Michael Conforto’s best Mets moments #1: World Series homers 10/31/15
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Conforto, then a 22-year-old rookie, had only played 56 regular season games and another 10 in the postseason. He had a good rookie season, but little did he know, his biggest moment would come in game four of the World Series.
He led off the bottom of the third inning against Chris Young. The soft-tossing righty threw an 87 mph fastball right down the middle and belt high. Conforto yanked it down the right field line, keeping it just inside the foul pole, and depositing that ball about halfway up the then Pepsi Porch. He rounded the bases, clapping and screaming after touching home. Mets up 1-0.
The lefty came up again in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Mets leading 2-1. This time, he was facing hard-throwing southpaw Danny Duffy. If there was one knock on Conforto’s rookie season, it’s that he struggled against lefties. In a small sample size, only 14 at-bats, he only hit .214 with a .481 OPS.
Conforto worked a 2-2 count before Duffy threw an 83 mph slider low in the middle of the zone. He was fooled, but he kept his front shoulder in and was able to drive the ball out to right-center off the roof of the Mets bullpen. Conforto screamed and fist pumped on his way to second base as Citi Field erupted for the second time that night.
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The Mets would go on to lose the game, but Conforto shined under the brightest lights in baseball. I hope the Mets are able to keep Conforto so we get more moments like this from him.