Saturday, July 12, 2014
Papa Murph, an All-Star, can jump
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Who knew Daniel Murphy could jump?
A half-inning before Eric Campbell delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth that lifted the Mets to a 5-4 win against the Marlins, Murphy leaped to snare a two-out line drive from Adeiny Hechavarria that stranded the potential go-ahead run in scoring position.
“You’re kind of at the mercy of your own athleticism there,” Murphy said. “And fortunately I had barely enough to get to the ball.”
Said Travis d'Arnaud: “I still can’t believe I saw that. He could dunk, I think, with how high he got.”
Murphy disputed d’Arnaud’s generous assessment of his leaping ability.
“No, not unless I had a chair there,” Murphy deadpanned about being able to dunk.
The All-Star Murphy remains due to get Sunday’s first-half finale off, Terry Collins reiterated postgame.
“He’s so pumped up, and he should be,” Collins said about Murphy representing the Mets on Tuesday in Minnesota. “That’s a tremendous tribute to one of the hardest-working players you’ll ever be around. And a big play for him, but he’s gassed.”