New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (David Goldman/AP)
New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman/AP)

David Wright will play his first game with the Mets in over two years this Saturday at Citi Field.

Wright is a Mets legend, as I explained here in a post last week.However, to most Mets fans, David is more than a bunch of stats. He was our rock. In good times he made us smile and feel a sense of pride only experienced from a great, passionate, homegrown player. And in bad times, he always stood out front, answering difficult questions, and convincing us to stay loyal.

In my 15 years writing MetsBlog, I have done one-on-one interviews with David by phone or in person more than 20 times. The following Q&A, which we did in January of 2016 in advance of him writing the foreword to my book, The Mets Fans Bucket List, Wright speaks about his family and memories of Shea Stadium.

More than anything, though, it's his comments about having a similar respect and appreciation for Mets fans that stick out most...


Matthew Cerrone...

It's been more than 14 years, nearly 6,000 at bats, close to 1,800 hits, and more than 1,500 games ago that you made your debut for the Mets at Shea Stadium in July, 2004. What do you remember from that morning when you got the call that you'd finally be promoted and joining the big-league team?

David Wright...

Well, it's funny because that morning I woke up in Virginia -- in my home town -- because I was playing for the Norfolk Tides, and I don't even think I slept the night before because I was told by our manager, John Stearns, that I was going to the big leagues the next night.



So, the friends I grew up with and I celebrated a little and then I celebrated with my parents and family that lived there and by the time I got packed up and in bed it couldn't have been before 2:00, 3:00 a.m. and I had to catch a flight first thing the next morning. I woke up in Virginia with an incredible amount of adrenaline, getting on an hour-long flight and going straight to the field, where I spent the first couple of hours sitting in my locker just staring at my jersey.

Matthew Cerrone...

I know you grew up rooting mostly for the Mets because you would see guys coming up and playing with the Tides in Virginia. So, had you ever attended a game at Shea Stadium prior to setting foot on it as a player?

David Wright...

The only game I had been to at Shea was after I was drafted and signed. I was 18 years old. It was my first time in New York. The Mets were kind enough to fly out my family -- my three brothers, my mom and my dad.

At the time, they let their draft picks take a round of batting practice before the game. I took batting practice and then went in to the dugout, sat and watched everybody else. Then I hear Bobby Valentine yelling at me, saying, "Hey, what are you doing?"

And I'm like, "Uh oh, what?" I was scared to death. He said, "You think you're going to hit without taking ground balls? Get your glove and get out to third base."

So, I went out and took ground balls. I coudn't believe I was playing catch right next to Mike Piazza. I was so nervous that a throw would get away from me and hit Mike. I've never been that nervous to play a game of catch in my life. I was 18 years old, I had just signed my contract to start my career in the minor leagues and there I am playing catch next to Mike Piazza after my brothers had annoyed him on the field to get his autograph. It was surreal.

Matthew Cerrone...

I remember talking to you by phone when you were a rookie. It was probably a month after you were called up -- it was actually one of the first ever interviews, for what it's worth -- and you were still in awe of where you were in your career and that you were able to realize your goal and all of the hard work needed to get to the major leagues. Now, after all of these years, do you view it the same way? Do you still see it as unique and something most fans can only dream of and never experience?

David Wright...

Yes, 100 percent. My father was a police officer; my mom worked in the school system; I have a brother that's an engineer, another brother that is a business major, and my youngest brother is about to graduate college. And on a consistent basis they tell me how lucky I am to play baseball for a living. So, I think it always really hits home.

I really don't know what my life would be like without baseball. Sure, there are some days when it's a rough day at the office. But, you look back on it and I think, 'I get to play baseball for a living.' And I remember being a kid going out to games and yelling and screaming for autographs and telling my dad how cool it was that these guys got to play baseball every day, and so I try to remember that as often as possible.

I know every day there's a kid out there in the stands that's watching me for the first time and so I'm going to do whatever I can to play the game the way I think it's meant to be played, which is to have fun, enjoy it and play hard because this kid could look at me and say to himself, 'I'd like to grow up to be the next Mets third baseman,' and I don't want to let him down when he comes to the games and watches me for the first time.



