So… in case you haven’t heard, the New York Mets won their home opener against the Miami Marlins in a very traditional fashion. Down by one run entering the inning, a Jeff McNeil solo-shot gave the Metropolitans new life, evening the score and putting extra-innings on the table. After some unfortunate at-bats, Marlins closer Anthony Bass walked Francisco Lindor to load the bases. That meant a struggling Michael Conforto would be stepping into the box with a chance to win the game. On a full count, something… controversial happened…
Michael Conforto’s elbow got hit by a pitch… and the game was over. The Mets won, 3-2.
Conforto 1000% stuck his elbow out in order to get hit by the pitch. By doing such a thing, he erased the memory of a horrific afternoon at the plate and gave the Mets their first win at home. But to say it wasn’t intentional is delusional. There’s just no doubt about it, and it’s not a great look. And before you say something stupid like “aw come on, you really gonna be upset about this?”, here’s Gary, Keith, and Ron’s reactions.
And to his credit, home plate Ron Kulpa later admitted that he did indeed make a mistake.
Regardless of how you feel about it, let’s all agree on something: Michael Conforto’s right elbow is a problem. And I’ve compiled a list of places where he might run into some more problems.
#5 – The Movie Theater
So yeah, I get it Covid-19 makes going to the movies a bad decision, but when the world comes back online, that elbow’s gonna be a problem. Fighting for an arm rest with Conforto’s going to be hell. If you’re not ready for a battle while you watch Thor: Love and Thunder in 2022, then you’re going to have a bad time.
#4 – An Oceanic Flight
I once flew to Singapore and it was maybe the worst full day of travel I’ve ever been through. A full 24 hours of being stuck in a pressurized cabin flying over oceans only to land in maybe the most humid of places in the world. It was gnarly, but you know what would be worse? Sitting next to Michael Conforto and his damn elbow that whole time. I’m just trying to not cry while watching Coco, and you’re elbowing my very flat Diet Coke? No way, I’m paging the stewardess and we might have to make an emergency landing in Maui.
#3 – On the Subway (Specifically the 7 Line at 5 PM on a weekday)
The subway is a fantastic way to get around New York City. I swear by it. And the 7 Line is a great way to get to Citi Field. Unless of course, you’re going during the week. The 7 Line (pre-Covid) was PACKED to the gills during rush hour during the work week. A mish-mash of tired desk droids, cubicle commandos and sandwich artists jammed in shoulder to shoulder with Met fans trying to get to Flushing. To think about Conforto’s elbow digging into your back while you’re just trying to breathe and hold onto the ceiling of the subway car? No, thank you. I’ll walk. It’s not worth it.
#2 – On Space Mountain
Pretty simple. Disney asks its riders to “please keep your hands, arms, and legs inside the vehicle at all times.” You think Mikey Conforto’s going to listen to that? No way, he stuck his elbow out at a 95 MPH pitch. He’s not afraid of your G-Force.
#1 – In a Tag-Team Match with The Rock
Who gets to drop “The People’s Elbow”? Is it the Rock, the man who created the move? I mean, Conforto’s got skills, and much like the Rock, he has used it to assure a victory. Could get dicey.
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