Ruben Tejada was the hero Monday night for the Mets, slashing a single into center field to plate the winning run in the 11th inning. The jubilant Mets celebrated Tejada’s walk-off hit by chasing him into the outfield with swinging towels.
The Mets haven’t had much to be happy about this year, so you can understand why Tejada’s heroics made them so ecstatic. If I played for the Mets, and had to sit there in misery night after night pretty much expecting to lose, I’d be overcome with joy in that moment as well.
I’d grab the nearest towel and start swinging it over my head like a mad man. If I couldn’t find a towel I would rip off my shirt and swing that around. Or grab a bat boy or a small fan and swing him. Making high, crazed whooping noises like an indian in an old movie coming down from the hills to kill John Wayne.
Tejada might have been afraid for a second that those guys were going to beat him down. Don’t worry Tejada, the towels aren’t loaded with soap bars. They’re just towels. Protect your eyes and you’ll be okay.