ESPN, meet the Mets who don’t give a flip how you try to mess with them with your ridiculous scheduling because you need better ratings.
Monday (9-05) afternoon was a special type of game. It was one where the New York Mets got the best of ESPN as shown in this epic video courtesy of popular Mets twitter user Julie:
Did you really think the network would care?
Meet the new Mets that won’t let a little thing like sleep deprivation courtesy of a sports network stop them from continuing this most insane run for a wildcard spot. This team is so focused it seems nothing can stop them.
Winning streaks aside, you can imagine just how exhausted a team depleted by injuries are. These guys are forced to play more back to back games than their bodies can handle. Just ask Yoenis Cespedes (quad) Asdrubal Cabrera (knee). Despite the pain, they are still playing.
So how banged up and tired are they?
Matt Reynolds is among the September call ups. He flew to Cincinnati to meet up with the team, but probably had the worst travel arrangement. The weary player took a redeye to Boston and then transferred to a flight to Cincinnati. The worst part of it all? He had a chatty flier next to him that would not let him sleep. Reynolds got about an hour and a half of sleep.
What does an hour and a half of sleep bring you? A home run and an RBI single. After the game Reynolds told reporters:
“It was great. It’s everything I could ask for. I just want to go out there and help the team win.”
The whole team came to the Great American ballpark on a high after taking two out of three games against their biggest division rivals. But high or no high, when you get to your hotel after three in the morning, you want to just cry. Manager Terry Collins says these guys need rest and he has to figure out a way to make it happen.
“I’ve got to give some guys [Monday] off.”
Thank goodness for the B-squad featuring two members of the Kiddie Brigade.
So on the bench went Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Cespedes and Cabrera. The Mets still came away with a win. Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Reynolds and Kelly Johnson all got the start.
Johnson hit a solo shot in the fifth inning off Robert Stephenson. Johnson, Cabrera and De Aza with RBIs. Reynolds with two RBIs.
The Mets are still expecting some relief via September call ups on Tuesday (9-06). Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Erik Goeddel and infielders Eric Campbell and T.J. Rivera will provide some relief. The Mets are expected to select the contract of shortstop Gavin Cecchini.
So ESPN, despite your blatant love affair with Bryce Harper and the rest of the Nationals, not even you could deter a team determined to make the playoffs. With the win against the Reds on Monday, the Mets made it very clear.