Last week, the New York Mets were living a real-life horror story. Coming off of a 2-11 record, they dropped the first game on Friday to the Washington Nationals. The team managed to follow it up with two victories to close out the series but stir up a whole new kind of controversy with its star players right smack dab in the middle of it all.
George A. Romero couldn’t have written a better script to send shivers down the spines of teenagers. Fortunately for Mets fans, the master of the zombie genre had something else in store for them on Tuesday.
Entering the ninth inning of the first of two games versus the Miami Marlins, the Mets looked like the living dead. A few big hits, lucky bounces, and the Marlins showing their true colors all led to a finale nobody saw coming: the Mets are still alive!
The 2021 Mets season isn’t dead yet
Earning a playoff spot won’t be easy for this Mets team. They have done little all year long to prove they can hang with the big boys. Performing poorly in August didn’t help matters at all. However, closing things out strongly in August and overcoming the swirling controversy should have us all rethinking just how soon this team might get eliminated.
Although I’m not about to change my October plans around—the team is still below .500 after all—the excitement is real.
The schedule favors the Mets over the next nearly two weeks. They play nothing but Nationals and Marlins. This is their chance to fatten up and make the National League East a rarely seen three-team race.
Like any good zombie movie, the doubleheader had an unlikely hero. Rising up through the ashes, Michael Conforto came through with the game-winning knock in the bottom of the ninth inning. This came after he practically tore himself apart for making an out in an earlier at-bat.
As if this wasn’t Rick Grimes enough of him, Conforto put on his cowboy hat, loaded up his revolver, and hit a two-run home run in the nightcap. With a final score of 3-1, the importance of this long ball was abundantly clear.
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Just last week, Citi Field felt like The Land of the Dead. The team was losing and all signs pointed toward them being Left 4 Dead. Even if 28 Days Later from this moment we have succumbed to the 2021 season apocalypse, we have to appreciate the fight they showed. Let’s enjoy this ride.