The young man has player for the Mets major Laegue Baseball team since he was 17….
Last night we ALL had to watch him deal with the knowledge that he was getting traded, while he was playing in the feild as a Met…..
The trade didn’t happen….
On Wednesday night, the Mets finally pulled off a major deal, sending Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for the highly regarded center fielder Carlos Gomez. Except, it turned out, that they did not.
In what will go down as one of the more surreal nights in the history of the Mets, who have had many strange things happen to them in their 53 years of existence, a deal that was widely, if briefly, reported by various news organizations, including The New York Times, collapsed after it had already been confirmed by various people in baseball, including a high-ranking team executive who spoke to The Times…
The first sign that something was askew with the trade came when Flores remained in the Mets’ game against San Diego on Wednesday night, which the Padres won, 7-3, despite three home runs by Lucas Duda. Normally, when a player is about to be traded he is pulled from the game to avoid any possibility of a last-minute injury that would scuttle the deal.
And yet as Wednesday’s game proceeded, and the trade was reported as fact, Flores remained on the field, playing shortstop and taking his at-bats. Reporters were mystified as to why Flores was still in the game, as was just about everyone else who was watching, including all the fans at Citi Field who were reading about the trade on their cellphones.
Those same fans then saluted Flores with a standing ovation when he came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning, the clear assumption being they were watching him take his last swings as a Met.
And in the top of the eighth, when Flores dutifully ran back out to his shortstop position, the television cameras that zoomed in on him showed that he was crying. He, too, thought he was gone. Except that he was not….
image….Ray Stubblebine, Bill Kostroun