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Mets: Michael Conforto’s All-Star Game debut

By Josh Vitale
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Michael Conforto
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Michael Conforto /

As we all know by now the Mets didn’t quite stuff the All-Star Game ballot boxes, but Michael Conforto was in attendance to represent the city of Queens and he did a good job in doing so

The pitcher’s paradise was once again in effect falling in line with the past few midsummer classics, resulting in a 2-1 final and the American League once again claiming victory.

While not a lot of runs were scored, the game was an enjoyable one, and our boy Conforto had a decent media presence over the weekend. Conforto even put the possibility of himself one day competing in the Home Run Debry on the table, and after seeing Aaron Judges‘ performance this week, who wouldn’t love to see a Subway Series take place inside the derby?

When it came to the actual All-Star game, Conforto entered the field of play in the sixth inning. Playing left field, Conforto was tested early with a line drive that nearly sailed over his head, but nevertheless Conforto made the play.

In his first at-bat, Conforto looped a single off of Toronto’s big time closer Roberto Osuna into left, showing off his sweet swing once again on a national stage.

In a spot where all Met fans wanted to see their All-Star outfielder, Conforto came up with men on and two out in the bottom half of the ninth. Facing who many believe is the best closer in baseball Craig Kimbrel, Conforto fell behind early unable to catch up to some high heat. A few pitches later, Conforto would go down swinging to end the inning on some more high stinky cheese.

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While it would’ve been nice to see Conforto come up big in the ninth and take home the game’s MVP award, the night was no failure for the Mets young star. Conforto showed with his single that he belongs on this stage, and that he has one of the best approaches at the plate in all of baseball.