The Major League Baseball trade deadline passed with tons of big name stars switching teams. But, this year’s deadline will be remembered for a player that wasn’t even traded.
Two nights before the deadline, Mets infielder Wilmer Flores cried while playing in the field because of reports that he was being traded. The scene was plastered all over television and the Internet that night. The Mets management was vilified by fans and media for not taking Flores out of the game.
Flores was being traded to the Brewers as part of a deal that would send Carlos Gomez to the Mets. But the Mets wanted the Brewers to also pay Gomez’s salary for the next two seasons. That’s when the trade fell apart. So, Flores was still a Met after all the drama.
Feel good stories are not too common in regular season baseball, partly because they play 162 games a year. But common is not how Flores’ week went.
With the Mets sitting behind the division leading Nationals by three games going into Friday, they needed to win this weekend’s series to keep their playoff hopes strong. So, who came to the plate in a tie game in the bottom of the 12th in game one of the weekend series? Of course, it had to be Wilmer Flores, the man that thought his Mets career was over just two days prior.
On a 1-1 pitch, Flores took a 95 mph fastball over the left field fence for the game winner, shrinking the Nationals lead to only two games. The celebration by the Mets at home resembled a team winning a playoff series. Flores was swarmed by his teammates as he stepped on home. Flores, who had not homered since June, now looks to become a key part of the Mets playoff push.