NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday’s 12-inning Game 5 took Mets fans through just about every emotion, ending in disappointment as the Royals eliminated the Amazin’s.
The World Series game got off to a good start for the Mets — with Curtis Granderson hitting a lead-off homer — and stayed that way for a while — they led 2-0 entering the ninth inning.
“It was great to be there,” said Anthony Desantis, of Rockville Centre, Long Island, who was in the crowd at Citi Field. “The atmosphere was crazy. The stadium was rocking.”
But in the ninth inning, Kansas City rallied to tie the game, forcing extra innings.
“It got quiet,” Desantis told CBS2’s Diane Macedo. “They took the life out of us.”
The Royals followed up with five more runs in the 12th inning, winning 7-2.
“I poured my heart out,” Mets pitcher Matt Harvey said. “I gave everything I had, and unfortunately tonight it just wasn’t quite good enough.”
But some fans now wonder if Harvey gave too much by returning to the mound in the ninth after tossing eight scoreless innings.
“I’m mad at Harvey, and I’m mad at the manager,” said David Alejandro, of Park Slope. “You have too many good pitchers to let one guy play the whole game.”
“Collins took Harvey out before the ninth, and he took his decision back, and here we are,” said Mets fan Alex Franklyn, who also conceded that if Harvey had held on for the victory, he would have touted that decision “100 percent.”
Others homed in on first baseman Lucas Duda’s botched throw to the plate on the tying run.
“It didn’t have to be a perfect throw, but not a ridiculous throw like he did. Just a high school throw. Jeez!” said Jose Fernandez, of Corona, Queens.
But there is one thing Mets fans all seem to agree on.
“We’ll get them next year,” Desantis said.
“That’s OK, we’ll get them next year,” echoed Franklyn.
“We have a wonderful outlook for next year,” Fernandez said.
As the players return to Citi Field on Monday to clean out their lockers, there are many questions surrounding who will be cleaning them out for good. The team has a number of players heading into free agency, including Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy.
The Mets open the 2016 season against the Royals in Kansas City.