2) NY Mets players who became fan favorites in 2022: Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz's tenure as a Met has included many ups and downs. It started worse than anyone could imagine, with the former Mariner posting a 5.56 ERA and seemingly blowing every key save. After producing that poor of a debut season with a new team, especially this one, Diaz was going to have a lot of work to do in order to win the fans back.
Slowly but steadily, Edwin started showing Mets fans why they traded him. He had back-to-back solid seasons in 2020 and 2021, but fans still were calling for him to be traded.
theIn the 2020 season, Diaz turned back to his old entrance song that he used in Seattle, "Narco" by Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet. Since that switch, he's been the guy the Mets wanted to trade for.
He started winning the fans back in 2021 thanks to the song, but it didn't completely catch fire because he wasn't quite as dominant as he was in his 57-save season in 2018.
This season has been a completely different story. Diaz has been a better version of that all-star pitcher and has turned into the best closer in the game. He's struck out an absurd 17.4/9 with a legitimate shot at breaking the K/9 record set by Aroldis Chapman of 17.7/9.
When the trumpets come on, the opponent knows it's game over. The crowd gets very loud, they cheer on Diaz with every pitch. I won't say it's quite the treatment Jacob deGrom gets, but it's very close.
Not only has the song won over Mets fans, but it also seems to have caught onto just about any sports fan. Every time he comes into a game videos of the entrance go viral on social media.
Watching Diaz this season has been an absolute pleasure and thanks to his song and dominant performance, he's completely won the fans back to the point where if he is not re-signed this offseason, I'm convinced Twitter will blow up.