NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — That wasn’t just a home run.
It was an exclamation point.
With the Mets up 7-3 in the fourth inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night, slugger Yoenis Cespedes stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second and two out.
He worked the count to 2-2 before hitting an absolute rocket into the second deck in left field off Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood.
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The capacity crowd at Citi Field absolutely erupted as the ball left Cespedes’ bat and sailed into the seats. The two-time Home Run Derby champion, knowing it was gone, admired his blast and flipped his bat high. Fireworks went off and the iconic music from “The Natural” blared from the speakers.
Chants of “We Want Utley” — in response to Chase Utley’s controversial takeout slide in Game 2 — could be heard reverberating around the stadium following the long ball.
“This place was rocking,” Mets captain David Wright told The Associated Press. “It reminded me a lot of Shea Stadium when it got loud and crazy. It seemed like these fans were just losing their minds, which is what you want.”
New York, up 2-1 in the series, will look to clinch the NLDS and advance to the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night in Queens.