METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 8, 1983 GAME:
February 6, 2002
I'll never forget that bitterly cold night. I was 12 years old and my dad wanted to leave early because it was just to cold for him to be out. But we stood long enoughto see Darryl Strawberry got his first basehit, a single up the middle off of Mario Soto. I think that was after Darryl got off to a 0 for 25 start. It was also seat cushion night sponsored by some sangria company...I still have the cushions.
May 26, 2004
A few corrections to an earlier post: I don't know what the weather was like, but it was an afternoon game on Mother's Day, not a night game.
Strawberry's first single was not off Mario Soto; Soto was thje starter two nights earlier in Straw's major league debut. And Darryl was not 0- for-25, he was 0-for 11 with eight strikeouts before his first hit, which came off RHP Ben Hayes.
Scott Holman started this game for the Mets and gave up five runs in the top of the first. But the Mets got two back in the second and then took the lead with a six-run seventh inning. The key hits were a three-run homer by George Foster and a two-run double by Mookie Wilson.
Four Mets relievers held the Reds to three hits over the last 8.2 innings.
September 8, 2004
I remember this as the first Mets' game to which I drove after getting my license. The Mets beat the Reds, 10-5. After Scott Holman got knocked out in the first inning, the bullpen shut down Cincinnati. The comeback was highlighted by Foster's 3-run homer that put them ahead to stay. He made a "curtain call" after returning to the dugout.
One of the relievers that did so well this day was Neil Allen. A few weeks earlier, Allen had stated publicly that he had a drinking problem. I recall a loudmouth fan sitting behind me in the field level seats along the left field line constantly screaming "Put in the alcoholic!" After Neil pitched four shutout innings, that guy, thankfully, disappeared!
Foster's homer, Darryl Strawberry's first major league hit and Neil Allen's silencing that guy behind me made it a great day after it started out poorly.