METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 19, 1970 GAME:
March 2, 2003
What do you think I would remember most?
--That the Mets won 13 to 3? NO. --That TWO great pitchers started the game Jim Bunning and Tom Seaver? NO. --That Seaver struck out 11 and walked NONE! NO. --That Wayne Garrett almost hit for the cycle (he needed a double)? NO. (I had to look this up...I don't have that good a memory!)
What I remember most is hearing MY name announced as a batter in a major league game!
Scott Reid played (barely) for the Phillies and as a matter of fact I didn't even know "I" was a player until this day at Shea.
All of a sudden Reid is in the game replacing Larry Hisle in RF. When he came to bat later and "my" name was announced, my friend said to "get up" (meaning get up to bat). I still didn't get it until he said look in your program and sure enough...there "I" was.
I was only 7 at the time, so this was a major thrill and the only time (until I became an adult and the Mets pissed me off later [but that's another story]) that I rooted for an enemy of the Mets to do well. Well..."I" went 0-4, reaching on an error...but it was a thrill never the less.
Years later friends of mine who were baseball card collectors game me a copy of "my" card (worth about .01 today I guess!). I tracked down the "real" Scott and sent him a letter with my story. He was nice enough to autograph the card for me and send me a picture.
So...that's my story about June 19, 1970...just another ordinary day at Shea...except for me and my namesake!
September 18, 2005
This particular game date is very memorable to me because I was hit with a foul ball off the bat of Wayne Garrett (the same Wayne Garrett who almost hit for the cycle that day as previously mentioned). I was not seriously hurt but I did receive a bat (curiously, it was a Duffy Dyer bat - I guess the equipment person just grabbed whatever was available). The bruises were gone quickly but I still have the bat!
October 19, 2011
I remember being at this game 11 days before I turned 10. It was so much fun to see the Mets score so many runs and I thought at the time every game was like that.