I literally grew up with my dad telling me -- not in a negative way -- that chances are I was never going to play baseball for a living. I've had elementary school teachers that have come up to me or my parents and given me papers and stories from when I was kid saying, 'I'm going to play major league baseball.' And the teachers were like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm sure you will.'

My parents were the same way, saying, 'You need to get your education.' To this day my dad is harping on me because -- when I'm done with baseball -- he wants me to go back to school and get a college degree. There's not one time where I visit my parents does that not get brought up. He's always trying to convince me that it is the way to go. That type of upbringing certainly gives you an outlook and a foundation where I hope I never become the salty, bitter kind of older guy. I want to always view the game like when I played Little League on Saturday mornings.

Baseball has given me so much more than I could have ever dreamed. Getting the chance to call Citi Field and Shea Stadium my office is about as cool as it can get...

Matthew Cerrone...

In case you forgot, which I doubt you have, you popped out to the catcher against John Patterson and the Expos in your first big league at bat. Jae Weong Seo started for you guys. Jose Reyes was at second base because Kaz Matsui was at shortstop. Of course, your boy, Cliff Floyd, was in left field. Ultimately, you went 0-for-4, but you did hit .294 the next two weeks. Aside from those top line moments, what do you remember about your first big-league at bat?

David Wright...

Not much, seriously. It's still a bit of a blur. I remember stepping out of the on-deck circle and just wanting to look at the scoreboard to see my face on it. I'll never forget it. I then started walking to the plate trying to be cool and soak it all in and realize that this is my first major league at-bat. But, again, all I kept doing was looking up at the scoreboard and looking at myself in a Mets uniform on the Jumbotron. I think seeing myself up there helped me get out of the moment and see that this was real.

Matthew Cerrone...

As you know, Mets fans are a lot of things. Obviously, we're passionate and pumped up when the team is playing well. But, we can also be irrational and emotional and angry at times because we expect all-out hustle and max effort and, unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. We're a wild ride. So, after more than a decade of listening to us, what have you learned most about Mets fans that you'll always remember?

David Wright...

Loyalty. The loyalty that this fan base has shown to me has been off the charts and something I will never forget when things are all said and done. I respect that and I think Mets fans know that I truly appreciate it. 

Also, for them, it's not just about coming to the ballpark and watching a baseball game. Mets fans really know the game. They know when a guy does something well that may not show up in the box score, and they also know when you didn't get the job done. I mean, it's pretty special when fans cheer for you after hitting a ground ball to the second baseman with a guy on second and nobody out just so you can get a runner to third. I think there's more of an appreciation for that type of baseball -- when you do the small things correctly -- than anywhere else.



I truly appreciate that they don't just come to the ballpark, watch a game, have a beer, have a hot dog, go home and never think about it again. Our fan base is a lot more rabid that that. Their knowledge level is high that their expectations are always high, too. And when that happens, it's a lot more fun to come to the ballpark; not just for the fans, but also for us as players.

Matthew Cerrone...

Well, now I know you're not lying when you say you don't have a Twitter account! In all seriousness, though, I tend to agree with you, especially about our affinity for the little things, the pitching-and-defense, situational-hitting type of baseball. Why do you think that is? Where do you think that comes from?

David Wright...

The fans I encounter on the streets -- in a casual setting -- all seemed to grow up playing baseball. In New York, for whatever reason, it seems like everybody's played the game. Whether it's an older guy that played stickball in Brooklyn or a younger guy that played Little League or is playing college or high school ball or in an adult league, it doesn't matter what level, it could be Wiffle Ball, I think they just love talking about the game.

They love interacting and talking shop. It's not just, 'Hey, nice win last night.'

For instance, when I'm struggling at the plate, in New York, I suddenly meet thousands of hitting coaches I'm walking down the street to get a sandwich... and, to me, that's a good thing, that's cool, because it means they're into the game. It's more than just wins and loses. They want to get to know you as a person, but as a player they want to offer advice. To some guys I think that's intimidating, but to me it's cool that there's so much intensity you can get stopped on the street and they feel like they can genuinely help you out because they played high school baseball or they went to fantasy camp last year or they've been watching you since you were 18 years old and they think they can fix your swing. That's awesome and it speaks to the passion and intensity there is for baseball in New York.

