswered runs to stun the Redbirds. That was something.
But that was different.
“Such a great team win,” said Lindor, whose first-inning error helped dig the early hole for the Mets, whose batting average had fallen nearly 90 points in a week. “The way everyone believed in each other, pushed each other, relied on each other… it’s definitely epic. Wins like that add up over the course of the year.”
It’s a game. It’s a win. Mets fans are conditioned to scour the skies for dark clouds no matter how well they play in April or May. It’s a smart way to be. Hubris does no one any good. Quiet …
Mets 8, Phillies 7.
“I’m an optimist,” said Nimmo. “But you know … ”
He laughed. what else could you do
“I just keep going until they whistle,” he said. “You just never give up.”
In any case, for one night it wasn’t just a platitude, a cliché, an empty phrase. For one night it was the honest truth of God.
Mets 8, Phillies 7. Amazing.
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