4) All-Star Game Emergence
Elected to his first All-Star game in only his second season in the league, deGrom showed the league a little preview of just how dominant he would be. Coming out of the bullpen in the top of the sixth inning, deGrom struck out Stephen Vogt, Jason Kipnis, and Jose Iglesias on only ten pitches.
Anytime you strike out the side it is impressive, add on the fact that it was done on 10 pitches makes it even better, and why stop there when you can do it against the league’s best players in the All-Star game.
I remember sitting down watching this game waiting for deGrom to come into the game as he was the only Mets player. I also remember sitting in awe as he made it look so easy. I was almost a little annoyed that he did that good as odd as that may sound because I wanted to see him throw more than ten pitches. At the end of the night and that inning, I was still ecstatic I got to watch deGrom in the All-Star game and show the league how good he truly was.
I think this is when most Mets fans and baseball fans, in general, realized deGrom could truly be something special. Fellow Rising Apple writer Elizabeth Muratore recently wrote about this deGrom moment and captures it perfectly how much this moment can and did impact a Mets fan.
I am still in awe years later at how easy he made it look against some of the league’s best players at that time.
Hopefully, the next step for deGrom is showing the world how dominant he can be on baseball’s greatest stage in October.