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso voiced his support for manager Mickey Callaway after hitting a historic home run in Monday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.

"He's a great leader and all of us love playing for him," Alonso said. "He's a great manager. It would be devastating if his job was in jeopardy or he wasn't the skipper anymore. I think he deserves to be our manager. He's a great leader and we all love playing for him."

Amid the Mets' five-game losing streak that dropped them to 20-25, including a sweep at the hands of the last-place Marlins, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said earlier Monday how he envisions Callaway being the manager for the "foreseeable future."

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New York Mets pinch hitter Robinson Cano doubles against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pinch hitter Robinson Cano doubles against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after not running out a ground ball, Mets second baseman Robinson Cano hit a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning, getting to second base in 8.43 seconds, his fastest time since 2016, according to MLB.com's Andrew Simon.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway took notice.

"I think he got the hint," Callaway said after Monday's 5-3 win over the Nationals, a game in which Cano was not in the starting lineup.

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Mets beat Nats, 5-3 00:01:24
Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the 1st inning as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field

Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso both hit home runs and the Mets' bullpen hang on to beat the Nationals 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario and Alonso both hit solo homers off Patrick Corbin in the first inning. Rosario hit an 0-2 fastball to center field to make it 1-0, and two batters later Alonso hit a 1-2 fastball to left-center for his 15th home run of the season.

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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)

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In light of what Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen called a "non-baseball" injury in which Yoenis Cespedes fell into a hole on his ranch and fractured an ankle, can the Mets get out of the remainder of his contract?

The answer, according to agents and executives not connected to Cespedes or the Mets, is that it depends on the specifics of how he was injured, and whether they violate certain contract language.

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Van Wagenen endorses Callaway 00:02:35
Brodie Van Wagenen addressed the media stating Mickey Callaway was their guy for the forseeable future.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen met with the media on Monday at Citi Field and threw his support behind embattled manager Mickey Callaway. But that support came with an asterisk. 

"We called a meeting today with the coaching staff and with the players," Van Wagenen said after arriving late to the press conference due to the aforementioned meeting. "The puirpose of this meeting had many different aspects to it. First and foremost, to make clear to the coaches make clear to Mickey, and make sure that the players understood that I, the front office, and the entire ownership group has support of Mickey Callaway as our manager. Mickey is our manager now, Mickey is our manager going forward," Callaway said.

After adding that there is confidence among the players, Van Wagenen explained why he thinks Callaway remains the right man for the job. 

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Carlos Gomez hits RBI double 00:00:15
Carlos Gomez gets his 1st hit as a Met in 12 years on Monday night against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field

When Carlos Gomez first came up with the Mets, they still played at Shea Stadium.

Twelve years later, Gomez recorded his first hit at Citi Field as a member of the Mets, and it was a big one.

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Cespedes fractures ankle 00:02:00
Van Wagenen surprised everyone announcing Cespedes had suffered a 'violent fall' fracturing his ankle and making his return indefinite.

Yoenis Cespedes was involved in a "violent fall" at his ranch in Port St. Lucie over the weekend and sustained right "ankle fractures," according to Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen. 

Van Wagenen said that Cespedes is being evaluated at a hospital in New York and they will need more information on doctors before fully understanding the severity of the injury.

The GM added that Cespedes did not fall off a horse, but did fall and step in a hole in which he "twisted and put his leg and foot" in a bad position.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Even though the Mets have struggled to a 20-25 record through late May, GM Brodie Van Wagenen still believes his current group of players has what it takes to be contenders.

"I don't have regrets from this offseason," Van Wagenen said at a press conference Monday. "When I said publicly and privately that I believed that we could create a contending team, I believed that wholeheartedly. I believed it then and I believe that there is still enough talent in this room to get back in contention this year."

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Cano responds to not playing 00:01:27
Cano says no one told him that part of the reason he was not playing Monday was because of his lack of hustle, but he does regret it.

The day after his second inexcusable transgression on the bases, Robinson Cano is not in the Mets' lineup Monday night as they open a series against the Nationals at Citi Field.

