1) NY Mets top moment: Every bench mob walk-off or game-leading at-bat
Is it cheating to put more than one moment as the number one? It probably is. It’s like saying all of your children are your favorite. Who are you kidding? At least one is your least favorite.
The Mets bench mob captured our hearts in 2021. Not all of their brilliance came in walk-off or game-leading moments, but those were definitely the biggest.
Off the top of my head, there was the Tomas Nido go-ahead home run against the Atlanta Braves. We had Patrick Mazeika making his presence known with walk-off fielder’s choices and walks to go along with go-ahead sacrifice flies. Has there ever been a more unique set of game-winning circumstances? Brandon Drury was a late addition with his walk-off hit and subsequent refusal to get stripped on the field.
Others who passed through, like Jose Peraza and Billy McKinney, also shined for a period of time. When things were seemingly rockiest, the team managed to stay alive.
Beyond those bench mob attendees, we have the performance given by Jonathan Villar and Kevin Pillar this year. Acquired this offseason to be leaders on the second-string, each played their way into a more prominent role with the club. Villar, especially, put together some huge hits for the Mets.
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Which other Mets moments were your favorite this season? Before you answer, let me put on a helmet and await a barrage of “seeing it end” comments to come.