Granderson homers into the Utley corner of Citi Field. (That's the official name of the corner. Sorry, Mets fans).— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) October 31, 2015
The thing is, that corner is there all the time. It's not 800-feet high until Chase Utley comes to bat at Citi Field, when it rattles and slowly lowers like a secret entrance to a hidden temple. Anybody can take advantage of it; it's just that Utley, a player who doesn't play 81 games a year in Flushing, happens to have a reputation for making use of it. "I should hit the ball over that low fence out there," thought the Smartest Player in Baseball.
But hey, sounds like the Mets realized emulating their worst enemy for at least one pitch last night was the right move. Granderson's dinger snuck over the fence to expand on the Mets' lead in Game Three, soiling the hopes of Royals fans and Mets antagonists across the nation.
And while the success of the Mets, who somehow went from their players weeping on the field to winning the NL pennant in the course of like two months, should be an extra dagger in the already daggered bodies of Phillies fans, New York just doesn't seem able to win in the playoffs without invoking the images of teams who have already been there.
In the third inning, Noah Syndergaard became the first NL pitcher to record a hit and score a run in a World Series game since Joe Blanton.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) October 31, 2015
As the Mets go back at it, tonight, who knows the ways in which they will go where the Phillies have gone before? If only our heroes hadn't gone where they went before, perhaps the Mets would not have been able to so enthusiastically follow their examples.
Is this all the Phillies' fault? No. It is the Mets who are wrong.