Instead, Jeff McNeil gets the start at second base while J.D. Davis starts in left field.

Asked why Cano is out of the lineup, manager Mickey Callaway -- the day after making excuses for Cano -- listed three reasons.

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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Amidst a tornado of bad news on Monday, the Mets got some good news on Michael Conforto, who has been symptom-free for the last three days after being diagnosed with a concussion.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen said that the team is awaiting the results of tests to determine what type of activities Conforto is cleared to begin. 

Conforto was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Friday after leaving Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball.

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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-25, 6.5 GB in NL East) will look to end their five-game losing streak against with a matchup against the Washington Nationals on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets notes

The Mets have lost five games in a row and are looking to get back on track against the Nationals at Citi Field where they are 9-8 this season and have won their last three games. ... The Mets have gone 19 innings without scoring a run, which last came in the eighth inning on Friday. ... Carlos Gomez is playing his first game in Citi Field as a Met, where he owns a .417/.509/1.071 slash line with four doubles, a home run and six RBI.

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Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets were dealt another blow on Monday when they announced that reliever Seth Lugo was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder tendinitis. 

Left-hand pitcher Hector Santiago was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Lugo on the roster. 

Lugo, 29, has been effective out of the bullpen this season, pitching to a 2-0 record with a 3.12 ERA,1.00 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched this season. He began to feel discomfort in his shoulder during his outing on Sunday, in which he allowed a solo home run to Curtis Granderson in an inning of work, and will be shut down for a few days before being re-evaluated. 

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May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher Wilmer Font (68) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher Wilmer Font (68) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After considering Drew Gagnon as their spot-starter for Monday night's series opener against the Nationals at Citi Field, the Mets have instead chosen Wilmer Font

Font, who pitched relatively well in his first start with the Mets (allowing two runs in 4.0 innings), got shellacked by the Nationals in his second start, allowing five runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two in 2.1 innings.

While Gagnon has pitched very well out of the bullpen for the Mets lately, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings over his last five appearances, he hasn't thrown more than 26 pitches in any of them.

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop a Monday podcast after a rough weekend for the Mets. They sort through the uncertainty surrounding manager Mickey Callaway, as the speculation grows about his status with the team. They also dive into the Robinson Cano controversy, and how his "running" issues are playing out in relation to Mickey and the struggles of the squad.

Click below to listen...

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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
(Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is viewed by most minor league experts as one of the best 50 or so prospects in baseball.

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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) return home after a nightmare trip to face the Nationals at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Sunday, in case you missed it:


As the Mets were swept by the Marlins, they managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games >> Read more

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

A little more than a week ago, we heard that Mickey Callaway's job was safe -- and word on Sunday evening, following an embarrassing sweep in Miami, was that nothing had changed yet.

Make no mistake, the subject of Callaway's job security won't go away unless the team starts to win, and quickly. But after Sunday's game, Mets higher-ups had not reached the point of firing their manager.

Having said that, the team believes that its roster is severely underperforming...

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Cano?s hustle questioned 00:01:50
For the second time this week, Cano didn?t run to first on a play. Callaway defended the second baseman and his choice not to bench him

If this story seems familiar, it's because it is. 

One day after Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained why he didn't bench Robinson Cano for failing to run out a ground ball double play (something Cano blamed on the scoreboard operator), Callaway had to explain why he didn't pull Cano from Sunday's game after failing to run at all on another double play ground ball. 

And Callaway seemed to be making excuses for his second baseman. 

 

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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on from the dugout priror to the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on from the dugout priror to the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

It's not all bad in Mets land. 

While the big league team continues its troubling ways, Tim Tebow finally hit his first homer of the season in the Minors. Batting eighth and playing left field for Syracuse, Tebow followed David Thompson's solo shot with one of his own off Columbus' Asher Wojciechowski

Tebow jumped on the first pitch and drove it over the right-field wall. 

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Syndergaard strong on Callaway 00:01:14
Noah Syndergaard defended his manager, Mickey Callaway, after the Mets were swept by the Marlins. He also said it's still early to panic

For all of the speculation regarding Mickey Callaway's job status, one prominent locker room voice expressed his displeasure in the "will-they-won't-they" dance. 

