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Yoenis Cespedes' Mets magic echoes Manny Ramirez's '08 run with Dodgers

Yoenis Cespedes' Mets magic echoes Manny Ramirez's '08 run with Dodgers

The team is fighting to stay above .500, but still within striking distance of first place. On the last day of July — thanks to a stroke of great fortune — the team adds a big bat in the outfield.

The bat goes crazy. The team goes crazy. The fans go crazy. The season ends not with a disappointing whimper, but with a postseason bang.

In Los Angeles, in 2008, that bat was Manny Ramirez. In New York, this year, that bat is Yoenis Cespedes.

"He was unconscious for about a month straight," New York Mets third baseman David Wright said.

In August, the Mets played 28 games, won 20, and left the Washington Nationals behind for good in the National...

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