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My Game 3 Experience

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Attending Game 3 of the NLDS was, by far, my greatest experience at a sporting event thus far in my young life. I remember being at the second-to-last postseason game at Shea Stadium in 2006, Game 6 of the NLCS. John Maine pitched a gem and Reyes hit a bomb as we outlasted Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals. We all know what happened in the next game, though, so the inevitable heartbreak of Mets fans happened once again.

This year, as the Mets clinched the NL East Crown for the first time since way back then in 2006, a glimmer of hope re-appeared. We, the Mets, were ready to enter the playoffs with one of the best pitching staffs and a drastically improved offense led by Yoenis Cespedes and the now-healthy David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud.

In Games 1 and 2, the Mets played all the way across the country, in Los Angeles, and even still, the absolute excitement felt by all long-suffering Mets fans could be felt everywhere. deGrom pitched arguably the best game of his career in Game 1, leading to an early victory. In Game 2, we saw a winning performance by the offense & Noah Syndergaard early on, but as a result of an unfortunate, despicable, and most importantly ILLEGAL slide by Chase Utley (BOOOOOOOOOOO), the Mets surrendered a loss to the Dodgers, tying the series at one a piece.

Entering Game 3, excitement was at an all time high… Fans were excited to see the first home postseason game for the Mets since we called Shea Stadium home in 2006; Matt Harvey was ready to step onto the mound, with no pitch cap this time around; Chase Utley was the most hated man in the state of New York; and the Mets were all but poised to take a 2-1 series lead in the NLDS.

I was fortunate enough to attend Game 3, and let me tell you, the environment there was like nothing I’d ever seen before…

The tone was set early on, when the Dodgers were being introduced. A loud and all encompassing “BOOOO” filled the stadium with every name announced, even that of the Dodgers’ massage therapist. But when Alex Anthony on the PA said, “infielder, #26, Chase Utley,” this intensity was taken to an all time high. I can’t even begin to put it in words. So here, watch this clip.

And then, our beloved Mets were introduced. When Ruben Tejada limped out of the dugout with a cane, wow was that a heartfelt moment. After being unfortunately injured by Chase Utley (BOOOOOOOOOOOOO) in Game 2, Tejada was diagnosed with a broken fibula that would put his season to an end. I know that I, along with my brother beside me and several other fans in our vicinity, got “the chills” as our shortstop walked to join his team.

The entire night, the fanbase was standing, screaming, and waving their orange rally flags in the air. Even when Matt Harvey surrendered a three-run-inning in the top of the Second, the Mets fans continued to stand strong.

We witnessed an absolute offensive explosion. The Mets put up 13 hits total and set a team record for postseason runs in one game with 13… Travis d’Arnaud went 3-5 with 3 RBIs, Curtis Granderson had 5 RBIs, and then there was Cespedes.

In the home half of the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes sent a three-run-homer into orbit, making the score 10-3. At this moment, everyone understood that this game was long over. Yo’ hit one of, if not the, most powerful home runs I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. The place erupted, and they began to play some sort of movie theme song as Cespedes rounded the bases, further adding to the larger-than-life feeling of him, his dinger, and the game as a whole.

Game 3 was a magical experience, highlighted by the incredible offensive output, but also furthered by the overlooked pitching performances. While Harvey was certainly not himself and had one of his toughest games of his career, he still only let up 3 runs (all of which came in the same inning), putting into perspective just how good he really is. And Bartolo Colon, the absolute fan-favorite, pitching two innings (striking out the first one in order) was not only exciting, but actually historic. See below:

While Game 4 was not as magical and we just couldn’t get the best of Clayton Kershaw (still undoubtedly the best in the world), Mets fans, like you and I, remain hopeful and excited. So put on your Mets gear & get ready for JdG and the Mets to play in Game 4 on Thursday.

 

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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!