Noah Syndergaard went so far as to call rumors regarding Callaway's insecure job status "bulls---" after the Mets were shut out by the Marlins, 3-0, and swept by the last-place team. 

"I respect the hell out of Mickey," said Syndegaard, who took the loss Sunday despite pitching well. "Mickey has tremendous leadership values. It's kind of bullshit what's going on right now with this speculation that there could be a change, because we're so early in the season." 

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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

After the Mets were blanked by the Marlins for the second-straight day as Miami completed a three-game sweep, manager Mickey Callaway spoke as questions about his job security continued to swirl. 

And while GM Brodie Van Wagenen was in Miami on Friday and Saturday, he was not there after Sunday's game -- with Callaway saying Van Wagenen was "never scheduled" to be in Miami Sunday.

Callaway, who said he expected to talk with -- as he usually does -- Van Wagenen and ownership ("we always touch base") before the team opens a homestand on Monday, said he doesn't think the weekend sweep will cost him. 

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Mets swept by Marlins 00:01:12
For the first time since 1967 the Mets had two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. It's also the first series sweep for Miami since 2017

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 with their offense close to a total no-show as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep. After getting one hit on Saturday, the Mets managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job potentially on the line, the Mets' offense reached a new low -- with Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara reaching the eighth inning having thrown just 62 pitches. Yes, 62 pitches. Alcantara faltered a bit in the eighth, but came back out for the ninth with only 78 pitches under his belt and retired the side in order to complete the shutout. It took him 89 total pitches. The game took one hour and 59 minutes.

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Cano caught not running again 00:00:21
Robinson Cano didn't run on what he thought was a foul ball. Instead, the Marlins played it into a double play.

Two days after not running hard on a 1-6-3 double play and using the excuse that he thought there were two outs instead of one, Mets second baseman Robinson Cano didn't move at all on another double play he hit into.

This time, Cano hit a ball right in front of the plate and stared directly at it while not running at all.

The play happened in the top of the fourth inning with J.D. Davis on first base and one out. Cano swung and tapped the ball, with it winding up right in front of the plate and rolling slightly down the first base line. While Cano was staring at the ball and not moving, the Marlins turned an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off over the last two weeks as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to a still-impressive .314/.397/.529.

In 39 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and seven stolen bases. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in NL East) will look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the MLB-worst Marlins on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets have lost four games in a row and are looking to prevent their first five-game losing streak since June of 2018. ... The Mets haven't been swept in a three-game series by the Marlins since September of 2017. ... The Mets have been outscored 8-0 in the first inning over their last four games. ... After winning seven of their first eight road games this season, the Mets have gone 4-15 away from Citi Field. 

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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in the NL East) look to avoid what would be a pathetic sweep at the hands of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon in Miami at 1:10.

Here's what went down on Saturday, in case you missed it:


A listless Mets squad managed just one hit as they were shut out by the Marlins, losing their fourth-consecutive game to fall four games under .500 for the first time this season >> Read more

Tags: Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jim Duquette on Mets' woes 00:03:06
SNY Mets analyst Jim Duquette on what must change for the Mets to turn their season around

Baseball people know a dead team when they see one -- and here's a sampling of words offered via text from several veteran evaluators, executives and former players during Saturday's 2-0 loss to the historically bad Miami Marlins:

"Listless."

"No energy."

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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets lost their fourth-straight game on Saturday, and this loss was a special kind of awful: They were one-hit by the MLB-worst Marlins a day after being shellacked by the same Marlins.

With Mickey Callaway's job potentially at risk and those questions not going away even if the Mets win on Sunday to save face, the manager was asked by SNY's Steve Gelbs after Saturday's loss if the team was playing with the requisite amount of urgency.

"I don't think the results have been there," Callaway said. "I think they come to play every day, I truly do. I think that tonight we didn't score any runs. Heck, we could hardly get a hit. We led off the game with a hit and then they just kind of shut us down."

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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Following the Mets' fourth-straight defeat, a 2-0 loss to Miami in which they mustered just one hit, players in the locker room weighed in on the team's recent struggles and gave their thoughts on Mickey Callaway's performance.

