The team is fighting to stay above .500, but still within striking distance of first place. On the last day of July — thanks to a stroke of great fortune — the team adds a big bat in the outfield.
The bat goes crazy. The team goes crazy. The fans go crazy. The season ends not with a disappointing whimper, but with a postseason bang.
In Los Angeles, in 2008, that bat was Manny Ramirez. In New York, this year, that bat is Yoenis Cespedes.
"He was unconscious for about a month straight," New York Mets third baseman David Wright said.
In August, the Mets played 28 games, won 20, and left the Washington Nationals behind for good in the National...