One of the most memorable moments for the Mets in 2019 came on August 9 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
With the Mets in the midst of a 12-wins-in-13 games streak, Washington pushed out to a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. But the Mets refused to go down quietly against Nats closer Sean Doolittle, and after Todd Frazier tied the game on a three-run shot, it was Michael Conforto who later singled in Juan Lagares to give the Mets the win.
The Mets then celebrated in style, as Pete Alonso led the charge to rip Conforto's jersey off in the middle of the field.
As a guest on Thursday's Mets Hot Stove, Conforto recalled that memorable night.
"That was definitely the first time that happened to me. It was probably the first game I didn't wear an undershirt underneath my jersey, as well, so perfect timing there," said Conforto. "It was just pure emotion from my teammates, from Pete, from everybody. We were on quite a run at that point, and that game was crazy. Citi was crazy that day. It felt like playoffs, so we celebrated like it was playoffs."
Conforto and the Mets certainly have plenty to build off of heading into 2020. From a team standpoint, the Mets are looking to carry the momentum from their strong second half. Individually, Conforto is looking to build off a season in which he hit .257 with 33 home runs, 92 RBI, and an .856 OPS.
But when asked about his 2019 season, Conforto said he wants to get back to his 2017 form, when he was an All-Star with a .279 average.
"I felt like 2017 was the year that felt most like me, spraying the ball all over the field, playing well in the outfield, doing all the right things fundamentally as a baseball player," said Conforto. "That's who I want to be. It's not crazy to have those aspirations knowing that's who I've been before.
"Every offseason you go back to the drawing board, you take a look at the things that you want to get better at, and I just went back to work."
Conforto, who will turn 27 on March 1, is now entering his sixth big-league season. And while he feels like he's in a bit of a middle ground between being a veteran and a youngster, he believes that's a good place for him to be.
"I still feel like a young guy," said Conforto. "I'm around a lot of the guys that I came up with now, which is making me start to feel like more a veteran, but it's kind of a good place to be. I'm in touch with the guys who have been around. I've been with Jake (deGrom), I've been with (Steven Matz), I've been with Noah (Syndergaard) since the World Series, so we have that to go back to, and then I can also mentor some of the guys who are new to the team. It's crazy that I'm that guy now, but it's pretty cool and it's a pretty special opportunity."