Shea What?! Citi Field Feels Like Home for the First Time
by John Jastremski
Aug 05, 2015 | 11174 views | 0 0 comments | 499 499 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It amazes me how the narrative can change so suddenly in sports. Frank Sinatra said it best in his song “That’s Life.” “Riding high in April, Shot Down in May.”

For the New York Mets, it was the opposite of that tremendous song lyric. The week featured the lowest of lows and then the highest of highs in what was one of the most bizarre, unbelievable weeks a baseball team could ever have.

On Thursday evening, the Mets were the butt of many jokes around Major League Baseball. They butchered an opportunity to trade for star outfielder Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers. They broke usual trade protocol and kept shortstop Wilmer Flores in a game when it appeared obvious to everyone that he was going to get traded.

For goodness’ sake, it was so bad Flores was crying at shortstop!

If Wednesday wasn’t bad enough, to add insult to injury, Thursday afternoon was probably the worst loss of the Mets season. They squandered a 7-1 lead and lost in the 9th inning to the San Diego Padres leading up to the weekend series against the first-place Washington Nationals.

The fans were skeptical about a big trade being in the works, and they did not feel good about the overall vibe of the baseball team.

The despair and “woe is me” mentality changed in a New York minute on Friday afternoon. All of a sudden everything flipped on it’s axis.

The trade of Yoenis Cespedes changed everything for this franchise.

Cespedes, an All-Star Cuban outfielder from the Detroit Tigers, was just what the doctor ordered for an offense in dire need of a superstar.

Cespedes provides power, swagger and is the sort of offensive player that hasn’t been playing in the home dugout since the days of Beltran, Delgado and Reyes.

Sure enough, the addition of Cespedes sparked the Mets to their best weekend series in the history of Citi Field, moving into first place with a three-game sweep of the Nats.

Between the walk-off home run on Friday by new cult hero Wilmer Flores, the heroics of Lucas Duda on Saturday and the barrage of home runs on Sunday, everything all of a sudden was breaking right for the Mets.

When does that ever happen? Amazing how things can change so suddenly.

The Met fan base that was down in the dumps on Thursday was chanting, screaming and cheering all weekend at Citi Field. For the first time in the history of the ballpark, it felt like watching a game at the old Shea Stadium.

The building was alive, electric, full of derogatory chants aimed at opposing players and simply had an energy it has not had since it opened in 2009.

The way it should be.

For the first time, Citi Field felt like home.

All of a sudden, the Mets feature a team that has one of the best rotations in baseball, a solid back end of the bullpen and a respectable legitimate every day lineup.

Terry Collins actually has options, he has actually has decisions to make. What a concept!

It’s okay to dream big Mets fans. The Mets are in first place and life is good.

Enjoy it.

Listen to JJ on WFAN this week on Friday, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 6 a.m. Plus catch him Saturday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on CBS Sports Radio with Maggie Gray.

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