Travis d’Arnaud went 4-for-6, including a three-run, second-inning triple and a go-ahead home run in the 16th frame of the Mets’ 9–8 win at Miami. Since runs batted in became an official statistic in 1920, only two other players have collected at least four hits and four RBIs, including a game-winning home run in the 16th inning or later, in one game – George Brett against the Orioles on May 28, 1979, and Adrian Gonzalez against the Reds on May 25, 2008. And of course neither Brett nor Gonzalez had play 16 innings behind the plate like d’Arnaud did on Thursday.

For second straight game, Mets allow a grand slam, still win

Marcell Ozuna’s first-inning grand slam put the Mets in an early hole in their 16-inning win Thursday night. It was the second consecutive game that New York won despite allowing a home run with the bases loaded – the Phillies’ Maikel Franco hit a four-run shot on Wednesday night. Only two other teams in major-league history have won two straight games despite allowing a grand slam in each – the Brewers in September 1983 and the Rockies in July 2003.



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April 8, 2017

No player in franchise history terrorized the New York Mets quite like Chipper Jones. His name makes Mets fans twitch and tremble. That’s what happens when a baseball player abuses an entire fanbase. During his 19-year career, Jones batted .309 against the Mets. He mashed 49 home runs and compiled a .406 on-base percentage and a .543 slugging percentage.

“It was my job,” Jones told Mark Simon of ESPN/New York. “I loved playing on those stages. Those fans being as fanatical as they are made it a lot of fun to play. New York is always going to have a Public Enemy No. 1. They have to have somebody to yell and scream at. Sometimes it’s somebody on their own clubs. But I was definitely on that list when I played. That means I’m doing my job.”