"I think he's doing a great job," Todd Frazier said. "He can't go up there and hit. He makes the lineup, he puts the guys in at the right time, and we're not producing. At the end of the day, he makes the lineup, he does his job, he's a great manager, and our focus is on winning games and we're not doing that for him ... If we're not producing, it's kind of on us.

"We've just got to step up, that's the bottom line, as hitters, as a collective group ... Let's get our focus on what we're good at and hopefully that gets us going."

Tags: Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Cano controversy 00:01:29
Mickey Callaway and Robinson Cano discuss Cano's failure to run out a ground ball in Friday night's loss to the Marlins

After not running hard to first base in the seventh inning Friday night during an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play, Robinson Cano was not benched Saturday for the transgression.

And before Saturday's game, Mets manger Mickey Callaway simply said that he doesn't bench players to send a message.

"We talked about it and he understands that can't happen again," Callaway explained. You don't just reprimand people to send a message to the rest of the team."

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Yoenis Cespedes was with the Mets Friday in Miami as he met the team while he continues to work his way back from dual heel surgeries. And he just took a big step.

Cespedes has started running, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said, though he added that he's not yet doing any "explosive" running. Cespedes also took batting practice with the team Friday.

However, while Cespedes is making progress, Van Wagenen said "time will tell" whether Cespedes would play this season.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Benching Robinson Cano against the Marlins on Saturday wouldn't be a cure for everything that is wrong with the Mets these days, not even close. 

But for a manager whose neck is on the line it might be the only way he can make a statement that he's going to demand better from one of his so-called leaders. At the very least it would be an indication Callaway is willing to make his players accountable rather than always telling them everything will be all right. 

Above all, it would be an acknowledgement that these Mets are at a crisis point in this season already, and he's not going to just sit around waiting to get fired.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in the NL East) lost the opening game of a three-game set against the Marlins 8-6. They try to bounce back on Saturday in a late afternoon matchup in Miami.

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


Jacob deGrom imploded against the worst team in baseball and a late rally proved to be too little too late in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. The right-hander took accountability for the loss after the game. 

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose 3rd straight game 00:01:41
Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom on deGrom's rough night while Pete Alonso discusses Mets battling back in loss

Jacob deGrom just didn't have it on Friday, and he put the Mets in such a hole that by the time the bats came alive late in the game, it was too little, too late.

The ace gave up a season-high seven runs (six earned) in five innings in the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Marlins, allowing nine hits -- including a two-run homer -- while striking out just three. His ERA jumped to 3.98 through nine starts.

"Not able to locate after the second inning. Felt good the first two, and then things got kind of out of control. Tonight's on me," deGrom said. "I did a terrible job out there. These guys did nothing but battle, and I let it get out of hand."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Wilson Ramos
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deGrom pounded in loss 00:01:17
Despite pair of Pete Alonso home runs, the Marlins handed Jacob deGrom and the Mets their 3rd straight loss, 8-6

Jacob deGrom just wasn't himself in Miami on Friday night, as he was smacked around in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) Coming into the game, the Mets couldn't have had a better pitcher on the mound in Jacob deGrom. He had owned the Marlins in the first two outings of the season, but this outing was a major outlier. DeGrom imploded, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out three and walking none over five innings. It was deGrom's worst outing of the season, and it couldn't have come at a worse time. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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Alonso goes deep 00:00:19
Pete Alonso drills his 13th home run of the season to give the Mets a 1-0 lead

Pete Alonso provided the Mets with an early spark on Friday night against Miami, smashing a home run to right-center field in the top of the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. 

Alonso's blast was his 13th home run of the season, adding on to his team lead. The ball got out of Marlins Park in a hurry, traveling 417 feet to give the Mets an early edge in South Florida.

Tags: Pete Alonso
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler is kind of, sort of having a good season. He's made nine starts, given up four or more runs in four of them, while allowing three or fewer during the other five.

Wheeler, 28, will be a free agent after this season, during which he's looked like a more advanced version of himself at times, but also resembles the pitcher he had been in the past.

