Three months after declaring that one day, he would give Mets fans something to cheer about, Eduardo Escobar was the hero in a game New York desperately needed.
After falling behind 4-0 to the Marlins, Escobar drove in all five Mets runs, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to send New York to Atlanta with a precious one-game lead in the NL East, back to controlling its own destiny.
Escobar knew the stakes as he stepped to the plate in the 10th.
“Yeah, I knew right before that at-bat that they had lost,” Escobar said. “But it was important for us to get this game in.”
Escobar was caught in a bad slump early in his debut season with the Mets, but as he declared back in June, the fans would have a reason to cheer for him at some point, and that time came on Wednesday.
“I feel great…it’s unbelievable,” Escobar said in a spirited postgame interview on the field. “Every day I come to the ballpark working hard and respecting the game, because these people take their time to come to the ballpark and watch the game. I think that’s why I’m so happy now. This game is for you everybody, let’s go Mets!”
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