METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 16, 1979 GAME:
July 9, 2001
I remember this game, Doug Flynn hit a home run on fireworks night. I was 7 years old, he became my favorite player until Strawberry came to New York
August 13, 2006
I think this game was the very first fireworks night. There was such a good crowd at this game that I prayed that the Mets wouldn't embarass themselves before so many people.
Doug Flynn's home run just barely reached the left field stands in the corner -- an out anywhere else in the park. And then they gave a preview of the show by shooting off fireworks as Dougie rounded the bases. VERY cool!
I remember being so impressed with fireworks night that I wrote a letter to then Mets owner Linda DeRoulet, suggesting that they set off fireworks every time a Met hits a home run at every home game (along with other suggestions, such as getting rid of that pathetic mule mascot).
Ms. DeRoulet actually wrote me back, very politely explaining how the air traffic patterns at LaGuardia Airport prohibited fireworks with any regularity.
But it was a night that actually created just a tad of, and short lived, optimism for Mets fans. A great evening.