Eduardo Escobar is Mets hero months after declaring he would give fans reason to cheer


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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