Seven home runs were hit during the Mets' 6-5 win over the Phillies at Citi Field on Tuesday night and one of them took an odd but delicious bite out of the team's history books.
With his solo shot in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Church(notes) became the first player to hit the home of Citi Field's Home Run Apple before the 4,800-pound piece of fruit rose in full glory to celebrate the dinger.
Church's drive to center field dropped perfectly into the custom-built apple cauldron, which rests 408 feet from home plate and behind a 16-foot wall. The fiberglass apple isn't the same one that was installed at Shea Stadium in 1980, but rather a new version that weighs eight times as much.
I'm a fan of any home run that lands in an unusual or uncomfortable place — like the back of a Volkswagen? — but Church's deep was notable for more than just its landing spot.
Not only did it give the Mets an insurance run they'd end up needing, but it was also Church's first RBI since April 27 and first homer since April 23. That's obviously a good sign for a player who was shamed for his baserunning gaffe in Los Angeles just a few weeks ago.
Putting the ball atop the raised center-field wall — christened by David Wright(notes) as the place where homers are morphed into doubles — should also temporarily shush the complaining that power numbers are a thing of the past in Queens.
In conclusion ... Red Delicious for everybody!