In Game 1 of the NLCS Saturday, Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud launched a deep drive off of Cubs starter Jon Lester. The ball traveled so far that it not only cleared the centerfield wall, but it hit the Home Run Apple.

[Daniel Murphy does it again, leading Mets past Cubs in Game 1 of NLCS]

The poor Apple is supposed to pop up when a Mets player hits one out of the park, not actually be the target of batting practice. While New York beat Chicago in Game 1, its Apple took a bit of a beating in its own right.

So on Sunday, ahead of Game 2, the Mets made a display of concern for its long-ball accessory, which is a newer, bigger version of the Apple that celebrated homers in Shea Stadium.

Of course, the Mets would be delighted if d’Arnaud, or any of their other players, hit the Apple again on Sunday. If so, it might be the Cubs looking for some first aid on their way back to Chicago.