METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 22, 1980 GAME:
June 26, 2005
I believe it was before this game that the Mets took part in a filming for the TV show "Eight is Enough". Eight players (what other number should there have been) appeared in the episode of the show titled "And Baby Makes Nine."
The real star of the day, though, was someone who was not in the show. Claudell Washington, acquired earlier in the month, made team history. He became the first Mets' left-handed hitter, and third player, to hit three home runs in one game. This performance was more than enough for a win.
On a day when his new teammates went Hollywood, Claudell put on an act that was much more entertaining than a prime time drama.
April 1, 2006
Now this game I do remember. It was perhaps one of the most memorable games I have paid to see. Washington did hit the three home runs in his signature performance. I should have known that Dave "Gopher Ball" Goltz was pitching in that game. Myself and my friend were among a smattering of Met fans at the game, and the home crowd as usual left the stadium REAL QUICK!
January 21, 2011
This was the game the Dodgers held 'camera day' on the field before the game - the players would make the rounds from the 3rd base dugout to left field, center field and around to right, with fans allowed on the field to photograph them from up close. Great fun!
My Dad and I came to this game, it was our 3rd Dodger game and we hadn't seen them win one yet. This would not be the day! I remember Claudell Wasthington's dingers clearly - at least one of them went out down the right field line not far from where we sat.