These New York Mets find ways to keep rolling

Citi Field, New York Mets. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Citi Field, New York Mets. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) /

The New York Mets season-long roller coaster ride is on the rise again. Our Joe Noa was at Citi Field for a recent Amazing Amazin’s comeback.

Here is the New York Mets roller coaster ride that refuses to come to an end. And I love it. Don’t you? This ride is climbing again. It leaves you in a nailbiting, white-knuckling, holding on for dear life state, wondering what else can possibly happen as we soon close out the dog days of August and enter the stretch drive towards the postseason.

At the all-star break, the Amazins were going nowhere. There was nothing the Mets did that worked. Shortstop Amed Rosario was playing shortstop like a goalie on a soccer field. Robinson Cano looked like a second baseman that did not want to to be there. Wilson Ramos couldn’t even be a decent hockey goalie with all the passed balls.

And I have not gotten to the bullpen. How about the prized stopper New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen acquired in a blockbuster trade during the offseason, Edwin Diaz? He is still having his problems but seems to have turned it around over the last week. Jeurys Familia lost that loving feeling, and the strike zone too. Then free agent signing Justin Wilson went down, not once but twice to the injured list. So have Luis Avilan and Robert Gsellman.

Polar Bear Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil were having All-Star seasons, but without the Mets being in the race, it was just two players representing the Mets at this year’s All-Star Game. But that was then and this is now.

The Mets have completely turned this season around. The timely hitting and power supplied by Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis, Michael Conforto, and Dom Smith. Unfortunately, Smith is hurt and forced to wear a boot. Did this stop the Mets surge? Certainly not! It’s called stepping up.

Alonso and McNeil can’t do it all offensively. For this team to have any chance to get into the postseason, there has to be a different player stepping up.

I was at the August 10th game versus the Washington Nationals. The atmosphere at Citi Field was nothing short of electrifying. A playoff-type game was played and the fans were into it. It was a throwback to the days of Shea Stadium when 55,000 fans would shake the stand like it was a California earthquake.

With the New York Mets down 2-0, Davis hit a mammoth shot to put the Mets on the scoreboard. Then Wilson took Patrick Corbin deep with a tremendous shot to the second deck in left field to tie the score. Nats outfielder Juan Soto took Seth Lugo deep to give the Nats a 3-2 lead. But there something special in the air. Mets fans became the 10th man and the chants were deafening.

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway called on Luis Guillorme to pinch-hit. He was a .192 hitter that too many at the game considered the last person to go bat. Pitching on the mound was the veteran reliever, Fernando Rodney.

Guillorme, not known for power, hit Rodney’s pitch into the air. I just thought it was a fly ball, except it kept carrying and to the amazement of Mets fans, the ball decidedly cleared the rightfield wall for a home run. What did I just see?! The crowd erupted as Guillorme tied the game 3-3! It was his first career dinger.

Then Joe Panik scored the winning run on Davis sacrifice fly and the Mets win 4-3. I was like a bug-eyed kid again, watching and taking in all in, high-fiving anyone around me. Is this city a National League town? Believe it! Was Cleon Jones right when he said the Mets in 1969 were America’s Team? You bet!

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The Mets are back in it and the rollercoaster continues to roll.