Stepping into the Citi Field clubhouse on Friday for Brad Bach was a dream come true for the Mets' newest relief pitcher.
Brach, 33, grew up in Freehold, N.J. as a die-hard Mets fan and now the team is asking him to help bolster its bullpen and make a run at the playoffs.
Just how big of a Mets fan is Brach? The right-hander has been pitching in the majors since 2011 and considers his best baseball moment being at Citi Field for Game 3 of the 2015 World Series.
"I went to Game 3 with my two brothers and wife. Like I said, we grew up huge Mets fans and I'm a baseball fan, so -- some guys might think it's weird or whatever but it was awesome," Brach said. "I had a great time. When David Wright hit that home run that was probably one of the best baseball moments I've had regardless of on the field or whatnot."
"When David Wright hit that home run...it was probably one of the best baseball moments I've had"- SNY (@SNYtv) August 9, 2019
Brad Brach is a huge Mets fan and was at Game 3 of the 2015 World Series pic.twitter.com/utq57MBFfS
The right-hander is not in Queens to cheer on the Mets, though. The Mets entered Friday a half-game out of the second Wild Card spot and need some depth out of the bullpen. Brach believes he is the right guy to give them that.
"Growing up a huge Mets fan helps," he said. "I just think that I can bring a big asset to this bullpen. I know they need help down there so that's pretty much why I'm here. Being in the Wild Card [race] helps a lot. I just want to be with a team that's in the race and I know how it is, especially with Mets fans and how excited they get when they are in the race."
The right-hander struggled this season with the Cubs, though. He posted a 6.13 ERA in 39.2 innings, but struck out 45 batters. In nine seasons in the majors, Brach has a career 3.32 ERA and is optimistic he can return to that kind of form.
"They said they have a few things they want to discuss, but Mickey [Callaway] came up to me and said, 'your stuff looks the same,' he's like, 'you just didn't have the results in Chicago,'" Brach said. "Just got to get back to do what I do well ... it comes down to making and executing pitches."