James Loney sent the Mets to the postseason with an emphatic bat drop
The Mets played the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday on the verge of the postseason. Win, and they would host the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday. But after the Mets scored in consecutive innings, the Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, 2-2. For a moment, the Mets saw their return to October put on hold …
But only for the briefest of moments. In the very next frame, James Loney came to the plate with Curtis Granderson on second base. He took one pitch, then another, then another, then another, and then:
In case you can't tell, that bat drop is Loney's way of wordlessly communicating, "HEY GUYS WE'RE GOING BACK TO THE POSTSEASON ARE YOU EXCITED BECAUSE I'M EXCITED!!!!"
They were excited.
The game wasn't over, of course, but the Phillies only scored one more run in the game and the Mets added an insurance run in the ninth -- ultimately winning, 5-3 -- so it was Loney's home run that made the difference and clinched home-field advantage in the Wild Card Game.
And boy, can you tell.