Jenrry Mejia showed some guile toughing it out to give the Mets a five inning effort that might have had an entirely different complexion if it weren’t for two dead-red pitches that left fielder Justin Upton rocketed for two home runs. That second homerun reportedly traveled 477 feet before landing in the back of the upper deck.
As soon as the ball was hit, Mejia tossed his glove in frustration and doused himself in what was described as a hearty display of self flagellation.
Here’s what happened:
Not shown in that video is this, courtesy of the Daily Stache:
After the play the SNY booth hit hard on Mejia calling his display of emotion uncalled for and out of place in today’s game. An inning later they were still harping on the young righthander, Gary Cohen was doing most of the roasting.
I didn’t really have a problem with it. I used to love watching Tug McGraw and Al Leiter respond similarly after they were tagged by a big home run. In fact it added to their fiery personality, and fans back then loved the show of emotion.
However it seems that in today’s game such shtick is looked down upon. Rather the perfect player would not so much as grimace in the same circumstance and return stoically to the mound.
I for one enjoyed watching Mejia emote on the mound… The only thing that was missing from Mejia’s seven strikeout performance was some chin music the next time Upton dug in against him. That’s another thing that Tug and Leiter would do. But even that too is frowned upon these days.
The game continues to evolve…
Anyway, I love this kid… He’s entertaining to watch, has some sizzle, and hates to get beat… Nothing wrong with that…