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Well...the Mets needed to make a statement. And Noah Syndergaard did just that. With his first pitch he put Alcides Escobar right on his ass. Regardless of what the outcome was going to be, Thor made it known that the Royals hitters were not going to be so comfortable. And although he had a few hiccups, Syndergaard was able to put the Royals hitters away when he needed to most. And there were a LOT of broken bats flying around everywhere.

And for all of the idiots talking about benching David Wright in favor of Juan Uribe, Captain America made a statement of his own, launching a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. And let's not leave Uribe out of it. After being idle for over a month and not even being on the post season roster for the NLDS and NLCS, he made his first appearance and shot a run-scoring single to the opposite field in the midst of the Mets four-run outburst in the sixth inning. 

EscobaronhisassWright not only had the big blow, but he also turned in a couple of spectacular plays in the field. Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson made a fine running catch to take away an extra-basehit and hit a laser beam over the rightfield fence to give the Mets a 4-3 lead that they would never reliquish.

I know, I know...ya gotta believe...but ya really gotta love the hustle and enthusiasm that Granderson brings to the ballpark everyday. With all of the talk about Jeurys Familia as the closer...and Yoenis Cespedes arriving and fortifying the offense...it has been Granderson that has remained the consummate upbeat professional...always working hard...and always with a positive demeanor. He is like the modern day Ernie Banks.

And with all of the talk about Derek Jerek on the other side of town, Wright has done everything to earn the same loyalty from the organization and the fans. The fact that all of the experts had him hanging up his jersey a few months back, and to see the effort he puts in just to be on the field, has got to be one of the "feel good" stories of the year.

It was also heart-warming to see over 50,000 fans, players, umpires, broadcast team...stopping the game and all standing together for a moment to recognize all of those who have suffered from cancer. Sometimes there are things more important than the game itself.

Oh yeah...and the Mets won 9-3. So they are doing exactly what was done in 1986. Losing Game 1 by one run, Game 2 by 6 runs, and winning Game 3 by 6 runs. What matters more, though, is if Steven Matz can duplicate Syndergaard's performance and keep the Royals from peppering away at them. And...oh yeah...shut that guy up in the visitors' dugout. Moustakas I think his name is. A little chin music there too...and a few more broken bats would be nice.

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Alan Karmin is an award-winning journalist and author. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent most of his life growing up in the New Jersey suburbs. Alan's family were avid Brooklyn Dodgers fans and when the Dodgers moved west, the Mets became the team to root for. The Mets have always been a true focal point, Alan even wrote a term paper in high school to analyze what was wrong with the Mets. While at the University of Miami, Alan honed his craft covering the, gulp, Yankees during spring trainings in Fort Lauderdale for a local NBC affiliate, as well as the Associated Press and UPI. He broadcasted baseball games for the University of Miami, and spring training games for the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos. New York Mets Mania is a forum for Alan to write about his favorite team and for baseball fans to chime in and provide their thoughts and ideas about New York's Amazin' Mets.