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2 Mets players that became folk heroes this season, 1 who can join them

May 12, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) slides in to third base for a triple during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
May 12, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) slides in to third base for a triple during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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May 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hits a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Tomas Nido has had had his moments but for folk hero status, he needs to do it late in the season

Not yet a Mets folk hero, Tomas Nido is well on his way to becoming one. I think because we have seen Nido in the past, it’s a little harder for me to bestow this honor upon him. Through several seasons of ups and downs, Nido is finally beginning to prove just how awesome he can be this year. If it lasts, folk hero status is certainly in his future.

To his credit, Nido has already come up with some huge home runs for the Mets. He broke a tie with the Atlanta Braves down in Georgia with a late dinger and another with the Colorado Rockies more recently.

This year appears to be Nido’s breakout season. Due to starting catcher James McCann’s underperformance at the plate, he’s seeing a lot more action. It has allowed him to have moments like these. The more he hits, the more Luis Rojas is having trouble taking him out of the lineup.

Backup catchers are perfect candidates to become a folk hero. They represent the common man and woman. Usually found sitting on the sidelines, when called upon, they need to be at the top of their game.

Nido has done more than expected of him this year. Folk hero status is only a late-season clutch home run away from happening.

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Picture it: Citi Field, October 2021. Tomas Nido is at the plate. A long drive puts the game in the books. The man becomes a Mets legend.

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