From tears to cheers
Back during the postseason push in 2015 for the Mets they had an interesting few days by the trade deadline. As the deadline was approaching there were rumors out that the Mets were looking to make a deal to make a late push to the postseason.
On July 29th, 2015 the Mets were playing the San Diego Padres and reports came out mid-game that a deal was in place for the Mets to bring in Carlos Gomez from the Brewers and one of the pieces to be moved was Wilmer Flores.
What was weird about this was after all the reports came out Flores was still in the game where he came to bat in the seventh and the fans gave him a standing ovation. The ovation carried out to the field where cameras caught Flores crying at shortstop as he found out pretty much that he was going to be moved.
The tears came because this was a team Flores came up with when he was just sixteen years old and it finally hit him. Now what came to follow was not the norm. Apparently, the trade fell through due to concerns over Carlos Gomez’s hip and the media was jumping on it. Mets manager Terry Collins was not happy about it postgame where he let it out to reporters:
“You guys think this game is easy to play? Play it with s— like that going on in the background.”
So with Flores still on the Mets roster two days later the Mets came into a three-game series against the Nationals who they trailed by three games in the NL East. Flores got things going with an RBI single in the second inning. The Nationals tied the game late in the eighth and this game headed to extras.
In extras, neither team scored in the tenth or the eleventh. Carlos Torres pitched a scoreless top of the twelfth to give the Mets another chance of a walk-off. Leading off was none other than, that’s right you guessed it, Wilmer Flores.
With a 1-1 count to Flores, the tears from Wednesday night quickly turned into Flushing cheers. Flores drilled a shot to deep left-center field for a walk-off home run to pull within two games of the division. Flores rounded third and grabbed his jersey by his chest and gave bumps pretty much saying hey this is where I want to be.
Yes, it was huge to pull within two games of the Nationals but for Flores, this was bigger than just that. As I said earlier he came into the system as a sixteen-year-old and the Mets is all he knew and that is where he wanted to be.