So many times in Met history the team left Yankee Stadium shaking their heads whether it be after a Luis Castillo dropped pop up or a night where a steroid raged Roger Clemens threw his bat at Mike Piazza during the 2000 World Series. But last night, the Mets left the Yankee world shaking their heads on a night they swept a doubleheader in dramatic fashion.
And all of this happened on a night it seemed Steve Cohen, an owner Mets fans desperately want, seemed closer to landing a deal with the Wilpons. In Game 1 of the twin bill Pete Alonso tied the game with a 3 rum homer followed by a solo shot from Dominic Smith who had a very emotional week.
But the big drama occurred in the nightcap as the Mets, serving as the home team, entered their final at bat down a run. Amed Rosario stepped up to the plate with one out and a runner on and crushed a 2 run homer off Aroldis Chapman to give the Mets a walk off win at Yankee Stadium. That’s correct you read that correctly a Met walk off win in the Bronx. The Mets had a rather tepid celebration because of Corona Virus protocol but what a historic moment.
It has been over a century in the game of baseball since anyone enjoyed a walk off in that fashion–doing it in enemy territory. But more that this Met team showed resolve all week partnering with the Marlins to execute a purposeful and appropriate moment to fight racism and then returning to the field to give us the most memorable finish to any game in Subway Series history.
Rosario’s blast also pinned the seventh straight loss on the Yankee resume as the Met bullpen twice in one day pinned scoreless inning after scoreless inning on the scoreboard while the Yankee bullpen crumbled at every turn. And it also came on a night where it became clearer whom the new Met owner would be and if approved how that new owner could match the Yankees dollar for dollar in building their roster.
A historic day for Met Nation and one Met fans will NEVER forget. A shining example of how great the game of baseball is to watch–drama that is never scripted and is true reality television.