For instance, Wheeler historically landed around 95 mph with his fastball. This season, though, his four-seam fastball is a couple of ticks quicker. Among starting pitchers, Wheeler's four-seamer has the second-highest average velocity in the game, trailing only Noah Syndergaard's.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in NL East) begin a new series this weekend against the Marlins (10-31, 13 GB) on Friday at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets fell two games under .500 after dropping the rubber game against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. ...A few roster moves were made before the start of this series, as Keon Broxton was DFA'd, Carlos Gomez and Paul Sewald were promoted from Triple-A, and Michael Conforto officially hit the IL with a concussion. ...The Mets are 14-10 against the NL East this season. New York has won seven straight against Miami.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Miami Marlins
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Mets GM supports Mickey Callaway 00:01:27
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen addresses the decision to DFA Keon Broxton, the call up of Carlos Gomez, and the job status of Mickey Callaway.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sat in front of the media at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday to issue a slew of roster moves, and answer any burning questions they might have. 

And Mickey Callaway's job status was on that list. 

The Mets have been faltering lately, falling two games under .500 after their series loss to the Nationals this week. But Van Wagenen said his unwavering support for Callaway will continue as it has since the beginning...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

Keon Broxton's struggles at the plate have finally reached a breaking point as the Mets decided on Friday to designate the 29-year-old outfielder for assignment while selecting the contract of Carlos Gomez to join the team as an extra outfielder. 

The Mets also placed Michael Conforto on the 7-day IL for a concussion and recalled pitcher Paul Sewald from Triple-A Syracuse. 

GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced the moves prior to Friday's game against the Marlins in Miami, where Gomez was in the lineup playing fight field and batting sixth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Carlos Gomez is making his return to the Mets. 

The outfielder was informed after his Triple-A Syracuse game on Thursday that the Mets were selecting his contract and joined the team in Miami on Friday, batting sixth and playing right field. 

Gomez replaces Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment. GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he believes Gomez gives the Mets a better chance at winning games in the short-term

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New York Mets at Miami Marlins
Moneyline: NYM -205/MIA +175
Over/Under: 6.5
Series: NYM -350/MIA +280
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Probable pitchers: Jacob deGrom (3-4, 3.26 ERA) vs. Trevor Richards (0-5, 4.46 ERA)

When the Mets saw Miami last weekend, they entered that series having lost five of six to drop below .500, and in need of a cure-all.

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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets fans can get rowdy. Even at golf events. 

David Wright, who is serving as the Honorary Ambassador at the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black on Long Island, was walking the grounds during the first round of the tournament following Tiger Woods' group. And along the way, he heard "Let's go Mets" chants from the Mets faithful. 

New Yorkers don't play around no matter the sporting event, and Wright loved every second of it...

Tags: David Wright, Scott Thompson
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David Cone shares Mets memories 00:00:53
David Cone is promoting his new book, in which he recounts a crazy story that involves airplanes and trying to impress his new Mets teammate

So how did David Cone go about trying to impress his new teammates upon being traded to the Mets in 1987? By "surfing" on an airplane.

Cone joined the Baseball Night in New York crew to talk about what it was like joining those "crazy" Mets, as he describes in his new book Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher.

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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

During the Triple-A Syracuse Mets game tonight, OF Carlos Gomez left midway through the game, which could mean it's time for a call-up. 

Michael Conforto was diagnosed with a concussion following a bad collision with Robinson Cano during the Mets' loss to the Nats on Thursday afternoon. Concussion protocol will be seven days for Conforto, and the Mets may be looking for some reinforcements. 

Granted, SNY's Andy Martino points out that Gomez left in the seventh inning of a 12-2 game. While he points out it is possible he could be on the move, it won't be happening tonight.

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Keon Broxton honest after loss 00:01:12
Keon Broxton was frank with reporters after the Mets 7-6 loss. Broxton struck out to end a Mets rally with the bases loaded in the ninth.

It was déjà vu for Keon Broxton in Washington. 

The bases were loaded, two outs were on the board, and the Mets were down one run. Broxton, who was filling in for Michael Conforto after he left with what was diagnosed a concussion, came to the dish with a chance to tie or take the lead against the division rival. It was the same situation that presented itself against the Phillies last month. 

And unfortunately for the Mets, the same result transpired...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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