During Tom Seaver’s Met career most of the baseball talk in this town was about the Mets-not the Yankees and as we honored his legacy at Citi last night it almost seems fitting the Mets walked off with a win over the Yankees in dramatic fashion.
The pre-game ceremony in which we saw a video honoring Tom Seaver played on the video scoreboard as if fans were in the stands but of course in this CoVid world fans could only watch it on their TV sets at home.
The Met players all put dirt on their right knees to symbolize what we all saw when Tom Terrific pitched, He would always know his follow through on his delivery was being executed properly when he saw dirt on his right knee as his motion had to come that close to the dirt of the mound.
As the game progressed the Yankees built a 4-0 lead but the Mets tied it up only to have the Yankees re-take the lead with 2 runs in the 7th and one run in the 8th, But the Mets were far from done as they plated 2 runs in the 8th on a based loaded hit from Amed Rosario pulling the Mets within one run going into the ninth inning.
And Aroldis Chapman fresh off a beaning incident vs the Rays this past week strode to the mound but was greeted with a game tying homer off the bat of JD Davis sending the contest into MLB’s newfangled extra innings.
In that frame Pete Alonso stepped to the plate and put a giant exclamation point on the night with a game winning homer. The win split the season series with the Yankees with each team not only winning 3 games but both squads won two of those games in walk off fashion.
Most importantly, this occurred on a night we honored one of the true icons in New York sports history and I am sure Tom Seaver was looking down at Citi last night enjoying the game. It was a night sitting in the press box that sent chills up my spine. Baseball is a special sport because it is like that best friend that helps you through tough times.
And I am sure every Met fan was struggling with their emotions as I sat and watched this game. But it also gave them joy on a night when they were feeling so emotionally drained. Baseball can do that and Tom Seaver illustrated that on numerous occasions during his career.