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Amazin' at-bat: Mets' Guillorme draws 22-pitch walk vs Hicks

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New York Mets' Luis Guillorme, center, draws a walk off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game, Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

This easily could be the most amazin' at-bat of the entire season.

Yep, in a spring training game.

With his New York Mets teammates cheering, dancing and going crazy in the dugout, Luis Guillorme stood at the plate for more than 10 minutes against rocket-armed St. Louis reliever Jordan Hicks, eventually drawing a 22-pitch walk Sunday.

“It’s pretty cool,” Guillorme said.

Guillorme took a called strike on the first pitch, then swung and missed at the second. Quickly down 0-2, the backup infielder wound up hitting 16 foul balls -- nine in a row with a full count.

Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and the rest of the Mets got more and more animated with every curve, changeup and fastball, including a half-dozen at 100 mph. Finally, Guillorme took a slider down and in for ball four and trotted to first base as the shouts and hollers erupted.

“It was definitely a good battle,” Hicks said.

Since Major League Baseball officially began keeping track in 1988, the longest at-bat in a regular-season game was a 21-pitch duel between San Francisco’s Brandon Belt and Angels rookie Jaime Barria that finished with a flyout.