4) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores kicks off the 2015 run with a home run on 7/31/2015
How do you officially let the rest of the National League know you’re going for a pennant? You send Wilmer Flores to the plate on July 31, 2015.
There was a whole lot of drama in late July of 2015. Flores thought he was getting traded from the Mets and shed tears on the field when he believed his tenure with the ball club was coming to a close. The moment won fans over as he showed genuine love for the team he played for.
Flores ended up staying with the Mets and the club went out and made an even bigger trade than the proposed deal for Carlos Gomez which would have sent him to the Milwaukee Brewers. With Yoenis Cespedes now in tow for the rest of the year, Flores helped kick off a spectacular run at the end of 2015 with his walk-off home run.
The homer, which led off the bottom of the 12th, came in a 1-1 tie against the National League East-leading Washington Nationals. The victory helped the Mets close the gap a little further in the division. Along with the addition of Cespedes, promotion of Michael Conforto, and some other moves, it was immediately viewed as a catalyst for the team turning themselves into a contender.