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  • Watching Mike Piazza's 9/11 jersey get auctioned off so that the Wilpons could bag an extra $50K.

    In all seriousness, I was there in person when the Billy Buckner ball went under his legs. That was a great event! Prior to that would be the first time I saw Dwight Gooden pitch as a rookie. I couldn't believe that he had the velocity and control he had.

    I also really want to say the subway World Series, but that was just so painful to watch.
    Last edited by jjpm74; 04-09-2016, 01:26 PM.

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    • "Wilmer Flores Night at Citi Field" might be my new favorite all-time Mets Game I Actually Watched Live...

      The circumstances of the previous couple nights, the fact that Cespedes was coming and so there was that anticipation there, Matt Harvey started and was on (always a plus for me ), vs. the Nationals, that it was THE game on which the whole season turned, from hanging on for dear life in the race to taking off and winning the pennant, so much of happened before and afterwards seems to hinge on that one series and that one game...it had a ridiculously storybook ending and hero with Wilmer's HR...a definite Mets memory.
      "Ya Gotta Believe!" -Tug McGraw ... "How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life." -James T. Kirk ... "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -Sherlock Holmes ... "It is out of the deepest depth that the highest must come to its height." -Friedrich Nietzsche ... "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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      • Originally posted by Mongoose View Post
        I wish I held the future in my memory. 1969 must have been astounding to see. I'm not sure which posters here were old enough to remember it clearly.

        For me the 1985 team was great. They played well down the stretch. I still don't understand how they didn't win the division. If Seaver was still on the team they would have made the playoffs and probably won the W.S. considering Gooden was invincible that year. They played and won some wild games too. The July 4th game comes to mind. I wonder if anyone recorded that one. It was too long for just one videotape.
        Originally posted by Mongoose View Post
        I was just thinking about Willie Mays. I remember him as a Met a little. I was a kid and a bit too young to really be a knowledgeable fan. I can't argue with anyone who thinks he was the best ever. I lean more towards Honus Wagner because he dominated on both sides of the ball at shortstop. Mays did play in a more competitive era than Wagner, Cobb and Ruth though. Even as a Met his OPS was .746. for an OPS+ of 112.

        Does anyone remember much about his service with the Mets or Giants in New York?

        Finally, on a subject we discussed earlier, I found this interesting. Look at all the pictures of the top 20 single season leaders in rWAR and look at who the only player with a color photograph is; one of only two 20th Century players:

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...R_season.shtml


        Wow.

        If anyone recorded the 1985 July 4th game they would have run out of VHS tape. That game was just insane.

        I just don't understand how anyone can say how Babe Ruth isn't the greatest player ever. Dominant pitcher, then the greatest hitter ever. Sorry Ted Williams. Ruth is the all time leader in SLG/OPS/OPS+. He out homered teams. Just crazy numbers. I understand Ruth, Cobb, Wagner played before the color barrier was broken, but I think you can only judge the players by who/when they played.

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        • Bartolo Colon's home run just shot into my top ten. Anyone else?

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          • I remember seeing Seaver pitch at Shea during his first stint with the Mets. I was only a little kid, and didn't take careful note of the movement on his pitches.

            I don't know who is old enough to remember young Tom Seaver thoroughly, around here. His late career success was the result of knowing how to pitch. When he was younger, though, he had phenomenal stuff. Check this out:



            Nice to see on a November Sunday.


            "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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            • Originally posted by Mongoose View Post
              I remember seeing Seaver pitch at Shea during his first stint with the Mets. I was only a little kid, and didn't take careful note of the movement on his pitches.

              I don't know who is old enough to remember young Tom Seaver thoroughly, around here. His late career success was the result of knowing how to pitch. When he was younger, though, he had phenomenal stuff. Check this out:



              Nice to see on a November Sunday.
              It sure is great viewing. Thank you! I was only 4 years old for the '68 ASG. My earliest recollections of baseball are from after the 1960s ended. I remember the moon landing, but not the '69 Mets.

              Watching the aging superstar being overpowered by this phenom seems almost unfair. ...until we think of all the pitchers Mantle made look silly.

              Heh, and look how fast Seaver worked. Gotta love it.

              https://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/20...mickey-mantle/
              Put it in the books.

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              • Originally posted by Mongoose View Post

                I wish I held the future in my memory. 1969 must have been astounding to see. I'm not sure which posters here were old enough to remember it clearly.

                For me the 1985 team was great. They played well down the stretch. I still don't understand how they didn't win the division. If Seaver was still on the team they would have made the playoffs and probably won the W.S. considering Gooden was invincible that year. They played and won some wild games too. The July 4th game comes to mind. I wonder if anyone recorded that one. It was too long for just one videotape.
                I haven't watched the whole video, but it runs nearly 4 hours long. I'd assume they got most of this game. I consider it the best non-post season game the Mets were ever involved in. The 16-13 victory over the Braves on fireworks night, July 4th 1985. Enjoy:



                "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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                • Seaver strikes out 19, including the last 10 in a row, on radio. Kiner, Murphy and Nelson take turns at the microphone. It's interesting to compare their radio styles.



                  The broadcast takes you back immediately - the advertisements, organ in the background, and names of players give you a real sense of time and place. (And imagine Seaver, Koosman and Ryan starting successive games!)

