Even on nights when the New York Mets do something right, they become a punchline.
Ironically, and perhaps even fittingly, it was television icon and lifelong Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld who set them up on Friday.
The legendary comedian was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as the team celebrated "Seinfeld Night" at Citi Field. That’s a celebration we can all get behind. After making a grand entrance and revealing his Mets jersey, Seinfeld delivered a sidearm strike from 60-feet, six-inches.
Between that and Seinfeld receiving a signed bat from Pete Alonso, it was a perfect start to the festivities. Unfortunately, that also meant there was nowhere to go but down.
Boy did it.
How bad was it?
Seinfeld’s toss would be the best pitch from someone in a Mets jersey not named Jacob deGrom all night.
And we’re only kinda joking about that.
DeGrom was his typical dominant self, striking out 10 Philadelphia Phillies while allowing two runs over seven innings. To his credit, Seth Lugo was good too, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. The ninth inning was another story. Former All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and set up man Jeurys Familia combined to allow five runs.
As a result, the Mets lost the game 7-2.
Sorry, Mets fans. It seemed funny at the time.
The outcome continued a disturbing trend that even manager Mickey Callaway couldn’t ignore.
That is beyond comprehension.
However, it’s not beyond being turned into fodder for the never-ending pound the Mets campaign. Seinfeld’s involvement just takes it to another level.
Man, it’s getting rough out there in Queens.
This latest painful loss drops the Mets to 10 games under .500 this season.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, as of Thursday the front office was still waiting to determine if they would be sellers at the trade deadline. If this loss didn’t move the needle in that direction, what will?
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