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It doesn't count, but if it did...

Jose Reyes hit a walk-off two-run HR to give the MLB All-Stars a 5-3 win over their Japan counterparts, allowing MLB to sweep the series from Japan for the first time since 1935. As much as I'd like to, I can't count this in my Mets walk-off database, but if I had decided to include this sayonara (Japanese word for "walk-off") hit...

* It would have been Jose Reyes' 2nd walk-off hit since coming to the major leagues, with the first coming in a 1-0 win over the Astros on April 13, 2005.

* It would have been the first walk-off involving a Met that we know of to take place on Ed Kranepool's birthday (November 8)

* It would have been the first walk-off HR by a Mets shortstop since Kurt Abbott hit one against the Orioles on June 8, 2000.

* It would have been the 4th walk-off HR by a Mets player during the calendar year (excluding other exhibition games)

* It would have been the first time that a Met hit a walk-off 2-run home run to win a game by the score of 5-3. Cliff Floyd hit a walk-off home run to win a game, 5-3, against the Angels on June 11, 2005, but it was a 3-run home run.

* It would have left Jose Reyes one hit shy of the Mets record for walk-off hits by a Jose. Jose Vizcaino had 3, all singles.

* It would have been the first walk-off HR by a Met against Hisashi Ogura, but not the first walk-off HR against a Japanese-born pitcher. John Olerud hit a walk-off two-run HR against Tokyo native Jeff McCurry to give the Mets a 4-3 win on May 19, 1997.

The Truly Metpanese know...That November 8 marks the anniversary of one of the most famous walk-off wins in NFL history. That's when Tom Dempsey kicked an NFL record 63-yard field goal to give the New Orleans Saints a victory over the Detroit Lions. It is also the date that my parents got married. To this day, that's the only piece of football (and walk-off) trivia that my mom knows.


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