May 12, 2021

Patrick Mazeika: The Latest Mets Folk Hero & Walk Off Specialist (2021)

Patrick Alan Mazeika was born October 14th 1993 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The six foot three left handed hitter, throws right & plays primarily as a catcher, but also plays first base. He attended Stetson University in Deland Florida & also played baseball in the Cape Cod League.

Mazeika was drafted by the New York Mets in the 8th round of the 2015 draft. In 2015 in the rookie league, he batted .354 in 62 games for the Kingsport Mets, followed by a .305 season at A ball, Columbia in 2016. He moved from St. Lucie to AA Binghamton in 2017. 

He was their main catcher in 2018 ahead of Tomas Nido. He hit .231 with 9 HRs & 39 RBIs in 87 games.  

In 2019 he was one of the teams best hitters, as Mazeika led the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in HRs (16) doubles (25) & RBIs (69) while coming in second in hits (101) & runs scored (50). He played in 116 games overall, 53 at first base & 55 games behind the plate, ten games less than main catcher Ali Sanchez. 

In 2020 he was called up to the Mets twice, but was demoted both times without seeing any playing action.

On May 5th 2021, he was called up to the Mets big league squad to replace the injured, Brandon Nimmo. He had never played above the AA level before this point. That night, he made his MLB debut, coming in as a pinch hitter in the second inning, grounding out in a 7-2 win over the Cardinals. 

Walk Off Hero #1: On May 7th, in his second career at bat, he became a walk off hero for the first time. 

In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Mets were in a 4-4 tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks. With
the new rules, Pete Alonso was placed on second base. Dominic Smith was then walked intentionally & Kevin Pillar flew out.

 Next Jonathan Villar was also walked intentionally. With the bases loaded, Mazeika  came in to pinch hit & then hit a fielders choice back to the pitcher, Pete Alonso scored with the game winning walk off run.

The Mets stormed the field & celebrated by ripping Mazeika's jersey off his body.

On May 9th, the Mets had a 2-1 lead in the 6th inning. Pete Alonso led off with a walk & Dominic Smith was hit by a pitch. Kevin Pillar struck out, then Jonathan Villar drew a walk to load the bases. After James McCann struck out, Patrick Mazeika came to bat as a pinch hitter. Mazeika drew a walk as well, collecting his second RBI without ever getting a hit. The Mets went on to a 4-2 win, sweeping the series, winning their fifth straight game.

Walk Off Hero #2: On Tuesday May 9th, Mazeika came to bat as a pinch hitter, the last man off the bench, once again, in the bottom of the 9th inning, in another tied game. The Mets entered the 9th inning, down 2-1 to the Baltimore Orioles. Kevin Pillar & Jonathan Villar both singled. 


Dominic Smith came through with a base hit to tie the game. Mazieka grounded a roller to first base, Oriels first baseman, Trey Mancini threw home. 

Jonathan Villar's good base running & good slide under the catchers tag, scored the inning run. Mazeika was a walk off hero for the second time in five days. Once again, his teammates celebrated by pulling off his uniform jersey.

Patrick Mazieka, had still yet to have his first major league hit, but had two game winning walk off RBIs & three RBIs overall. 

Trivia: He is the first player since the RBI became a stat in 1920, to have multiple walk off RBIs in first four games.

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