Mets most memorable moments of 2016

The Mets had many memorable moments in 2016.

The New York Mets qualified for the playoffs in consecutive years, only the second time that has happened in franchise history.

The offseason is now two months old, and though the Wild Card game loss to the San Francisco Giants still stings, there were some unforgettable moments in the 2016 season.

Let’s take a look at a few of them, and what made them so special.

Number 5: The Mets finally clinch a Wild Card berth in Philadelphia.

It took until game 161, but on October 1st, the Mets punched their ticket for playoff baseball.

Michael Conforto gave some extra effort for the last out. Isn’t that a metaphor for the entire 2016 season? The Mets lost Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, David Wright, and Lucas Duda to injury.

Yet, the guys who were there (Jose Reyes, James Loney, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman to name a few) did whatever it took to win games and battle back from a once-considered insurmountable deficit in the standings.

Number 4: Cespedes gives the Mets their only two runs on August 21st at San Francisco.

The Mets’ season seemed over. They were hopelessly behind the Nationals for the division lead, and six and half games out in the Wild Card race, behind several teams.

Bartolo Colon had pitched them to victory the day before, and Noah Syndergaard took to the San Francisco mound on a Sunday night. He and Jeff Samardzija dueled into the seventh, when Cespedes did Cespedes things.

Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia made the lead stand, and the Mets were on their way to their improbable run into the playoffs.

Number 3: Yoenis Cespedes walks it off against the Marlins on August 29th.

Going into game 131 of the season, the Mets were just 66-64, and were trying to keep their momentum going as they had won six of eight.

They were tied with the Marlins at 1-1 in the bottom of the tenth, when with two outs, Yoenis Cespedes stepped up.

The Mets were trying to stay alive in the Wild Card chase, and needed their best hitter to rise to the occasion. He did, and he kept the team on a roll; they would win eight of their next ten and vault right into the thick of the wildcard race. This home run was a classic “no doubter”.

Number 2: Jose Reyes ties game 153 against the Phillies on September 22nd.

Asdrubal Cabrera‘s heroics later in the game would not have been possible without this memorable moment from Jose Reyes.

The critical game had been a see-saw affair, with the Phillies taking a 6-4 lead in the eighth.

The Mets were down to their last two outs in the bottom of the ninth, after a hit by Nimmo and a Jay Bruce strikeout. Reyes, who had re-joined the Mets in July (and was received with mixed reviews after his domestic violence arrest), reminded Mets fans why he had been so popular during his first tenure with the team. He has a flare for the dramatic, and contagious enthusiasm that can ignite the fan base.

His home run tied the game in the ninth, and despite the Phillies’ uprising in the eleventh, gave us the feeling that Mets would find a way to win.

Number 1: Asdrubal Cabrera‘s walk-off home run against the Phillies on September 22nd.

The Mets were in a Wild Card battle with the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, and needed every win. This was game 153 of the season.

This, in my opinion, was the most memorable moment of 2016.

The Mets were down two runs going into their at-bat in the bottom of the 11th. They were staring at a loss. After a walk to Michael Conforto and a base hit by and Jose Reyes, Cabrera became the hero. And not to mention, Cabrera’s bat flip was absolutely epic.

Yes, the season ended too quickly for our liking. But there were many thrills.

And with Cespedes back in the fold and more moves to be made, we have reason to believe that there will be more thrills in 2017.

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