2017-08-09 / Front Page

Astoria Boy Catches Ball At His Very First Mets Game

By Dr. Dan Miller & Joyce Vetere Milowski

Audin Deen is shown holding the baseball that was thrown to him by Dodgers first baseman Codie Bellinger at the end of the 8th inning during the Mets Dodgers game on Friday of last week. Audin’s family, sister Hanni (12), Dad Jim, sister Jenna (7), Sonia(mom) and friend Nayef Zarrow were all there to cheer for Audin’s new found gift. Mets starter Jacob de Grom facing the top team in major league baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday night (Jacob deGrom jersey night) deGrom last.Photo Dan Miller/DND ImagesAudin Deen is shown holding the baseball that was thrown to him by Dodgers first baseman Codie Bellinger at the end of the 8th inning during the Mets Dodgers game on Friday of last week. Audin’s family, sister Hanni (12), Dad Jim, sister Jenna (7), Sonia(mom) and friend Nayef Zarrow were all there to cheer for Audin’s new found gift. Mets starter Jacob de Grom facing the top team in major league baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday night (Jacob deGrom jersey night) deGrom last.Photo Dan Miller/DND ImagesOn Friday August 4, Astoria native 10-year old  Audin Deen received a surprise from his parents; an  invitation to join the family to attend Jacob de Grom jersey night at Citi Field as a back to school gift to this energetic and excited New York Mets fan.

Friday night’s game was the opening game of a three games series between the New York Mets and the Major League Baseball’s team with the best record, The Los Angeles Dodgers. Their record as of Monday August 7 was 79-32, tops in the majors. The Dodgers are on an 11-game winning streak with having won 43 games out of their last 50 games since June 9,- the best 50 game winning streak in MLB history. The Mets caught them at the wrong time this weekend leaving the home town heroes with a record of 49-60 and 16 ½ games behind their arch rivals, the National League’s East first place Washington Nationals.

If the Dodgers keep winning at this pace they are on pace to exceed their all-time franchise winning season as well as the MLB all-time winning percentage for a regular season. The 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners both won 116 games, the most ever by a professional baseball team in a season. The remainder of the season should be interesting. There are many former Brooklyn Dodger fans who still root for the Dodgers. The Dodgers are a big draw when they come to New York to play the Mets. This could be a good reason to do so for the remainder of the season. Sandy Kofax, Don Drysdale, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson were outstanding players in their time but the former Brooklyn Dodgers do not compare at this stage of the season to the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers.

What made the invitation to Audin, and his sisters Jenna (12) and Sonia (7) even more special is that Friday night was Jacob DeGrom Jersey night with all of the 41,187 fans in attendance receiving an official replica of Jacob DeGrom’s Jersey with his number 48 on the back. Jacob deGrom has undoubtedly been the team’s leading pitcher with a 12-5 record and leading the team in strikeouts as well.

While the game did not go the way the Mets wanted the evening was a big success anyway for Deen family, all six of them. They got a chance to be out together to see the family’s favorite major league baseball team, the New York Mets and a chance to see one of their favorite players, Jacob deGrom pitch. Unfortunately for deGrom and the Mets trailed 1-0 to the Dodgers in the very first at bat with Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor slamming the 9th pitch from the Mets starter into the stands for a homerun, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers scored five more times as deGrom struggled giving up two more home runs, Yasiel Puig in the 2nd inning and Met-killer Chase Utley a two-run job in the sixth.

While the game did not excite the family, the fact that young Audin was the beneficiary of a new baseball tossed to him by Dodger first baseman Codie Bellinger as the Dodgers went to the dugout following the Mets third out at the end of the 8th inning. Ten year old Audin caught the ball thrown in his direction of Bellinger and held it up for his whole family to see, showing a big smile on his face from ear to ear.

The evening was memorable for the new baseball as well as the fact young Audin was able to see the newest Mets sensation rookie Amed Rosario in his first home game in a Mets uniform. Rosario has already made an impression on the Mets management as well as Mets fans.  After 5 games he has already become the first player in Mets history to stroke two triples in his first three career games. Rosario’s home debut was a memorable one as he stroked a hard hit single past the Dodgers third baseman, New York native and former Met player, Justin Turner, who is having fun in Los Angeles. Turner just signed a four year $60 million deal to remain with the Dodgers through 2012 season. That was another star player the Mets let get away!

For the record Jacob deGrom, who leads the Mets in victories finished the contest pitching 5 innings giving up 6 runs on 5 hits, yielding 3 walks and striking out 8. His demise occurred with the first batter he faced at the start of the game because the Mets were helpless against Dodgers’ 1st year player Yu Darvish.

Darvish, a former Texas Ranger was making his first start in a Dodgers uniform making it a memorable one. Darvish pitched 7 innings giving up no runs and three hits to go along with a 10 strikeout performance. His former team, the Texas Rangers come visited Citi Field for two games Tuesday August 8 and Wednesday August 9. May be the Mets will regroup and win some games.

The Dodgers own the best record in baseball, 76-32, 7 games ahead of second place Houston Astros in the National League Western Division. The Dodgers are playing the best baseball in their franchise history that dates back to their years in Brooklyn, when they played both at the Polo Grounds (Manhattan)and then at Ebbets Field.

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