                  I wonder how many of us remember the original broadcast team? For those who do and those who don't, enjoy.

                  on edit: I was too young to remember Lindsey Nelson well. He's great. All the announcers are conversational, yet economical with their words.
                  Last edited by Mongoose; 05-25-2020, 06:49 PM.


                  "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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                  • Originally posted by Mongoose View Post

                    I haven't watched the whole video, but it runs nearly 4 hours long. I'd assume they got most of this game. I consider it the best non-post season game the Mets were ever involved in. The 16-13 victory over the Braves on fireworks night, July 4th 1985. Enjoy:

                    Just the best. One of my favorite games.

                    Every game has the ability to be special. Post season games may be “important” but don’t sleep on any game, period.

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                    • In 1997 the Mets were down by 6 runs in the 9th inning with one strike left. They won the game.

                      it’s not over til it’s over.
                      Sept 13 against the Expos.

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                      • Originally posted by LI METS FAN View Post
                        In 1997 the Mets were down by 6 runs in the 9th inning with one strike left. They won the game.

                        it’s not over til it’s over.
                        Sept 13 against the Expos.
                        Here you go; first the tying runs:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBJkRUspLx8

                        (with bonus radio call)


                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xPR-opoCbw

                        And then the winning runs:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAZfYTCp6No

                        I miss Shea. Even with the less elegant 80s makeover, it was awesome.


                        "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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                        • Originally posted by Mongoose View Post

                          I haven't watched the whole video, but it runs nearly 4 hours long. I'd assume they got most of this game. I consider it the best non-post season game the Mets were ever involved in. The 16-13 victory over the Braves on fireworks night, July 4th 1985. Enjoy:

                          That game was over 6 hours long and had a two hour rain delay to go with 6+ hours of game play. I remember it well because the field was a total mess. Doc Gooden started that game.
                          Last edited by jjpm74; 05-26-2020, 12:40 PM.

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                          • I just read a lot of this 16 page thread - looking at the dates of the posts ........wow....complaining its been 27 years since a WS win...........well now its 34 years and counting.

                            On page 1 I listed memories from games I was at -- all still valid.

                            If I had to narrow it down to my best moment(s) - there or not - its a tie

                            1) Darryl's homer off of Daly in St Louis 10/1/1985
                            1a) Darryl's homer off of Franco in the bottom of the 10th for a walk win in May of 1988.

                            Huge Strawberry fan.......I may have mentioned that 1000 times or so

                            On the negative side there is only one memory that made my eyes well up, and I felt like puking. Just one.

                            1) 1987 - Terry Pendleton homer off of McDowell to put the Mets away in the NL East Race. The Mets were cruising to an easy win. Strawbery homered off of Tudor and Darling was sailing. McGee bunted - Darling hurt his thumb fielding it and came out of the game. The Cards chipped away and then Pendleton hit a homer on a pitch 3 inches off the ground. I still see Mookie going back thinking he has this. Nope

                            The next day Gooden got his clock cleaned and it was 150 days until spring training 1988.

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                            • Originally posted by Paulypal View Post
                              I just read a lot of this 16 page thread - looking at the dates of the posts ........wow....complaining its been 27 years since a WS win...........well now its 34 years and counting.

                              On page 1 I listed memories from games I was at -- all still valid.

                              If I had to narrow it down to my best moment(s) - there or not - its a tie

                              1) Darryl's homer off of Daly in St Louis 10/1/1985
                              1a) Darryl's homer off of Franco in the bottom of the 10th for a walk win in May of 1988.

                              Huge Strawberry fan.......I may have mentioned that 1000 times or so

                              On the negative side there is only one memory that made my eyes well up, and I felt like puking. Just one.

                              1) 1987 - Terry Pendleton homer off of McDowell to put the Mets away in the NL East Race. The Mets were cruising to an easy win. Strawbery homered off of Tudor and Darling was sailing. McGee bunted - Darling hurt his thumb fielding it and came out of the game. The Cards chipped away and then Pendleton hit a homer on a pitch 3 inches off the ground. I still see Mookie going back thinking he has this. Nope

                              The next day Gooden got his clock cleaned and it was 150 days until spring training 1988.
                              Fred had hijacked the team in November 1986, and he immediately began shipping out players he personally disliked, and turning the atmosphere toxic. All in all, I'm glad I saw the mid 80s run. A city gets a team that good once in a lifetime, if they're lucky. Most never do.

                              Here's an example of good announcing making awful baseball watchable. Cinco de Mayo 1979. The first inning is brutal. Still, it's great to revisit these teams. Craig Swan had fantastic stuff.



                              "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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                              • Long ago games were fine. Nostalgia and all.

                                Best games I went to in 2019-
                                Opening day, because its opening day.

                                Monday August 5th. Mid afternoon doubleheader start for rainout makeup. Couldn't have been 500 fans in the seats at first pitch. Mets won the first game 6-2 and the second game 5-4. Against the Marlins. One memorable fan. A woman of a certain age in the first row behind the visiting dugout with a Don Mattingly Yankees Jersey on. Desperately trying to get Mattingly's attention every time he left the dugout. She must have had a crush on him back in the 80's.

                                Sept 9th- Wilmer Flores returns. He hit a HR but the Mets won 3-1. Standing ovations for Wilmer but the Mets win. Fun night.


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