The New York Mets are enjoying one of the best seasons in franchise history, sitting at over 30 games above .500 and fighting off the defending champion Braves for first in the NL East.
They've done this behind some elite starting pitching and timely hitting. The brand of baseball the Mets have played has been very fun to watch.
In the modern game, teams often try to hit as many home runs as possible while the Mets have been winning with a small ball approach, just trying to put the ball in play as much as possible.
Guys like Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom are of course beloved by the fans but what's made this season even more special is the births of new Mets fan obsessions. There are players who have won the hearts of Mets fans everywhere for plenty of different reasons. It could be a song, it could be a player's appearance, and it could even be something as simple as an Instagram account.
1) NY Mets players who became fan favorites in 2022: Daniel Vogelbach
At the trade deadline, the Mets acquired Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates in exchange for Colin Holderman. While some fans wanted a bigger name to fill the DH spot like J.D. Martinez or Trey Mancini, Vogelbach has done an excellent job in this role against right-handed pitching.
For years now Vogelbach has raked against righties and as a Met, he got off to a fast start. In his first 18 games as a Met, he had a .986 OPS and the Mets went 15-3 in those games.
Vogelbach has provided great protection for Pete Alonso, something he had been missing for most of the season thanks to the struggles of the other players the Mets tried at DH before acquiring Vogelbach.
His play has been really solid, but what's won the hearts of Mets fans is his appearance and even a fun walk-up song. Vogelbach is 6'0" and 270 pounds which makes him very Bartolo Colon-like. Mets fans gushed over Vogelbach after seeing him run the bases.
On Women's Day at Citi Field during a game a couple of weeks ago, many Mets players changed their walk-up songs to be ones written by women for the game. When Vogelbach chose "Milkshake" by Kelis as his song, it went viral.
Vogelbach gets cheered at the same level as guys like Alonso and Lindor when he steps up to the plate and it's really awesome to see.