May 30th 2014: On this night, the Mets became the first team in MLB history to have three players in a line up to have their last name begin with a lower case "d".
The previous year with the addition of Travis d'Arnaud on the team, the Mets equipment manager had to use a capitol "P" & turn it upside down for d'Arnaud's uniform. In 2014 he requested extra lower case letters from Majestic, knowing this was going to be a problem with guys like Jacob deGrom & Matt den Dekker around.
Terry Collins' New York Mets (25-29) were in Philadelphia playing Ryne Sandberg's Phillies (24-28). The game began easy enough with Travis d'Arnaud starting at catcher, being the only lower case d in the line up. He would go 2-6 with an RBI on this long night.
In the 6th inning with the score tied at 5-5, Matt den Dekker made a pinch hit appearance, the second lower case "d" of the night struck out & was done for the night.
In the top of the 14th inning, with the score still tied & a depleted bench, Terry Collins put in his young soon to be Rookie of the Year pitcher, the six foot four Jacob deGrom to hit as a pinch hitter.
Although he struck out, he secured the Mets with having three lower case "d" players to appear in a game. A record that may never be broken, even though most people wont know or care.
The Mets lost this game in the bottom of the 14th as Reid Brignac singled home Marlon Byrd off Jenrry Mejia. The Mets used 21 players on the night, the Phils 19.