A couple of days ago, ESPN offered up a montage of the worst plays of the Met season. Daniel Murphy came in for his share of abuse. After showing a clip of Murphy butchering a fly ball in St. Louis, the laughing ESPN announcers explained that was why Murphy was being tried out at first, as well as "the pine."
Well look who's laughing now! After his incredible behind-the-back flip Wednesday night, Murphy not only led ESPN's Web Gems as the play of the night, his play was mentioned as a candidate for play of the year!
Murphy has actually looked pretty good at first base for the most part, especially compared to some of the other Met fielders. Still, Murphy making the play of the year is about as unlikely as Oliver Perez being the stopper - against the team with the best record in baseball. Yet both things happened in the same night.
Since nothing comes easily for the Mets these days, they nearly blew a 5-2 lead, holding on to win, 5-4.
The last time the Mets won a game by more than one run was the 11-0 win over the Cardinals on June 24, 14 games ago. Since then, the Mets are 4-9. All four of the Met wins have been by one run. All nine of the Met losses have been by more than one run. In fact, seven of the nine losses have been by at least three runs, and four of those have been by at least five runs.
But while this win turned out to be another squeaker, it did offer up a play that will be shown over and over again. Best of all, it's one of the first times this season that such a play won't make Met fans cringe.