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It was a long and emotional night of baseball at Citi Field for the penultimate game of the 2018 season. David Wright got his two at-bats, as promised. He walked in the first one and popped out in foul territory to the first base side in the second one, making Peter O’Brien public enemy number one to the Citi Field faithful. He made a play in the field and even got his uniform dirty on a slide. His young daughter threw out the first pitch, he was able to exit to a thunderous ovation from his devoted fans, and he addressed the fans after the game. The fans had to wait a long time for the speech, however, as the Mets and Marlins were locked in a scoreless tie for twelve innings until Austin Jackson ended the game with a walkoff hit in the bottom of the thirteenth.
Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, New York Times, NY Post, Daily News, Newsday, MLB.com, Bergen County Record.
Here are some of the best shots captured by Newsday of yesterday’s events. Newsday, along with the New York Post and others, also recapped the highlights of the Wright farewell.
Last night involved plenty of praise for Wright on the part of teammates as well, of course—past and present. Jacob deGrom called him “the best teammate I’ve ever had,” saying Wright’s example is one he tries to emulate.
A big part of David Wright’s legacy will always be the strong relationship he built with the fans.
David Wright’s career arc bears a strong similarity to the man that happened to be the manager in the opposing dugout last night, writes Ken Davidoff.
The one blemish on an otherwise perfect night was that Brandon Nimmo appeared to sustain a hamstring injury running to first base. Mickey Callaway characterized the strain as “mild.” Nonetheless, Nimmo will not be playing in today’s season finale.
Around the National League East
Aaron Nola capped off his fantastic 2018 season with a brilliant start in which he struck out eight batters, as the Phillies beat the Braves 3-0.
Grant Brisbee wrote about the future of the Phillies in light of their second-half collapse.
The Nationals played spoiler by thrashing the Rockies 12-2 and putting them into a tie with the Dodgers for the NL West.
Around Major League Baseball
Heading into the final day of the season, the National League has the chance to approach maximum chaos, as the NL West and NL Central both stand in a tie for first place.
Tyler Kepner of the New York Times and Joel Sherman of the New York Post weigh in with their award predictions. Both picked Jacob deGrom for the NL Cy Young Award.
Brandon Nimmo wasn’t the only one dealing with hamstring issues yesterday. Bud Norris slipped on the wet mound and re-aggravated a hamstring problem he had been dealing with.
CC Sabathia was suspended for five games for throwing at Jesus Sucre. As expected, he is appealing.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Yesterday, we had quite a variety of David Wright related content to choose from. Kory Powell wrote about the one-of-a-kind nature of David Wright’s career.
Linda Surovich’s sentiments in her personal ode to the Captain echo us all.
David Capobianco gave us another fun foray into the world of MLB: The Show—this time featuring a lineup full of David Wrights.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2007, the Mets suffered a crushing defeat to complete one of the most disappointing season finishes in franchise history.