NEW YORK -- Since being recalled on Monday, Brandon Nimmo has had plenty to be happy about, but over the past two days, the seemingly always-present smile of the rookie outfielder has been a welcomed sight for the Mets faithful at Citi Field.In his home debut Thursday, Nimmo collected his
NEW YORK -- Since being recalled on Monday, Brandon Nimmo has had plenty to be happy about, but over the past two days, the seemingly always-present smile of the rookie outfielder has been a welcomed sight for the Mets faithful at Citi Field.
In his home debut Thursday, Nimmo collected his first career RBI, then hustled home to score the go-ahead run in the Mets' comeback victory. On Friday, the 23-year-old added to his storybook series with his first career home run, a three-run shot, that helped propel New York to a 10-2 victory over the Cubs.
"This is the big leagues and this is what I've worked for my whole life," Nimmo said. "I'm just having so much fun and enjoying it, especially these last two days, getting these wins and helping contribute."
With the Mets already in possession of a 4-1 lead, Nimmo turned on a 92-mph fastball from Cubs' starter Jason Hammel and belted it over the wall in right-center field. According to Statcast™, the ball exited at 107 mph and traveled 442 feet, the longest home run hit by a Met this season.
"I didn't feel it all, so that's a good feeling," Nimmo said. "To see it go over the fence was unbelievable. I don't care how far it goes over, because once it goes over it's a home run."
Off the bat, Nimmo did not know it was a home run, so he sprinted out of the box and once he saw it go over, he never stopped, rounding the bases in 17.9 seconds. For comparison, the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo ran his inside the park home run Wednesday in 17.4 seconds.
"I normally move around there pretty fast," Nimmo said. "I've never hit a Major League home run before -- I don't know what that feels like, so out the box I'm going. I was floating around the bases there. I didn't know what I was doing, all I knew was I saw the ball go out."
Upon arriving back in the Mets' dugout, the cheers grew louder and Nimmo had to be told it was time for his first big league curtain call.
"That's a dream come true," Nimmo said. "It never occurred to me that I would ever get a curtain call, and to be able to get that my second game here at Citi Field was just amazing."
From there, Nimmo continued to draw roars from the crowd. In the fifth, he made a diving catch in right to rob Hammel of a base hit, and then added a hard-hit single in the sixth.
Nimmo has now hit in five consecutive games and is batting .333 (7-for-21) over that stretch, providing a much-needed lift to a struggling Mets team that had lost eight of their last 12 entering this series.
"It's always nice to have the young guys come up because they bring energy," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "The first time they get to the big leagues, no matter where they've come from, no matter how many games they've played, they bring energy and Brandon has done that so far."
Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.