METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 10, 1969 GAME:
November 17, 2000
It took the Mets 140 games to finally get into 1st place that season. Once they got there, there was no looking back. The game even took an agonizing 12 innings to do it. For a 10 year old kid, it seemed like an eternity for me.
January 14, 2003
The Expos pitched a kid named Mike Wegener, who caught a line drive off Cleon's bat that to this day I can't understand how it didn't kill him.
Didn't help though. McAndrew went 11 innings and the Mets won in 12.
June 17, 2005
Ralph's call of the game-winning hit is a classic. He told you the years, months, and days it took for the Mets to finally reach 1st place EVER. The roaring crowd in the back chanting "We're #1" still brings chills to the bone.
September 16, 2007
I remember watching this on TV. It was a twi- night doubleheader. What a thrill that they finally won it in the 12th and "for the first time in their history" went into first place by percentage points over Leo the Lip's Cubs.
The Big H
October 18, 2008
This was a first game of a twilight doubleheader. The end result was the Mets ended the game in first place which they achieved in the 12th inning when Cleon Jones (as usual for 1969) scored the winning run. When the game ended the Mets were in first place for the first time in the history of the team. The crowd went wild later on as the scoreboard showed that the Mets were .001 points ahead of the Cubs, as a result of the Cubs playing two more games than the Mets, and were indeed in first place. As the night progressed, during the second game, the Cubs lost which meant more cheering and a genuine claim on first place by a half game. Of course UltimateMets.com shows that the Mets won the second game as well leaving them one full game up at the end of the night.