July 18, 2012 12:00 AM
" On the night Linsanity officially died in New York, it looked like Valdespinsanity would provide a reason to smile.
Down 2-0 with two on and one out in the top of the ninth, Jordany Valdespin pinch hit for Jason Bay (that signing really is the gift that keeps on giving) and delivered a massive hit for the second time this year. Valdespin took Tyler Clippard deep, giving the Mets the lead and brightening a night that had been awfully dark until that point.
Valdespin did the same thing to Jonathan Papelbon earlier this season and Frank Francisco was able to close things down in the bottom of the inning. Francisco's on the DL now, so Bobby Parnell got the chance to shut things down in D.C. on Tuesday night.
As you can see by the title on the top of this page, it didn't go well. It would have been easy if he just gave up a home run and made the pain quick, but minimizing pain just isn't the way these Mets roll "
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