METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 13, 1983 GAME:
November 24, 2001
I will never forget this game. I didn't have cable TV back then. I was 13 years old listening on an old crummy radio 1050 WHN New York Mets country. I went to bed at 10 pm because I had school the next day. The Mets were up 9-3 then next day when I snuck out of St. Luke's School on lunch time to buy my onion rings snacks at the corner store I will never forget the back page of the New York Post "Disaster in Philly." I was shocked stunned and in disbelief even at that young age, a sign of things to come.
March 17, 2002
This was an unforgettable game for me as well. I too, was 13 and listening on the radio, except I stayed up until the bitter end.
For some reason my favorite Mets have always been the unsung utility players. Imagine my delirium when Bob Bailor hit a rare home run, followed by Kingman going deep! Of course Neil Allen blew it, giving up a grand slam to Bo Diaz in the ninth.
Eight years later I was an aspiring sportscaster at Syracuse University and the manager of the Syracuse Chiefs (Toronto AAA) was none other than Bob Bailor. I was doing a feature on the team, but at the end couldn't resist asking him about the game. I brought it up by saying something like "I don't know if you remember this game against the Phillies, you and Kingman--" when he blurted out "BO DIAZ!" Guess a lot of folks remember this one.
May 19, 2002
This game will probably be remembered by many New York Mets fans as the worst loss in Mets history. It could easily be compared to the 1978 Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants football game , a.k.a. "THE FUMBLE". But Neil Allen, blowing a 3 run lead in the 9th, set the stage for one of the greatest trades in Mets history. Can you guess?
That's right! Keith Hernandez was acquired a two months later for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. Just think, if Neil Allen never gave up that grand slam to Bo Diaz, who knows! Thanks Neil!
March 25, 2005
I remember this game like it was only yesterday. I was there that day in Philly, sitting in the right field area where the bullpen is. Almost caught Kingman's home run ball; it fell only inches short of my outstreched arms. Bob Bailor hit one right before Kingman's in the same area. Mike Schmidt hammered one way over my head into the lower deck.
I myself take blame for this loss and I'll tell you why: it was about the 7th inning and Neil Allen starts to throw in the Mets bullpen. So I am sitting right over the area where the bullpen is. I start yelling to Neil to throw the ball up. "Hey Neil, throw the ball up!" I kept yelling this at him for like twenty minutes; I wanted him to look up and throw the ball to me. "Hey Neil, throw the ball up! Throw it up!
Then he gets in the game and gives up grand slam to Bo Diaz. A Philly fan runs up to me and says, "Yeah, dude, he threw the ball up as in grand-slam!"
I will never forget this game as long as I live.
October 11, 2017
A footnote in this game is that future Met first base coach and hitting instructor, Bill Robinson walked in a run against Jesse Orosco, before they
brought in Neil Allen to face Diaz.