METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 15, 1969 GAME:
July 4, 2004
I think this was the game where Cleon lined out to a leaping Felix Millan with the bases loaded for the last out. I also believe that after this game Hodges held a team meeting to let the team know he was not happy with their play of late. Can anyone verify this ?
July 13, 2004
Retrosheet.org lists the final out of this game as "Jones popped to second." Maybe they are guilty of a little understatement? The Mets did indeed leave the bases loaded in the ninth with one out...first Ken Boswell grounded into a force play at the plate and then Cleon made the final out.
The Mets were down 6-2 but got three in the eighth to get back in it. Don Cardwell got knocked around early and took the loss to fall to 1-6. Jack DiLauro made his major league debut in this game, giving up a double to the first batter he faced but retiring everyone else in his two- inning outing.
I can't recall if there was a team meeting after the game. This loss dropped the Mets to 15-18 but came one night after a terrific come-from-behind win against the Braves which I was lucky to have attended.
September 18, 2006
This was the very first baseball game I ever went to. My Dad took me to Shea on a school day off, couldn't believe how far up we were with general admission tickets so he gave an usher a couple of bucks and we sat on the field level.
A big moment I remember was a diving catch by Cleon Jones where he ran in from LF on a line drive, rolling after he caught the ball. My dad called this a "circus catch"! I've never heard that phrase again.
The Mets threatened at the end but fell 1 run short, and my Dad told me that Hodges called a meeting about their lackluster play. Shortly after they won 11 in a row and were in the pennant race. Fond memories!
April 19, 2012
This was my first game too. I remember that my father called Hank Aaron's 2 home runs....amazed the hell out of me but it pissed me off enough to tell him to be quiet when he got up for his fourth at bat.