METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 11, 1976 GAME:
January 31, 2004
The Braves employed an interesting marketing strategy in this game played right before the all- star break.
First, 34 couples were married before the game at home plate, then they brought out a ring and there was professional wrestling (no, the couples were not involved).
Finally, the game started, and it was pretty entertaining too. The Mets led 4-1 after six, then the Braves scored five in the seventh. The Mets came back to take an 8-6 lead going to the bottom of the eighth, but the Braves took the lead for good on a two-out, bases clearing double by future Met Willie Montanez.
Despite all that excitement, only 14,661 fans paid their way in. Another oddity about the game: Jon Matlack, Jerry Koosman, and Tom Seaver all pitched in this one. Matlack started, Kooz and Seaver came in to face two batters each. Many teams would use that strategy back then in the game right before the all-star break....kind of an "everyone in the bullpen can pitch" mentality.
June 3, 2008
Read somewhere in a story about the early days of maverick Braves owner Ted Turner, that he came up with this promotion. Called it 'Wedlock & Headlock Day'.
There was even a picture of the Mets & Braves players lined up opposite each other holding their bats up to let the newlyweds pass through. Pretty hilarious!
September 28, 2012
My second Mets game (first game was day before). I was really stoked because Seaver and Koosman were used in relief of Jon Matlack, because next day was the beginning of the All-Star break. That was a once in a lifetime chance to see all three in one game!
Got to see all my favorite pitchers in just two games!