PHOTO CREDIT: Anthony J. Causi
I have been very hard on Daniel Murphy these past few weeks. Ever since I read and watched his words regarding the "lifestyle" of Billy Bean (http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/04/daniel-murphy-on-billy-bean-i-do-disagree-with-the-fact-that-billy-is-a-homosexual/), I immediately changes my perspective on him. Personally, I just feel that as a public figure and an athlete in the biggest media market in the world, every word is blown up to the tenth degree. Why take that risk? I immensely felt slighted as a fan of the Mets that Murphy would attempt to put the Met clubhouse under fire for his words.
Immediately, I took to Twitter and posted my thoughts on the situation:
Yet, as people have told me on Facebook and Twitter, I needed to let it go. Hell, even the Baseball Ambassador of Inclusion himself let it go and respected that Murphy was truthful for his comments. (http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/04/billy-bean-responds-to-daniel-murphys-comments/)
So I ultimately did. Tonight, Murph came through extremely clutch. At the top of the 9th with one out and both Juan Lagares and the Dude on base after a hit and a walk respectively, #28 took Marlins closer Steve Cishek deep and made it a 3-1 game. A smile grew upon my face. His teammates were ecstatic, as was I.
Then, in the bottom of the inning, Murphy ran down a Michael Morse groundball and in one fell swoop, spun and threw to Duda for the out. I am highly against Murph at 2nd base (his errors and blunders have been absolutely mind-numbing), but tonight, he came through in the clutch. Again, it made me smile.
Bottom line, personally, Daniel Murphy might have turned me off to him as a member of the Mets, but as long as he's here, we need him for the long haul of the season. He needs to hit and he needs to field well. Thankfully, Murph did. Good for him. He needs to keep it up. The thawing of my animosity has started.
Let's go Mets.