Jacob deGrom
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New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom signed a baseball for Miami Marlins rookie catcher Tyler Heineman after first career hit.

This world includes a lot of horrible things in it. That’s why sports are awesome, because they take our minds off of those hardships.

On Wednesday night, Miami Marlins rookie catcher Tyler Heineman got his first career hit, and it came off of New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom. After the game, Heineman’s teammates talked him into getting a baseball signed by deGrom to honor the moment. The Mets ace ultimately accepted the request.

“To Tyler…Congrats! Good luck in your career,” was the note from deGrom. This was followed by deGrom’s signature along with “2014 NL ROY and 2018 NL Cy Young.” Not to mention, deGrom has a real chance to win the NL Cy Young again this year.

Heineman had one of the two hits that deGrom allowed in his final start of the season. He went 7.0 innings, allowing zero earned runs, striking out seven batters, and walking one.

His final start of the year was an exclamation point on another ridiculous season. The reigning Cy Young winner threw 23 straight scoreless innings to put a bow on his season.

The righty is finishing the season with a sparkling 2.43 ERA. Over the last two seasons, deGrom has a 2.05 ERA in 241 innings of work.

New York and Miami split their four-game series after the Marlins took down the Mets 4-2 on Thursday night. Both teams are out of the playoff race heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.