New York ended up on the right side of a wacky one in Milwaukee on Friday, winning by a count of 2-1 in eleven innings. If you happen to have a particularly itchy head right now, you've come to the right place: you will be hard-pressed to find such an assortment of head-scratchers as you will below. The Mets have a long-running association with bizarreness and incompetence in their history, and by that metric this may go down as the Metsiest game of the year.
Matt Harvey started and pitched well, and you can watch some of his highlights here. The zaniness started when Harvey was hitting in the third and he grounded into an unorthodox double play, due to Kelly Johnson forgetting how to baseball momentarily.
The Brewers countered with a boner of their own, apparently scoring on this pinball-machine play at first glance, until the replay revealed bad fundies on a poor slide:
With the Mets down a run in the sixth, Yoenis Cespedes launched this titanic blast to tie things up. But when Kelly Johnson tried to send one out of the park as well, our old friend Kirk Nieuwenhuis brought it back:
The Mets looked like they might give the game away in the bottom of the ninth when an attempted steal of second became more adventurous than necessary. But New York managed to get the game to extras innings, where there was plenty more fun on the basepaths to come. Here's what happened when Ramon Flores tried to advance the winning run to third with one out in the tenth:
Now here is the grand-daddy of them all, the play that put the Mets ahead for good in the 11th. There are no words.
How many people stood up and yelled, "Yeah! That's how we DO" after watching this play? Well, maybe more of us should. There's a good chance you stood up and made some sort of exclamation anyway.
And there you are folks: Your always-exciting New York Mets. Tune in next time, true believers!