One of my favorite New York Mets is down in Triple A, working on his swing with my hometown Syracuse Mets.
I cheered on first baseman Dominic Smith every turn at bat during our last visit to NBT Bank Stadium.
It’s been a tough two years for Dom. His batting average plummeted. His playing time dwindled, despite time in left field last year and now with the adoption of the designated hitter. New big Mets manager Buck Showalter placed him into the lineup as much as possible, hoping he’d find the pop and smoothness that made him a valuable component to complement Pete Alonso, his contemporary who drives the Mets’ offensive engine.
On the night in May when the roster had to be trimmed by one, Dom went 4-for-4 and the Mets won. Management let go Robinson Cano instead.
Since then, not so much.
So I rooted here in Syracuse. Dom made good contact, but as often was the case up at Citi Field and around the National League, his liners went right at the opposition.
It seems he’s trying to keep his famously good disposition.
Behind us on the third-base side sat a group of dozen or so younger fans also cheering for Dom. As he returned to the dugout after one inning, they rallied in full voice. I admired their pluck. He noticed, and waved, with a thumb’s-up for good measure.
The next inning, he carried a ball in his glove from the final out. Transferred it to his throwing hand. Tossed it over the net. Up, up, up it arced toward us. I reached, reached, reached. Just past my straining fingers. The young folks had themselves a Dom-tossed baseball.
I’ve been hoping he’d again become a big Met and helps our drive to big things again. Watching the game I’d recorded and watched upon return from work Monday, who pops up on the dugout upon recall to the big Mets but … Dominic Smith. I hope he stays this time.
8 thoughts on “Rooting for Dom Smith”
He got some good energy from you all.
I tried my best to let him know we were with him, MBC.
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You know, I think I saw Dom on the bench with the big Mets last night! His most amazing moment was when he slide head-first into first base when the Mets rallied for 5 runs in the ninth to beat the Cardinals back in April.
Yes, he’s back with the big squad, thankfully, Mike. He made the most of his time in Syracuse, and I was glad I was able to cheer him on here.
He won’t be forgotten by the kids and will probably be in a tale told years from now. Actions matter.
Yes, players should remember this always, ladysighs. Dom sets a good example.
fingers crossed for dom, hopefully back to the big show for a longer stint. sounds like he has great character
I read a quote in the New York papers yesterday, Beth, and Dom was saying how it was as important to him to show the young players in Triple-A how they should act under the pressure of trying to make the big leagues or the first time as it was to do well and get back there himself. Quite a guy.