New York Mets: The best walk-offs hits in Mets history
By Michael Carballeira
Wilmer turns tears to cheers
One of the wildest weeks in Mets history was in 2015 during the trade deadline. The Mets were close to first place but knew they needed something to be done if they wanted to reach the postseason for the first time since 2006.
In a game against the San Diego Padres on July 29th, 2015, just days before the trade deadline, the Mets reportedly had a trade made during the game. The reported deal was that the Mets were going to acquire Carlos Gomez from the Brewers with one of the pieces being Wilmer Flores.
Now when a player is reported to be traded he should be pulled from the game to save the risk of injury no? This was not just any reported deal though.
Flores stayed in the game which turned heads for a lot of fans who knew the deal was in place already and all the fans at Citi Field knew about thanks to social media. So when Flores came up to bat he received a huge standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd.
At this point, Wilmer Flores had to know something was up and after he grounded out and went to shortstop he began to get emotional. The camera caught Flores at shortstop with tears running down his face as he assumed his career with the Mets was finished. This is a kid who grew up in the Mets organization and loved where he was so the emotions made sense.
After the game reports came out that the deal fell apart due to Carlos Gomez’s physical and now all that was crazy, just got crazier. Mets manager Terry Collins was furious with reporters after the game for leaking information that was not true yet. In the postgame press conference he let reporters know it:
"“You guys think this game is easy to play? Play it with s— like that going on in the background.”"
The fun happened two days later where the Mets found themselves three games out of the NL East with a three-game series against the first-place Nationals. Flores was still a Met and was in the starting lineup in the series opener.
Flores got things going for the Mets with an RBI single in the second but the Nationals came back to tie the game in the eighth inning and this game headed to extras.
With neither team scoring in the first two extras inning Carlos Torres came in to pitch for the Mets and pitched a scoreless top of the twelfth. This set the Mets up for yet another walk-off opportunity with none other than Wilmer Flores leading off.
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.
Citi Field was in a frenzy, not only for the walk-off but because Wilmer Flores walked it off. Flores was a huge fan favorite for the Mets and this exact moment was not only big for him but for all fans.