Mets Put Exclamation Point on First Half

July 4, 2012 12:00 AM

Mets Put Exclamation Point on First Half

" The Mets said that Citi Field played host to more fans on Tuesday night than it had for any other game in the stadium's history.

It would be swell if the people were all there to celebrate the end of a first half that should probably be encased in amber so that it can always be looked at with fondness for the glorious memories and totally unexpected joy.

The masses actually turned out because of the postgame fireworks display and not because of the baseball game, but the Mets didn't let that stop them from putting on a show.

They jumped out to an early lead, padded it in the middle innings with a David Wright homer and rode Jon Niese's eight innings to a giddy 11-1 win over the Phillies. That leaves the team with a 44-37 record after the first 81 games of the season, a pace that would have them wind up with 88 victories and a strong chance of a playoff berth if they were able to repeat it.

Repeating it isn't the likeliest outcome, of course "

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