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Recap of Mets’ Clincher Celebration

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The Mets clinched the NL East crown Saturday evening and it was absolutely incredible. Being a young, lifelong Mets fan, I have only seen my favorite team in the postseason twice, once in 2000 and again in 2006. It was genuinely a heartfelt moment for all Mets fans, spanning the spectrum from die-hard to fair-weather. Seeing Familia come into that blowout of a game and get the job done was a reflection of his season as a whole- he has been tremendous and reliable, even in his toughest of stretches.

Yes, it was an incredible moment. It was a heart-warming moment. It was a historic moment. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about… Let’s take a look at the Metsies’ post-game celebration.

Citi Recap: 9/27/14 vs. Houston Astros

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What was the weather like?

It was a beautiful night, very nice temperature.

What was the final score?

Mets lost 3-1 :(

Were there any notable stats/events?

-Curtis Granderson hit a deep home run in the fourth inning

-Matt den Dekker faced off against his first cousin, Kevin Chapman, in the 6th inning. MdD drew the walk.

-Lucas Duda made an excellent play at first, snagging a hot liner after a dive

What were the scoring plays?

Astros(Top 6) Robbie Grossman scores on a Jose Altuve single to right field. (Top 6) Jose Altuve scores on a Chris Carter double to left field, Anthony Recker applied tag, but dropped the ball. (Top 6) Chris Carter scores on a Matt Dominguez single to right field.

-Mets: (Bottom 4) Curtis Granderson homers on a deep line drive to right field.

How was the atmosphere?

Very loud, but not quite a packed house. Lower level was filled to capacity, but the upper two levels were nearly empty.

What did you eat?

As usual, I ate at the Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House in the Delta Club. That sandwich is REALLY good…

Did you get any autographs?

Yep! As soon as I walked into the stadium, I saw George Springer signing, so I got his autograph. A few minutes later, I got Jose Altuve, which was awesome! John Franco, the Mets legendary reliever, was on the field talking to the Astros manager, so my friend and I called him over, and he signed a baseball for each of us. Later on, we see him talking to someone and we realize that it is EDDIE MURRAY! That’s right, the same Eddie Murray who is in the Hall of Fame, and is one of the best players in baseball history. After waiting around for several minutes, as he was talking to Franco and another man, he turned around and signed for us! It was awesome! Still have no idea why he was there, but still awesome. A few minutes later, as we were about to leave to get something to eat, Chris Carter walks over to sign. For those who don’t know Carter, because this is his first season as a really good player, he has 37 home runs, good enough for 2nd best in the entire MLB. It goes down in my book as probably the best autograph-seeking Mets game thus far…

Any celebrities in attendance?

-John Franco was there. Brooklyn-born Mets legend. Played for the team from 1990-2004. Team captain from 01-04. 2x Rolaids Reliever of the Year. 4x All Star. Led the MLB in saves three times. Mets Hall of Famer. Overall one of the premier relievers in league history.

-Eddie Murray was there. 504 HR, 3,255 hits, 1,917 RBI, .287 batting average. 1977 ROY. 1983 WS Champ. 8x All Star. 3x Gold Glover. 3x Silver Slugger. First Ballot Hall of Famer in 2003.

-There were two guys from some TV show that were there, but I couldn’t quite catch their names or the name of the show.

 

Overall, it was a fun night, but a sucky game to watch- particularly as a Mets fan. Nerve-racking moment in the 6th, when Jon Niese left the game with an elevated heart beat- hoping that he’s okay. That was my last Mets game of the season, so I just have to wait for next season…

Citi Recap: 8/29/14 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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What was the weather like?

Beautiful weather! Not a cloud in the sky! Temperatures hovered between the high 60s and low 70s.

Who pitched?

Jacob DeGrom pitched for the Mets, and David Buchanan pitched for the Phillies.

What was the final score?

The Mets won 4-1!

Were there any notable stats/events/plays?

-Dilson Herrera made his big league debut, after Daniel Murphy was placed on the DL. Herrera is the team’s 8th ranked prospect, who they acquired along with Vic Black in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh last August. He was playing phenomenally in the minors thus far this season, batting .340 with 10 HR and 48 RBI in 61 games with the Binghamton Mets.

-DeGrom went 7 full innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run (which was unearned), as well as striking out 5, on his way to his 7th victory of the season.

-In the bottom of the 7th, Juan Lagares hit a routine pop fly to the outfield, and Grady Sizemore, the left fielder, ran over for it, and the ball bounced off his mitt! Two runs scored on the play, and Eric Campbell got to third.

-While the next batter, Curtis Granderson, was at the plate, Eric Campbell stole home. He said this was the first time he stole home in his entire baseball career!

-Bullpen Appearances for Mets: Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless 8th inning, setting up for Mejia. Jennry Mejia struck out the side in the 9th inning to end the ballgame.

-Jennry Mejia earned his 20th save.

What were the scoring plays?

Phillies: (Top 7) Cody Asche singles to LF, Marlon Byrd scores.

