METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 22, 1973 GAME:
January 9, 2001
I saw this game with my dad - Mets got one or two in the ninth to win!!! (Can't remember exact details, but I think Felix knocked over the catcher to score the winning run.)
Note the winning pitcher - Tug McGraw, who came into the game 0 - 6 on the year. This was the night that turned him around in '73. He was awesome after this...went from 0 - 6 to 4 - 6 in 1.5 months.
April 1, 2002
I was at this game too. The Mets scored twice in the 9th. Staub got the winning hit. Andy Messersmith started for the Dodgers. He dropped a 2 out pop-up behind the mound with the bases loaded to let in the first 2 Mets runs (5th or 6th inning I think). Then they won it in the 9th, and McGraw was saying "You gotta believe!"
June 7, 2003
Hey Kevin - yeah, Andy M. dropping the pop-up. I can still see it. He was on the mound, I think. Not on the grass. My Dad reminded me that a pop-up is never a pitcher's ball cause he doesn't have the angle on it. I think of that play every time I see a pitcher field a pop-up or get called off by an infielder.
August 26, 2003
Actually, John Milner got the game-winning hit. McGraw batted for himself with the Mets down a run in the 9th, bunting the tying run to second base. Garrett grounded out to first, moving the runner to third. With two outs, Felix Millan tied it with a clutch single. Staub then singled and LA pitcher Jim Brewer was taken out with lefty Pete Richert coming in. On the very first pitch, Milner singled to center, with Millan knocking over Steve Yeager with the winning run.
February 26, 2004
I remember this game very well. I was 10 years old and we had box seats behind first. I remember the dropped pop by Messersmith and Milner's game-winning hit to right field between first and second. It was kind of a turnaround game--I think Mets moved out of last place that night.
August 22, 2013
On this, the 40th anniversary of this thrilling game, I'm thinking of my Dad, who took me.
He died in 2004 and he has a Mets hat in his casket.
Also, thinking of Tug McGraw, who turned it around on this night, and John Milner, who got the base hit to win it.
Great memories... the type Fred and Jeff seem powerless to provide.