It has been a rollercoaster ride for the NY Mets this season to say the least. But on Sunday, August 24, Citi Field held its annual Jewish Heritage Day, and it was one of our own, first baseman Ike Davis who provided the fireworks.
For every Mets fan, the first half of season was like sitting on the beach and enjoying the waves. The Mets were the only team to start the season 4-0, and were playing solid baseball throughout. Heck, Johan Santana even threw the franchise’s first even no-hitter on June 1. Many thought the 50th anniversary year for the Mets might actually be a special season. NY went into the 2012 campaign having the dark cloud of the Madof scandal off their backs and their payroll slashed. Second year manager Terry Collins predicted a much improved season for the Mets and his vision of the team was looking pretty realistic.
Then came the All-Star break and that’s where everything fell apart in Flushing. The Mets sent MVP candidate David Wright, and CY Young candidate RA Dickey to the midsummer classic. Upon the teams return back to action, the Mets were in a funk and unable to find their stroke right out of the break. They lost their first five games after the All-Star break and 13 of 15 games. The slump included sweeps in the hands of the Braves, Dodgers, and Nationals to put the Mets well below the .500 mark and out of the wild card reach. On August 8, I covered the Mets-Marlins game for the JV and saw them get beat down 13-0. After the game, Manager Terry Collins told me in his post-game conference that he had no answers for the massive slump, but believed that his team had not yet given up on the season.
This past Sunday was a special day for all of us as is it was Jewish Heritage Day 2012 at Citi Field, and the Mets didn’t disappoint.
Rookie pitcher Jeremy Hefner kept the Astros scoreless through solid eight innings. Mets first baseman Ike Davis (who happens to be a member of the tribe) added to his amazing season by providing NY with a 1-0 lead with his team-leading 23rd homerun in the 4th inning. Hefner surrendered the tying run in top of the ninth inning on an outfield miscue. Bobby Parnell was brought in to finish the inning and somehow managed to get out of a tough jam. After David Wright grounded out to start the bottom of the 9th, Ike Davis stepped to the plate and smacked the first pitch he saw over the right field wall for a walk off home run and give the Mets their second victory in as many days. Davis was mobbed by his teammates as he crossed home plate as the Citi Field crowd erupted in honor of the game-winning blast.