Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murphy's Law Everything in This Postseason Is Going Right for the Mets' Daniel Murphy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murphy's Law Everything in This Postseason Is Going Right for the Mets' Daniel Murphy

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The crowd clustered behind the visitors' dugout at Wrigley Field and roared at the sight of the players who restored their hope. Matt Harvey came first, followed by Noah Syndergaard, followed by Jeurys Familia. David Wright would come later.

One by one, the Mets spilled onto the field, still soaked in champagne after beating the Cubs, 8-3, in Game 4 Wednesday night to win the National League pennant. But as the procession unfolded, the fans held out hope that they might get a glimpse of the man who had pulled it all together.

"We want Mur-phy!" they chanted.

Moments later, they erupted once more when Daniel Murphy emerged from the dugout. In his arms, he held his son, Noah. The loudest cheers belonged to them.

Asked later about how the Mets reached their first World Series since 2000, manager Terry Collins said: "We've got 'Superman Murphy' carrying us, so we were pretty lucky."

So many things clicked into place for the Mets to win the fifth pennant in franchise history. But Murphy's emergence and transformation to superhero status might be the unlikeliest break of all.

"With all of the stats, and all of the sabermetrics, there's a place in this game for overachievers," Collins said. "And Dan Murphy's an overachiever. He plays to beat you."

It wasn't that long ago when the Most Valuable Player of the NLCS was lined up to be a casualty of the inevitable transition made by teams on the rise.

Murphy, 30, had been part of the old guard, a group of players who had suffered through the long darkness that followed the franchise's last NLCS appearance in 2006. Until this season, he had never played a full season for a team that finished with a .500 record.

Signs of change surrounded him. Dillon Gee, the Mets' Opening Day starter in 2014, wound up in the minor leagues. Jonathon Niese, the Opening Day starter in 2013, ended the year squeezed out of a rotation loaded with talented 20-somethings with blazing fastballs.

The Mets appeared ready to push out Murphy as well. …

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