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Sep 17, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 12, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the top of the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jeurys Familia is the outdated videogame system that was hot three years ago

When Jeurys Familia returned to the Mets after the 2018 season, the plan was to have him work as a setup man for Edwin Diaz. We all know how bad that turned out. Like an outdated videogame system, he just kind of sat there in the bullpen collecting dust.

Familia was great for the Mets earlier on in his career. As the closer in 2015 and 2016, there were few better than him throughout the game.

Somewhere along the way, Familia seemed to age quickly, lose his confidence, and become nothing more than a videogame system with one awesome game.

Many years ago, I remember getting the first Playstation because I knew I could play Resident Evil on it. My babysitter’s kids had the game but they never let me play because they were older and that’s what preteens do.

Fast-forward a few Christmases and I did get the Playstation and the Resident Evil game. I was terrible at it. To make matters worse, Playstation 2 had already come out and Sony was focused on making new and exciting games for that platform—not the outdated one I would play in my bedroom.

The Mets might be hoping Familia has some GoldenEye or Mario Kart in him. To this day, people still play the Nintendo 64 for the sake of getting a dose of those two classics.

I don’t see Familia this way. He reminds me more of the original Resident Evil with the poor graphics by today’s standards. And much like the characters in that first Resident Evil, sometimes when Familia is on the mound, it looks like he’s running into walls.

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