METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 8, 1969 GAME:
March 5, 2002
This was the "Black Cat Game." I was there. It rained before the game and Gil Hodges wanted the game to start. He walked to home plate with the lineup card and it miraculously stopped raining.
The black cat crossed in front of Leo Durocher and the Cubs on deck circle. That's also the game where Randy Hundley can be seen jumping up and down 5 feet off home plate to protest a call.
Koosman beat Bill Hands. Agee, after being decked to lead off game, hit a big HR next time up. Mets moved into first within the next few days of this game and stayed there . Exiting the game after this win everyone sang "Good-bye Leo" to the tune of "Goodnight Ladies." The song echoed throughout the cement ramps and exits of the stadium.
In 2000 it was, "Who Let The Dogs Out?" But that year it was "Who Let the Black Cat Out?"
March 17, 2003
This was a monumental in your face game in what was rapidly becoming a bitter rivalry. Hands did indeed deck Agee but Tommie did not wait until the next at bat. He instead hammered the Parsippany New Jersey native's next pitch over the centerfield fence. This set the tone immediately and Koosman God love him nailed that notorious heel-clicker Ron Santo in the ribs as retalliation. Randy Hundley apparently not subscribing to the theory that white men can't jump vaulted at least four feet off of the ground on what he misconstrued as a botched call by the plate umpire. The black cat had nothing to do with this one as Chicago's luck had run out long befoe that memorable game.
February 2, 2004
If you look at the video tape of the game. Randy Hundley was right. The umpire made a bad call. But as "BIGSTRO" stated, Chicago's luck had run out. They were well into the infamous 8-game losing streak. (They lost 10 of 11 during that span.)