By Ed Coleman
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Top of the sixth inning Wednesday night in Miami. The Mets trail the Marlins 3-0, two outs, nobody on. Marlon Byrd hits a little floater past the mound that’s run down by shortstop Ed Lucas behind the bag at second base. Lucas gloves it and fires on to first — safe! Byrd, running hard as usual, beats it out for an infield hit.
When Ike Davis follows with a double into right field, Byrd scores all the way from first to put the Mets on the board, much like he did on Monday night in more dramatic fashion when he scored the winning run from first on another Davis double.
Rewind to a couple of hours earlier, pre-game inside the Mets clubhouse. The team is biding time before on-field stretch at 5:25. Some are listening to music on headphones, others are catching up on trade deadline deals on the clubhouse TV, most are gathered around and mesmerized by the latest video game craze – NHL 13.
In the middle of the room stands Byrd, bat in hand, explaining the mechanics of a swing, with Josh Satin and Justin Turner listening intently.
You want to know why Marlon Byrd is still a Met after 4 p.m. on July 31? That’s why.
Byrd came to the Mets looking to resurrect his career and has certainly done that, and added experience, leadership and input to his teammates while doing so. Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke by phone about the reasons for retaining Byrd and not shipping him elsewhere at the deadline: