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The Mets’ Wilmer Flores Sheds Tears on the Field Over Milwaukee Brewers Trade Rumors

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Wednesday’s game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres was nothing if not dramatic. Aside from the Padres trouncing the Mets 7-3, rumors that shortstop Wilmer Flores would be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in return for All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez reached Flores while he was playing.

In the smartphone era, such news travels fast, and it wasn’t long before the stadium was giving Flores a standing ovation as he came up to bat. Then cameras caught Flores, teary eyed, as he soldiered on playing for the team he thought was sending him away.

In the end, though, the rumors were only just that, as Mets manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that “social media got ahead of the facts” and there would be no such trade. Later reports indicated that the deal fell apart in the final stages, explaining why Flores was left in the game when traded players are usually pulled immediately.

Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in World Series History

Sept. 29, 1954: Willie Mays of the New York Giants makes “The Catch” against the Clevland Indians in Game 1. It is considered one of the most spectacular catches in World Series history.
Sept. 29, 1954: Willie Mays of the New York Giants makes “The Catch” against the Clevland Indians in Game 1 -- considered one of the most spectacular catches in World Series history.Daily News/Getty Images
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Oct. 8, 1956: Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitches the only perfect game in World Series history, in Game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Diamond Images/Getty Images
Oct. 13, 1960: Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers the only Game 7 walk-off home run in the history of the World Series against the Yankees to win the World Series. MLB Photos/ Getty Images
Carlton Fisk
Oct. 22, 1975: Game 6, bottom of the 12th, Carlton Fisk at bat. He hits a walk-off home run that pushes for a game 7 against the Cincinnati Reds. Fisk's home run extended the Red Sox dream of breaking the curse of the Bambino.Harry Cabluck—AP
Oct. 18, 1977: Reggie Jackson went 3 for 4 in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting three home runs in three at-bats, and leading the Yankees to their first World Series in 15 years, earning himself the name Mr. October for his clutch efforts.AP
Oct. 25, 1986: Mookie Wilson of the New York Mets, at bat against the Red Sox, who are one out away from winning the World Series. Wilson hits a ground ball towards first base, which leads Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner to commit an error that lets the ball go through his glove, allowing the Met’s Ray Knight to score the game-winning run. The Mets would go on to win the World Series. Stan Grossfeld—AP
Kirk Gibson
Oct. 15, 1988: Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers Versus the Oakland Athletics. Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda calls for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th, for his pitcher, Alejandro Pena, and puts in Kirk Gibson, who prior to the game had trouble even walking, it was widely known his knees were in bad condition. Gibson would hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the Dodgers. Rusty Kennedy—AP
Twins vs. Braves 1991
Oct. 26, 1991: “And We'll See You Tomorrow Night!” Kirby Puckett wins Game 6 with a home run in the bottom of the 11th with 2 outs, pushing for a Game 7 against the Atlanta Braves and setting the Twins up for eventual victory. This is considered one of the greatest World Series ever played.Doug Mills—AP
Oct. 23,1993: "Touch 'em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"- Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheeks, after Carter delivered the 2nd ever walk-off home run to win a World series in history, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Rick Stewart—Getty Images
Nov. 4, 2001: Luis Gonzalez, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, at bat, bottom of the 9th, Game 7, the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees is on the mound. The Yankees are looking for their fourth world series in a roll to continue their dynasty. The score is tied, 2-2, bases are loaded. Gonzalez hits a floater into the shallow centerfield, and the Diamondbacks win the World Series.Mike Nelson—AFP/Getty Images


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