And yet, if you opted to get a jump-start on the trip home, flipped the channel to watch Roger Federer in the U.S. Open or simply turned in for the night on Tuesday, you missed one of the greatest regular season wins in Nationals history, capped by a Kurt Suzuki three-run homer. Here are the seven best reactions from Washington’s improbable comeback win.
Charlie Slowes’s Call (Feat. Dave Jageler)
“Here’s the set, the 3-2 to Suzuki, swung on, hit deep to left field, way back, going, going, it’s gone!” Slowes shouted as Suzuki deposited Edwin Diaz’s 99-mph fastball into the bare hands of a fan wearing a Max Scherzer jersey in the left field seats. “Goodbye! Game over! Kurt Suzuki has done it again. Bang, zoom goes Suzuki! It’s one of the wins of the year. And if you walked out of this ballpark when the Mets scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning, YOU BLEW IT! A curly W’s in the books!”
Jageler actually joined Slowes for the “YOU BLEW IT” part, which was perfect. This call goes right up there with Slowes’s call of Jayson Werth’s walk-off in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS and him wondering what Nook Logan was thinking on a June night in 2007 among the greatest in Nationals history.
“There are all manner of devastating losses,” Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen said on SNY’s broadcast. “They don’t get any worse than this.”
This Woman Behind Home Plate
This is the face you make when you watch your team become the first team since 1961 to allow five runs in the top of the ninth inning only to score more than five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of a walk-off win. Fifty-eight years ago, it was the Senators blowing a seemingly insurmountable lead to the Red Sox. Here’s more on that game.
Ryan Zimmerman ‘Blacked Out’
Zimmerman, who was reinstated from the injured list over weekend, delivered a clutch, pinch-hit double as part of the Nats’ ninth-inning rally. While sporting a camouflage tank top, a giveaway at Saturday’s game, during his postgame interview on MASN, the 34-year-old attempted to put into words what just happened.
“I don’t know, man,” Zimmerman told Dan Kolko. “I blacked out and then we won. I don’t know what happened. I mean, this is this team all year long. I think every at-bat is a battle no matter what. Don’t give away any free at-bats, free outs. That’s kind of been our motto since we started to score all these runs. You just don’t want to be the guy to make an out, so you just get it to the next guy, get it to the next guy, and then the pressure’s on them now. … What a great job. Unbelievable team. There’s something special going on, man.”
“I blacked out and then we won.” Put that on a T-shirt. Or a camouflage tank top.
Trea Turner Gives Thanks
Turner forgot how many outs there were in the top of the ninth inning, which led him throw to first base to retire Tomas Nido on a grounder rather than turning what would’ve been a routine double play. Turner’s mental mistake allowed the Mets to score four insurance runs. Perhaps no one was happier to see Suzuki complete the comeback than the Nats’ shortstop.
Dave Martinez’s News Conference
“Boom,” the Nationals’ manager said to open his postgame remarks with reporters. “Boom. What do you want me to say? A win is a win is a win is a win. The boys fought.”
About 30 fans gathered outside the interview room to watch Martinez’s news conference, and their cheers could be heard through the glass.
“The 26th man right there,” Martinez said, acknowledging those supporters before leaving the microphone. “Thank you. Thanks for hanging on. It was long, but we did it. Thank you.”
It was a far cry from four years ago, when fans gathered to boo Manager Matt Williams in the same setting after the Nationals blew a six-run lead to the Mets.
The Nats’ Twitter Account
The Mets were feeling pretty, pretty good themselves after their five-run ninth inning, and for good reason. In their 58 seasons, the franchise had never lost a game they led by at least six runs in the ninth inning or later.
And then what happened?
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