Mets: (Bottom 4) Travis D’Arnaud singles to LF, David Wright scores. (Bottom 7) Juan Lagares pop fly to LF, error by Grady Sizemore, Matt Den Dekker scores, Wilmer Flores scores. (Bottom 7) With Curtis Granderson batting, Eric Campbells steals home.

How was the atmosphere?

It got very loud at certain parts of the game, and very, very silent at others. The 100s level was packed house, but the other levels didn’t look so full. Overall, it wasn’t a bad atmosphere, but I’ve seen much better at several games this season.

What did you eat?

Once again, I ate at Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House in the Delta Club. That steak sandwich is just so fricken’ good (and the fries are pretty good too!)…

Did you get any autographs?

I did! As soon as I got the game, which was around 5:30, I went to the very lower left corner of the Delta Club section, and that is right next to the away dugout. Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown each signed a baseball for me, and Darin Ruf signed my ticket. Around 6:50, my friends and I moved to the very lower RIGHT corner of the Delta Club section, which sets beside the Mets dugout. Anthony Recker signed the shirt that they gave away last night, and Tim Teufel signed my hat. This next one isn’t an autograph, but it’s a definite player interaction: my friends and I were sitting in the 3rd row, right behind the Mets’ on deck circle. Throughout the game, none of the players would as much as turn around and look at us, except for Curtis Granderson. We were having full, funny conversations with him throughout the game. He’s a really nice guy! Anyway, after the game ended, I moved right back over to the corner next to the Mets dugout and screamed for Dilson Herrera to sign. He motioned for me to throw him my ball and pen, and I did. He signed it, threw it back, and walked away. This was particularly awesome for 3 reasons: 1) It was his MLB debut and he’s a top of the line prospect; 2) He didn’t sign for anybody else in the stadium, all day; and 3) It is extremely rare that somebody signs after the game.

Any celebrities in attendance?

I didn’t notice/see any.

 

Overall, it was a great game! Had a lot of fun, and it was exciting seeing DeGrom pick up his 7th win and solidify his case for ROY even further. This is the 4th game that I’ve attended in which DeGrom pitched (I saw him against the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, and now the Phillies), and he’s just so much fun to watch!

 

Citi Recap: 8/15/14 vs. Chicago Cubs

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What was the weather like?

It was nice out the entire night. Slightly cloudy, no rain, and about 65-70 degrees.

Who pitched?

Zack Wheeler pitched for the Mets, and Travis Wood pitched for the Cubs.

What was the final score?

The Mets won by a score of 3-2.

Were there any notable stats/events?

-Zack Wheeler went 6.2 innings, had 10 Ks, allowed 2 runs on 3 hits

-David Wright’s 13 game hitting streak came to an end

-Bullpen Appearances for Mets: Vic Black went .1 innings, finishing off 7th. Jeurys Familia pitched the 8th. Jenrry Mejia pitched the 9th inning

-Jenrry Mejia got his 18th save

What were the scoring plays?

Cubs: (Top 3) Rizzo ground out to 2nd base, Travis Wood scores. (Top 3) Starlin Castro single on grounder to center, Javier Baez scores.

Mets: (Bottom 4) Eric Campbell hits his 2nd home run of season to left-center. Wright scores. Duda scores.

How was the atmosphere?

Recently, Citi Field has been much louder and more upbeat, with the fans actually starting to get into it, and tonight was no different! While the place wasn’t completely packed, it was still filled semi-near capacity (or at least it seemed that way, due to the volume).

What did you eat?

I went to Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House in the Delta Club. Pat LaFrieda’s steak sandwich is out of this world! Whether it be at the chop house (a sit down restaurant), the stand in center field, or the stand in the upper deck, the sandwich is a MUST for any visitor of Citi Field!

Did you get any autographs?

I did! Before the game, Ron Darling Foundation had a little party in the bullpen, and I attended that with my family. At that party, I got the autographs of Dillon Gee, Josh Edgin, Anthony Recker, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. I also got a hat signed by Ron Darling and spoke to him for a while! Later, when I was walking around the Delta club, I saw Jesse Orosco, the Mets legend who made the final out in the 1986 World Series! I called his name, and he stopped to take a picture with me, sign a ball, and have a quick chat!

Any celebrities in attendance?

-Jesse Orosco- Played 24 seasons in MLB, pitched for the Mets in 1979 as well as 1981-1987, most career games pitches in MLB history, 2X All Star, 2X World Series winner
-Jon Matlack- Pitched for 13 seasons in MLB, pitched for Mets from 1971-1977, 1972 NL Rookie of the Year, 3X All Star, 1975 All Star Game MVP
-Gary Dell’Abate- AKA Baba Booey, Producer for the Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM Radio, pitched one of the worst first pitches of recent memory at Citi Field. 

Overall, it was a great game! A lot of fun, as usual, and very glad that the Mets won after that dreadful sweep at the hands of the Nationals. Mets are now 58-65, Zack Wheeler improves to 8-8 on the season.