New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off three run home run during the tenth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field on May 17, 2023 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets won 8-7. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

If you turned off the New York Mets game with the Tampa Bay Rays leading 5-2 in the ninth inning, nobody would have blamed you. The New York Mets looked toast. They played the game toast. Sitting at 20-23, and once again looking like a team going through the motions, Wednesday’s game looked like another ‘L.’ The Rays were about to run away with a victory.

Think of it this way. The Mets enjoyed seven walk-off victories in 2022, and 11 walk-off wins in 2021. They were Kings of the Comeback. Not so much this year. Entering Wednesday’s action, the Mets had yet to win a game in come-from-behind fashion.

Then out of a miracle of all miracles, the Miracle Mets of 2023 suddenly showed up at Citi Field, as Pete Alonso walked it off with a three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth to stun the Rays, and probably everyone within an earshot of the Tri-State area with a resounding 8-7 victory over the best team in baseball.

Alonso, who admitted after the game that he wasn’t feeling well coming into the night, wasn’t the only hero for the Mets.  Mark Vientos’ whom the Mets called up earlier in the day Wednesday hit a two-run bomb to straight away center earlier in the evening that tied the game at two.

Then in that faithful ninth inning, with the Rays up 5-2 and needing just one more putout to win it,  rookie catcher Francisco Alvarez hit a three-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth that initially tied the game at five and forced extras.

It was not until the tenth, after the Rays had regained the lead, that Alonso flexed his muscle in this one; then he dropped the mic on the postgame by dropping one of George Carlin’s infamous words you can’t say on television. Just like that  — a crack of lightning — the Mets were victorious.

And you probably missed it, giving up, thinking it was just another disappointing loss to a disappointing start to the season.


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