I’ve talked up Jerry Manuel on this blog before. But I have to say that the most impressive thing, in my mind, about his tenure with the Mets is the team’s resilience. Clearly, the motivation for this post is the Mets series this week against the Phillies. Losing the first game in dramatic, ninth inning fashion was devastating. Coming back to win the next two games showed incredible ability to be down but not out.
There are several other examples of this during Manuel’s tenure as well. On July 2nd the Cardinals left the Mets on the field in St. Louis. Troy Glaus hit a home run with two outs in the ninth inning off Carlos Muniz to win 8-7. The next day the Mets came back to beat the Cardinals 11-1.
On July 4th the Mets got left on the field again with two outs in the ninth inning against the Phillies. Shane Victorino hit a 1-2 pitch off Duaner Sanchez to right field to score Pedro Feliz and top the Mets 3-2. The next day the Mets beat the Phillies 9-4 and the Mets took the last three games over the Phillies.
The best quality this team has shown under Jerry Manuel is the ability to pick themselves up after extremely difficult loses and live to fight another day.