2015 World Series Game 3
It was the first World Series appearance for the Mets since 2000 and the first-ever World Series game at Citi Field. If there were any tickets available they were standing room only but even if you had a seat you were not sitting during this game.
The 2015 Mets had a wild run to just get into the playoffs and it was so much fun to watch. Starting with the lows of the Wilmer Flores trade that went wrong, to blowing a 7-2 lead in the ninth inning the following day against the Padres.
With everything looking like he Mets were going to fall through again at making the playoffs all those lows turned to highs. It started with the call-up of the anticipated minor league player, Michael Conforto, and then a huge trade that landed the Mets Yoesnis Cespedes. These moves plus a few stand-out players ran the Mets straight to the World Series where they faced off against the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals took games one and two but now the series shifted over to Citi Field. The place was buzzing and fans were excited for Noah Syndergaard to be on the mound to try and keep the Mets in the series.
From the very first pitch, this game was everything for Mets fans. The Royals lead-off hitter was Alcides Escobar who is known for loving to swing first pitch and get on base, so Syndergaard had his own gameplan for Escobar. Syndergaard started the night off with a fastball thrown high and inside near the head of Escobar to brush him off the plate. The Royals bench took exception to that and had words for Syndergaard.
When asked about what he thought about the Royals players reaction to his pitch here is what Syndergaard said to reporters after the game:
"“I mean, I certainly wasn’t trying to hit the guy, that’s for sure. I just didn’t want him getting too comfortable. If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet, six inches away. I’ve got no problem with that.”"
Syndergaard went on to fan Escobar on the very next three pitches therefore that little brush off seemed to affect Escobar’s approach at the plate. The Royals were able to squeeze one run out though in the first inning to give them an early lead.
The very next half-inning the fireworks continued for the Mets. Trailing 1-0 with a man on up came the captain David Wright. With everything that Wright has been through with this franchise, everyone knew how badly he deserved a world series. So in his first at-bat, he delivered on a monster two-run home run to give the Mets the lead.
It might have been one of the loudest moments in Citi Field history when that ball left the bat of Wright. The Mets gave up two more runs in the second but after that, it was all Mets from thereon out.
Curtis Granderson homered to give the Mets the lead back, Wright got another two-RBI single late in the game along with a few more run-scoring hits and the Mets went on to win 9-3 and stay alive in the series.
Now we all know the Mets lost the series and they blew three of those games but game 3 was just so electric for fans. From the opening pitch to the final out the stadium was rocking with fans screaming and cheering and was just a special moment for all Mets fans around the world.