The Dodgers have three walk-off walks this season, on April 15, May 1 and May 23. An odd, but encouraging, trend.
However, the Mets have done the Dodgers one better: They have had four video-reviewed home runs upheld or changed in their favor (in addition to an opponent's potential home run ruled a foul):
- April 29, Citi Field: Marlins challenge Fernando Tatis' home run, which is upheld. Mets end up losing.
- May 23, Fenway Park: Umpires change Omir Santos' double to a home run. Mets win.
- May 25, Citi Field: Umpires uphold Gary Sheffield's three-run home run. Mets beat the Nationals.
- May 27, Citi Field: Umpires change Daniel Murphy's RBI-double to a two-run home run. Mets beat the Nationals again.
So is Citi Field really a pinball machine disguised as a baseball stadium? One of the stadium's features is "Pepsi Porch," a Tiger Stadium-inspired seating section overhanging right field.
My friend Bob, a Mets fan who recently made his first visit to Citi Field, was wondering if an "unusually extended frozen rope" home run could be hit under Pepsi Porch. Who knew the section's first role in a video review would involve its facade and not its underbelly?
The Mets have gotten the right calls and had a little luck as well. The Dodgers have had some luck of their own. Mark July 7-9 on your calendar, because that's when the Dodgers visit Citi Field. Who knows, maybe we'll see a video-reviewed walk-off home run.
Citi Field photo: Bonifacio/News; Tiger Stadium photo: John Moist/ballparkdigest.com