For fans of the New York Mets, it is always about “what have you done for me lately”. When Kirk Nieuwenhuis got the call to come up to the big league club, fans questioned the move. “Why was he coming up?” “Why wasn’t Michael Conforto on his way up instead?” In a year where one minor league player after another has come up to replace the injured and the offense has fallen by the wayside until recently, fans were left scratching their heads.
Anytime someone gets the call to come up, their only mindset is coming up and trying to stay. You come up thinking that this is your one chance, possibly your only chance for the rest of the year, to show that you belong.
Captain Kirk knew this and was set to accomplish it.
It took one game on Sunday to show everyone that he can hit. For an organization that does not make history often, Nieuwenhuis gave the fans a chance to witness one more. It took three at-bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers to make it happen.
First at-bat was a home run.
Most people would think it would stop there. Instead, Captain Kirk was not through. At his third at-bat, he decided to complete the hat trick by hitting home run number three against Rubby De La Rosa off the right-field foul pole. This was a first for any Mets player to do at the home ballpark.