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Play of the Day: the Mets go back to Little League

Jun 16, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

Though they came back in grand fashion against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, the Mets had staked the Cubs to a 3-0 lead in the fifth after a litany of errors reminiscent of a Little League game. With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the fifth against Mets starter Jeremy Hefner, Alfonso Soriano hit a 1-2 fastball to third baseman David Wright. Wright dove, corralled the ball, and fired to first but the throw was too high for third baseman Daniel Murphy. The ball ricocheted off of a side wall back to Murphy, who fired home in an attempt to get Starlin Castro. The throw sailed past catcher John Buck, prompting Nate Schierholtz to come home. Wright, in foul territory, retrieved the ball again and made an off-balance throw back to Buck and that throw was also high and wide. As Murphy fetched and finally held onto the hot potato, two runs had scored and Soriano was safe at third base.

Is it any surprise the two teams are a combined 25 games under .500?

Watch the comedy of errors below:

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  1. duckthefodgers - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Yea its a joke that Sandoval is leading voting over Wright.

    • ewen232 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      That was Wright’s 6th error this year. Sandoval has 7 and he’s played in 7 fewer games. Wright’s average is 8 points higher, he has 4 more hits, 3 more doubles, 4 more triples, 1 more home run, 12 more stolen bases, and 21 more walks. His OBP is 64 points higher, his slugging is 64 points higher, his OPS is 129 points higher and his b-ref WAR is 3.8 to Sandoval’s 0.9. The only thing Sandoval has on him is 24 fewer strikeouts and 1 more RBI. So you’re right, sarcasm aside, it is a joke that Sandoval is leading Wright in the voting.

      • duckthefodgers - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Yea, just ridiculous.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        where is the all star game, that’s Wright!

  2. Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Calling that “little league” is insulting to little leaguers everywhere. I watched my kids play little league for years and cannot remember a fiasco like that. I believe the Wilpoon Mutts have established an excremental genre of their own.

    Poor David Wright. He says going to the park is no fun, and then he embarrasses himself by having a whoopee time like that.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Forget little league, it looked like a way overserved (and awesome) softball game.

    P.S I’m drunk as hell again tonight.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      I bet you aren’t as think as I drunk you are.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        I see your comment and raise you another.

  4. slolateshow - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    What’s worse than the plays mentioned was Bob Costas gas-bagging on NBC about the Mets celebration begetting the fall of Western Civilization.

  5. nbjays - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Actually, it looked like a beer league game… after wa-a-a-a-ay too many beer.

  6. Last Road Reviews - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Third baseman Wright threw to the 3rd baseman Daniel Murphy? Before insulting teams you might maybe proof read your articles.

    This article is now a comedy of errors.

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      I note one error in the article, which can be edited and corrected. I noted a string of three dumb fielding plays by the Mutts, which cannot be recalled and which, indeed, remains a comedy of errors.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      little league errors.

  7. quintjs - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    The thing that makes that clip is the frequency you see ‘Vote Mets” from behind home plate.

  8. bankboy2012 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Maybe it was an homage to the ’62 Mets? Soriano should have kept going and taken his chances, he probably could have had that Little League “home run”.

  9. danaking - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Did anyone else notice the extra baseball on the field near the end of the ground level relay?

  10. minilb - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Marmol is a bum who never learned to control his pitches and if he gets anywhere near the plate he gives up run, on the hand he has walked in a lot of runs too. IMO the Cubs need to cut the dead weight since no team will trade for the bum.

  11. southpaw2k - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Curly, Larry, and Moe couldn’t have done it any better.

  12. thebadguyswon - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Craig is to Phillies fan troll as Bill is to Mets fan troll. Yawn.

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