Of course, the night would belong to the Mets' clean-up hitter, Lucas Duda, who supplied all of New York's offense with two solo home runs and a run-scoring double in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Nationals, moving them just a single game out of first place in an up-for-grabs NL Eastern division.
But despite Cespedes' off-night at the plate (and one in which he would understandably be a bit nervous), the news of his arrival sold the place out and had Mets' fans as loud as they've been in nearly a decade. Cespedes gives the Mets hope and should make every hitter in their line-up better. He'll give Duda more fastballs and run-scoring opportunities. Opposing pitchers can no longer pitch around Duda as they did much of the first half.
Mets' fans have to hope Cespedes' arrival will be more Keith Hernandez (in '83) or Mike Piazza (in '98) than George Foster ('82) or Bobby Bonilla ('92).
I still believe the Mets need one more big bat to truly be able to compete with the elite teams of the National League. Maybe David Wright will be the answer when he returns, but I'm not so optimistic we'll see him again this season nor will he be the same player of his prime. But they are now positioned to win more games than they were a week ago with Cespedes in the lineup.
Ownership should take note: How many tickets did Cespedes sell last night and will continue to sell if the Mets make a run in the final two months of the season? You've got to spend money to make money and, in New York, if you do and are competitive, the fans will come. The Mets once drew three million fans in their heyday. They can do it again.