The 50 Biggest Fails in New York Mets History

#41. Ryan Church Doesn't Touch 3rd

Date: 5/18/2009

The Mets woke up on the morning of May 18, 2009 in first place, leading the defending world champion Phillies by a half-game in the NL East. But that night on his way to scoring what WOULD'VE BEEN the go-ahead run in the 11th inning of a game against the Dodgers, Ryan Church fails to touch third base and is called out. The Dodgers won the game in the bottom of the 11th, and the Mets didn't look back (mostly because they were looking up at the Phils, Braves, and Marlins), finishing the year 22 games back. The organization actually exacted a bit of unintentional (we assume) revenge on Church, forcing him to come back early from a concussion and ruining his career. Although to be fair, the Mets haven't really been "healthy" themselves ever since.

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