Those who say there’s no crying in baseball have never been traded mid-game.
Update: July 30, 8:45 a.m. ET
After the game, Mets manager Terry Collins shared his thoughts on the situation:
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Update: July 29, 11:15 p.m. ET
As it turns out, the reported trade fizzled out and will not happen, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters after the game, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
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At the time, though, Flores was devastated:
Jesse Spector of Sporting News helps us understand why:
The best move would have been removing Flores from the game immediately and letting him feel the cheers of Mets fans one last time.
At that point, the Venezuelan's mind was no longer on baseball—it was likely shooting from his family to living arrangements to everything in between.
However, New York didn’t travel the best road, keeping him in the game after news of the trade broke. The Mets ultimately removed him later in the contest, but his tears had already been spilled:
You have to feel for Flores here.