METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 13, 1980 GAME:
March 25, 2006
One hot summer day and early evening! I do remember before the start of this the second game of the double header that the Playmate bunnies came on the field for their softball game in a hot air balloon! Leon "Bull" Durham creaming a pitch over the rightfield wall and into what I believe was the Mets players parking lot. Looking into the WOR-TV booth and seeing Ralph Kiner. Later that night I watched the news as I was staying with my cousins in Avenel, N.J. and they said that a fan had jumped off the mezzanine earlier that morning and commited suicide. What a tragedy as that still sticks in my head almost 26 years later. Overall a great day for two Met games as they won both!
October 28, 2006
I remember being at these games, being pretty young I honestly can't remember the Playmates or the balloon which is sad. Maybe I got up between games and was too busy running around to notice. I do remember Durham's HR which someone here mentioned went into the players' parking lot, as I recall, it actually broke Alex Trevino's windshield. Maybe the longest HR I ever saw at Shea.
January 6, 2007
I too remember being at these games. Bomback pitching a complete game and Durham's bomb stand out the most. After the games my friends and I stuck around and finally made our way out onto the field. Shocked that no one chased us off we explored both dugouts, my buddy scoring a cracked Bobby Bonds bat from the Cards dugout and I got a broken Jerry Morales bat from the Mets dugout. Leaning against the 410 sign in center field and looking back towards home plate was a cool site. As I recall this was the last day of the home stand and the outfield fence was painted, changing from green to blue, before the Mets returned from their road trip.
August 31, 2011
I was at that DH too. And yes Charlie, the Durham homer was one of the longest homers I ever saw hit at Shea. I also remember a crazy play that must have happened in game 1. The Mets had a runner on 3rd, the Cards pitcher threw a wild pitch but instead of caroming away, it bounced right back to the Card catcher and he tagged the Met runner out.