Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil drew a walk in the 10th inning of Friday's game with the Phillies, but not before a painful foul tip. Photo Credit: Apple TV Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil hits a foul ball into his groin in Friday night’s game against the Phillies. Photo Credit: Apple TV

Over the course of a 162-game season, even the best MLB teams have bad moments and even the worst will have bad moments. But it will be hard to imagine any one play better summing up a team’s season than what happened to New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

McNeil stepped into the batter’s box for a tenth-inning at-bat against Philadelphia’s Seranthony Domínguez. The first pitch from Domínguez was inside, but McNeil swung anyway, producing a foul tip.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be much of a big deal. But this was a different situation. McNeil didn’t just foul the ball off. He fouled it off into himself, hitting an unfortunate part of his own body.

If any play sums up what’s happened to the Mets in 2023, it’s this or Brett Baty’s misplay of a popup that bounced off of the ground and into his face.

In both cases, baseball fans had a lot of commentary.

While McNeil did end up drawing a walk anyway, it didn’t make much of a difference. Pete Alonso followed McNeil and struck out to end the New York half of the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm singled to drive in Trea Turner to win the game. And with that, the Mets were officially eliminated.

[SNY Mets, Photo Credit: Apple TV]

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