April 06, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Easy lies the head that wears a crown on the New York Mets.

Travis d'Arnaud looked like a monarch after Thursday's 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, wearing a kingly silver headdress of authority that included shiny blue stones - no doubt not real jewels.

The Mets had previously given a wrestling belt to their stars of the game.

''Instead of a belt, we have this because other people were using the belt,'' d'Arnaud said.

Mets captain David Wright decided to change the prize and personally crowned d'Arnaud, who hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning.

''It debuted Monday,'' d'Arnaud said. ''I don't remember who won it. I think they were supposed to wear it during an interview and they didn't, so he was very adamant about making sure I wore it tonight.''

Last year's belt had a shamrock and a pink ribbon in memory of Shannon Forde, the team's senior director of media relations. Forde died in March 2016 at age 44 after a 3 1/2-year battle with breast cancer.

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