Bases loaded. Bottom of the 9th inning.
A chance to win the game.
This scenario is one every kid who has played baseball dreams of being in.
And that's what former Oregon State Beavers outfielder Michael Conforto found himself in with the New York Mets Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.
Typically, as the narrative goes, you hit a home run and the fans goes wild! You slow jog around the bases while cupping your hands making the sounds of of the crowd.
That's not what happened with Conforto, however.
He struck out.
Or did he...?
As it turns out, Conforto was at the center of a controversial hit by pitch that he appears to lean into.
The former Beav made no effort to get out of the way as his elbow hovered over home plate, but it wasn't reviewable. And he likely knew that as evidenced by his smirk as he ran walked to first base. Luis Guillorme trotted from third base to home plate, scored and the game was over. Marlins manager Don Mattingly tried to argue the call, but to no avail.
Even the Mets TV broadcast seemed upset over the way the game ended.
Either way, the Mets comeback was complete, handing them their first home win of the season.
But hey, a win is a win.
And there's no crying in baseball.