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Juan Uribe helping Mets on, off field

New York Mets third baseman Juan Uribe is

New York Mets third baseman Juan Uribe is greeted in the dugout after he scores against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citi Field on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

There's no way to measure Juan Uribe's complete impact on the Mets.

The 36-year-old, acquired July 25 from Atlanta, went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in a 3-0 win over Colorado Wednesday night at Citi Field. He made a pair of noteworthy defensive plays, too, as the Mets (62-52) extended their NL East lead to three games.

But on a young team that has not won anything in recent years, his impact extends to the intangible.

"He's been such a tremendous person and has helped us all out,'' Travis d'Arnaud, 26, said. "Not even speaking, but the way he acts. Look at the two plays he made today.''

The first one came in the fifth inning, with no outs and runners on first and third. Uribe, playing third, fielded a sacrifice bunt by Jorge De La Rosa with DJ LeMahieu steps behind him. Uribe faked going after LeMahieu, just enough to chase him back to third, before throwing out De La Rosa at first and preserving a 2-0 lead.

With one out in the sixth, Uribe made a fully extended dive in the hole and barely threw out the lead runner at second without leaving his knees.

The tangible results were two critical outs. The intangible?

"That's grace under pressure right there,'' d'Arnaud said. "It just shows that he's always ready to play. It fires us all up.''

Uribe's reputation precedes him. Manager Terry Collins said it took Uribe just a few minutes to establish himself as a leader in the clubhouse. D'Arnaud said he knew Uribe, who is hitting .195 as a Met, won two World Series (2005 White Sox, 2010 Giants).

"When you have people that know how to win,'' Collins said, "they know how to get ready and know what to do. People watch it, and they learn from it.''

Collins voluntarily brought up former Met Jordany Valdespin as someone who could have benefited from Uribe. Untimely home run celebrations and involvement with Biogenesis made Valdespin, whom the Marlins released from their Triple-A affiliate Monday, known as an immature player.

"To have a guy with that talent watch this guy play the game,'' Collins said, "it would have made a huge impact. That's what our young guys watch.''

And you can bet these young guys plan on following Uribe's lead.

Said d'Arnaud: "Having him here when we're going through this stretch is awesome.''


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