Originally written April 25, 2013 on Mets360.com:
For those of us who hung with last night’s (4/24) game vs. the Dodgers – and your intrepid columnist was barely one of those – there were numerous rewards. Working backwards, there was Jordany Valdespin’s walkoff grand slam, of course. There was the grit – Oh! That Word! – on display in the eighth and ninth, typified by Mike Baxter’s hustling double in front of the egregious Carl Crawford. There was the spectacle of Dodger manager Don Mattingly pulling Crawford – and not the pitcher – in favor of an extra infielder, a move rendered moot when Valdespin left the yard. There was the specter of blue disappointment when the Matt Kemp drove Matt Harvey’s elevated fastball barely over the right field wall – the nerve! – in the sixth, lifted by David Wright’s tying base hit in the ninth. There was the bizarro-world communication problem between the visitors’ dugout and bullpen in the fifth, snuffling the momentum of a Met rally and giving Dodger starter Ted Lilly a much neede

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