METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 27, 1974 GAME:
February 6, 2004
On this night Mets LF Bennie Ayala hit a home run in his first major league at bat. It came with one out in the bottom of the second off Houston RHP Tom Griffin.
September 16, 2007
My dad took me to this game for my 14th birthday and we sat in the left field Mezzanine among a bunch of Benny Ayala's extended family - cousins, uncles and such. They were thrilled that Benny was starting in his first Major League game and when he hit a Home Run in his first at-bat they went wild, hugging and kissing each other (and us!)
It was a great memory I often shared with my father for many years afterwards, and remains one of my fondest memories of time spent with him.
John From CT
October 15, 2008
Back when night games started at 8:05, my sister and her boyfriend took me. We left our house in Bridgeport a little before 7:30 and as we were walking to our seats I saw this #18 circling the bases. I had no idea who he was. It was Benny.
April 26, 2010
This was also the first of four starts that the Mets gave Tug McGraw at the end of the 1974 season. I'm not sure whether it was a test to see whether to convert him back to a starter in 1975 or to increase his potential trade value, but of course, he was eventually traded to the Phillies.
October 28, 2015
I brought a banner my friend and I made out of a manilla folder to this game - years later we had our Citi Field brick inscribed with the same message. I sat in the loge on the 3rd base side and kept score. Still have that program with my 11 year old's scratchy handwriting denoting Benny's blast.