METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 18, 1973 GAME:
August 23, 2011
My buddy and I were in 8th grade when we went to this game. Funny thing, my memory was that it must have been a Saturday afternoon but I see now it was mid week so it must have been during Spring recess.
One of our moms drove us to the Manhasset train station and the other one picked us up on the way home.
Box seats in those days cost a whopping $4 each and it just so happened they had two available on the field level behind the Mets dugout, first row behind the walking path. These were probably the best seats I ever had in the 40 years I went to Shea.
I was so excited to see the Mets ROY on the mound, Jon Matlack, having already seen Tom Seaver at the stadium many times. He was going against a guy I never heard of before, Ray Burris.
Matlack was terrific, save a wild pitch in the first inning with a runner on third. That was all he gave up. Unfortunately, Burris was better. He gave up nothing in the 1-0 loss.
Everyone talks about how exciting pitcher's duels are, and they are, but when your team does nothing for 9 innings, it doesn't matter how great your seats are. We went home very disappointed.