“Obviously, we were supposed to pitch against each other, but obviously that changed and we ended up with him in the batter’s box and facing him as a batter,” Tanaka said through his translator after the game. “Which might have been like the real matchup. I think it might have been a good thing for the fans, as well.”
The Babe Ruth of Japan finally made it to the House that Succeeded the One that Ruth Built.
— Finally, the field that MLB helped construct in honor of former Mets PR staffer Shannon Forde, who died of breast cancer in 2016, in her hometown of Little Ferry, N.J., will host the first annual Shannon Forde Memorial Softball Tournament on Saturday, June 2.
“You know those guys are out there giving 100 percent and I’m comfortable with them coming in the game. It’s rare that it happens,” deGrom said. “Nobody wants to lose. Every time we go out there, the goal is to win. Any loss is tough. A loss in the ninth is tough. But whether you’re way out of it, or you lose in the ninth, it’s a loss and nobody wants to do that.”