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Ya Gotta Believe…AGAIN

I’m not going to lie. Going into this series with the Washington Nationals, I had my doubts. Before Friday, I was under a major belief deep in my gut that the Mets were out of it. Sandy Alderson canceled the Carlos Gomez-for-Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler trade, due to Gomez’ bad hip, which, in turn, ultimately came out to be a financial issue, due to “Alderson getting greedy”. The Blue and Orange lost two out of three games to San Diego, including a horrendous Thursday loss involving two rain delays. Most of all, there was a lack of belief that the bats would ever pick up. It was very dismal.

Then, things started to happen. Yoenis Cespedes, stud from the Detroit Tigers on the final year of his contract, was picked up in the final moments before the trade deadline for two minor leaguers. Friday night was incredibly emotional, as Wilmer Flores, the one who broke down prior to “the trade that wan’t made” in public at shortstop, hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 12th for a 2-1 thriller. On Saturday, it was the Lucas Duda show, with the Dude hitting two home runs and drove in a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 8th to power the Mets over the hump 3-2.

However, with a Sunday night baseball game on a prime-time slot played nationally on ESPN, this was the moment the Mets needed to make a major statement. And indeed, it most definitely was punctuated: the boys from Flushing are for real.

I was lucky enough to purchase tickets a few weeks prior. Sitting in the 2nd level of left field, the buzz was as palpable. The Mets fan base brought the electricity. It was the first time in the 6-plus years of Citi Field that an incredible atmosphere, similar to the days of Shea Stadium, took place.


Noah Syndergaard pitching, taken from Left Field (PHOTO CREDIT: Jon’s personal collection)

When Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, and Lucas Duda hit those 3 home runs in the bottom of the 3rd, the noise was absolutely insane. Every Noah Syndergaard strikeout, especially to Bryce Harper in the top of the 8th, was nuclear. Jayson Werth was greeted by the Mets faithful with a “beautiful” chant of “Jay-son-Werth-less”. Bryce Harper was just as lucky, getting the old “Harper Sucks” chants. Lastly, when you hear fans truly getting behind Wilmer Flores, they TRULY are behind him. Chants of “Wil-Mer” rounded around Citi. “The trade that wasn’t made” has catapulted Flores into a cult hero in Mets folklore.

People high-fiving one another, combined with jubilation around the SWEEP this weekend, showcased what can happen when the Mets have a solid team behind them. The fan base believes in what the Mets can do. This has been built up for over 9 years now. The unbridled fervor has been unleashed. The Magic is back with the New York Mets.

Ya Gotta Believe…AGAIN.

Jon Harder

Editor at Legends On Deck
Jon was born in Queens and now resides in New Jersey. He is a die-hard Mets fan and believes HoJo should be in the Mets Hall of Fame. Not only is Jon a contributing writer on Legends On Deck, but he also is the founder of @HardwayHQ, host of the #TheHardwayPodcast and somewhat plays Air Hockey on http://HardwayHQ.com. You can follow Jon on Twitter @TheJonHarder