Think about this: everyone on this planet under 21 has only seen the New York Mets win one game in the World Series. One!
It took place on October 30, 2015. You may know this day as “mischief night” in some parts of the country. There wasn’t much mischief on behalf of the Mets on this night.
Looking back at the club’s most recent victory in the World Series, it appears to be the most perfectly scripted game you could ask for.
Game 3 of the 2015 World Series had everything you could ask for
Was Game 3 of the 2015 World Series the most legendary playoff game the Mets organization has ever been involved in? Absolutely not. Not even close. It’s actually quite forgettable considering it was the only one the team won among the five.
It all started with the rivalry going on between starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and Kansas City Royals leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar. Escobar had a reputation for swinging at the first pitch. So, to ensure he wouldn’t, Thor went up and in to begin the game.
After the game, Syndergaard gave us one of the great quotes in recent history:
"“If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me at 60 feet, six inches away.”"
Syndergaard was a rookie back then just beginning to show the rest of the league what he was made of. He uplifted the momentum for the Mets with this start and the brass pair of you-know-whats he showed with his unforgiving words after the game.
And this was just the first batter of the game who, by the way, struck out.
The Royals would get to Syndergaard early with a run in the first. However, in the bottom of the first, we would get our second great moment.
After a leadoff single by Curtis Granderson, David Wright stepped up to the plate. Mets fans had waited more than a decade to see him appear in the World Series. In this at-bat, his first in front of the hometown fans, Wright took Royals starter Yordano Ventura yard to give the Mets the lead.
Things weren’t so easy for Syndergaard in the second. An RBI single and another run on a passed ball put Kansas City back on top. It was in the bottom of the third when a leadoff single by Syndergaard set the Mets up to retake the lead. This time, it would be for good.
Granderson hit a two-run home run of his own to give New York the 4-3 lead. An inning later, rookie outfielder Michael Conforto drove in Lucas Duda with a single.
The game would eventually end with a 9-3 score in favor of the Mets. The Royals had to turn to seven different pitchers in this game, potentially setting themselves up for some tired arms later on. Meanwhile, the Mets got six from Syndergaard then an inning each from Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia. The former two were trade deadline acquisitions the team made in the summer. Familia was looking to finish off his year strong with a memorable playoff performance.
Like so many Judd Apatow films, we wish this was the ending. Nope. It would go on.
The good feels from Game 3 would become a distant memory. With two straight heartbreaking losses on back-to-back nights in New York, the good times on this mischief night were over and fans in Flushing felt like so many people do on Halloween morning: like they’re living in a house covered in wet toilet paper.
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For one night, at least, everything we could have wanted from the Mets happened. Syndergaard was a promising young beat. Wright got his big World Series home run. Fan-favorite Granderson came through. Most important of all, the Mets won.