Yes, the Mets have lost two in a row so far to the Yankees, but Dominic Smith has everyone talking
In his fifth major league game, Dominic Smith hit a two-run opposite field home run. How great must it be to hit your first MLB homer in the Subway Series? You’re showing yourself in the city you play in, with significantly more people watching, and you’re going long against your crosstown rival. Smith’s first homer came at a great time… if only the Mets had rallied and gotten the win, but that’s an entirely other story and rant.
Not only was this Smith’s first home run, but this was what actually put the Mets on the board in Tuesday night’s game. He went deep off of Sonny Gray in the top of the seventh. Watch the home run for yourselves:
Smith’s partner in crime Amed Rosario then also hit an opposite-field two-run home run in the top of the ninth. Despite the tries of the two bestie rookies, the Mets still fell short 5-4.
But, the kids are showing us what they’re made of. That they can deliver not only on a big league stage, but in a series that has more pressure than others. No, this series truly doesn’t mean anything to the Mets in terms of standings as this season is already a lost cause, but it’s still the Subway Series. All of New York, and baseball lovers in general, are watching. And they all saw Smith’s first major league homer.
Of course, they also all saw how Terry Collins once again didn’t let Smith finish a game. Yes, Smith hit a home run… and then was taken out so Jose Reyes could hit against Aroldis Chapman. Again, this game is not a must-win situation. Let the kids play. Especially when they’re hitting homers.
Regardless, where as many of us were worried about Smith losing some confidence after being taken out of the game early in his first couple of starts (debut included), this home run is sure to be the confidence booster any new player could use.
Smith now has four hits since he was called-up to the majors. “You feel good that you’re able to contribute,” Smith said after the game. And we’re all looking forward to watching Smith (and Rosario) contribute to the Mets for a long time.