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An angry Mets fan is going viral

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On Monday, a Mets fan from New Jersey named Frank Fleming had tickets for the Opening Day game between the Braves and Mets. The only problem: his train from New Jersey was delayed due to a derailment. Fleming assessed the situation calmly and calculated that, oh dear, he may not make his scheduled appointment with the hometown nine!

Kidding. He flew off the handle and went into a berserker-like rage. It was picked up by local news and quickly went viral.

 

Fleming ended up missing the first pitch, but he did make the game in the first inning, so the saga had a happy ending.

Haha, I’m just kidding. This is the early 21st century, and stories never end. They just become commercialized. To that end, Excedrin got into the act, riding Fleming’s headache inducing rage to some inexpensive marketing.

I was sent this quote by a publicist, so don’t think for a minute that Madison Avenue is not on top of its game:

Excedrin saw Frank Fleming’s opening day headache video and felt his pain,” said Scott Yacovino, Senior Brand Manager Excedrin. “We’re giving Frank tickets to Friday night’s game, a private car and some Excedrin just in case his opening day headache remains. While we can’t guarantee a victory, we can guarantee he won’t have another headache trying to get there.”

For his part, Fleming may have some anger management issues, but he’s savvy enough to get in on the marketing:

“I was bummed out that I missed the Opening Day ceremonies, but luckily my new friends at Excedrin relieved my headache with tickets for Friday night’s game behind the dugout and a driver to make sure I get there.”

Like Andy Warhol said: “In the future, everyone will have their genuine emotion coopted by brands for 15 minutes.”

Mark Melancon is considering surgery

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Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon is considering surgery for an undisclosed injury, the pitcher told reporters prior to Friday’s game against the Phillies. Melancon did not divulge the exact location of the injury, but revealed that it had been plaguing him off and on since the 2012 season and was a separate issue from the right pronator strain that kept him sidelined through much of July and August. Giants’ head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner called the injury day-to-day and has not revealed a timetable for the right-hander’s return, should surgery become necessary.

Melancon, 32, has struggled to replicate the sparkling pitching line he produced with the Pirates and Nationals in 2016. He’s toting a 3.80 ERA through 25 appearances with San Francisco, flanked by a 1.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 23 2/3 innings. His season has been significantly shortened after multiple trips to the disabled list for a right forearm strain, and while he looked to be in line to resume his closing duties this week, the Giants will likely play it safe with the veteran righty to keep him from compromising his health in 2018.

Although the injury doesn’t appear to be severe in nature, it’s clearly intensified over the last few months. Per MLB.com’s Chris Haft, Melancon said he’s “had discomfort every day this season,” though he hopes to continue pitching through the remainder of 2017. The Giants aren’t on the verge of contending by any stretch of the imagination, but a solid end to the 2017 season could help Melancon make some headway as he looks to reclaim his status as the team’s closer next spring.

Watch: Javier Baez snares a 106-MPH ground ball

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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Just ask Javier Baez, who tracked down a sizzling 106-MPH ground ball from Jose Bautista on Friday afternoon. The defensive gem helped preserve the Cubs’ three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for Wade Davis‘ 25th save of the season.

Baez also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the second inning before getting tagged out at home by Miguel Montero on a convoluted 9-6-3-6-2 putout. He returned in the eighth inning to pester Tim Mayza and cleared the left field hedge with a 409-foot, two-run blast for his 20th home run of the year. With the win, the Cubs improved to 64-57 and now hold a scant 1.5-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.