Just moments before the 4 p.m. trade deadline the Mets acquired slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers. Cespedes, 29, batted .293 with an .829 on-base plus slugging, along with 18 home runs and 28 doubles.
A right handed batter, Yoenis has more HRs this season than all the Met right handed batters combined.
A free agent at the end of the season, Cespedes also brings with him a strong arm and solid overall reputation on defense. In addition to substance, he also plays with a flair that should be well-received in New York over the final 2-3 months of the season. He won the All-Star game Home Run Derby at Citi Field in 2013, fans might remember.
Most importantly, the Mets did something to take away the bitterness of the Gomez no-trade fallout and ease the pain of the demoralizing loss the day before, and got a player who might help them more than Gomez ever could over the rest of 2015.
Yoenis will play left field and bat third for the Mets in his debut on Saturday night.
The Trade That Wasn't Made
What a wild wacky and weird bunch of days for the New York Mets and their fans.
First, we hear of a big, much needed trade. Then we found out, Hey, there is crying in baseball.
The Wilmer crying story has been beaten to death so I won't bore you with details you are already familiar with. But how cool is it that Flores would cry if he had to leave the Mets. It's understandable. He has been with the team since the age of 16. It's like his extended family.
And how about Zack Wheeler calling Mets GM Sandy Alderson on the phone and asking him to please not trade him. I love it. I love any player that wants to be a Metropolitan that bad. These days such devotion to a team is a rare thing. That type of thing is usually reserved for us fans.
Alderson said he intended to reach out to Wheeler - but the right-hander called him first to express his desire to remain with New York and that this ''actually had quite an impact'' on Alderson.
Then there was no trade. Of course this wasn't deflating enough (no offense to Mr. Flores). The following day we had to suffer the most backbreaking loss in recent memory.
Then on Friday we heard that there was a trade. A different and better trade. An amazin' trade. More about that later because we have a game to play.
>>>>>The WIlmer Flores Game<<<<<
The first game of this 3 game set with the Washington Nationals was a crucial one. After the events of the last few days the team needed to get it together. I'm sure hearing of the acquisition of Cespedes made them happy. It made us fans positively giddy. But Yoenis would not be available on this day and is slated to start for the Mets on Saturday.
Matt Harvey had the mound vs. Gio Gonzalez. Harvey's last start he found his wicked slider and on this day he looked a lot like Harvey'13.
Flores made one of the best plays you'll ever see a 2nd baseman make in the first.
In the 4th inning Flores continued to be the hero with an RBI single making it 1-0. Meanwhile Matt Harvey was pitching a masterful game, retiring his first 16 batters.
The game went to extras as both teams relief corps did their jobs keeping the game knotted at 1-1. New York continued to flash the leather.
In the 12th inning the Mets were battling Nat reliever Felipe Rivero who was displaying nasty stuff. Rivero had pitched two complete shutout innings and was on the mound to start the 12th inning for Washington. The first batter he faced was Wilmer Flores.
Flores, who had not hit a homer in 147 at-bats, drove a 1-1 fastball to deep left center for his 11th home run of the season, a game winner.
Fans jumped for joy and went crazy as Flores pumped his arm and pointed to the emblazoned Mets monicker across his chest as he rounded third. Even though it was Wilmers 3rd walk-off hit of the season (tied with the Cubs’ Starlin Castro for the most by a SS) it was the first time he ever hit a walk-off home run.
The Mets went crazy. Citi Field went crazy. I went crazy. You went crazy. How can I describe it?
It was crazy.
Big trade, waa-waa, no trade, Godawful loss, bigger trade, HUGE win, storybook ending.
"The Mets fans were definitely rallying around Wilmer and our team throughout the whole game. I think they felt as much excitement as we definitely felt. Words can’t really describe what has been going through his head -- and us, as a team, the last couple of days. Obviously, everything that happened to him is pretty incredible. For tonight to happen the way it did, it’s pretty unreal. Everybody is so happy for him.”
"That is one of the best walk-off homers I've ever seen."
"I'm sitting here looking at some guys who are outstanding writers. Outstanding. You couldn't write that. You guys couldn't come up with that. And you're good. That's unbelievable."
"Oh my god. @Mets I can't believe I can actually say this, but is it true that there is now 'A Cespedes for the rest of us'?"
Mejia, NO CARD FOR YOU!
"Mejia is dead to me."
I've said it before and I'll say it again:
"It's time to take back the city."
Attendance - 36164
|Game Time - 3:59|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Paul Emmel|
>Bryce Harper is now 0-17 facing Matt Harvey. Harper, in his wisdom, was tossed in the 11th for arguing balls & strikes. Bryce, you are a fascinating & enormously talented idiot.
>C Travis d'Arnaud went 0 for 4 with a walk in his return from the disabled list.
>LHP Jerry Blevins (broken left forearm) was finally cleared Thursday to begin a throwing program. He was injured April 19 and he has been missed.
Photos by Sharon Chapman, Mike Stobe, and Brad Barr