METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 11, 1986 GAME:
July 22, 2002
This was Mother's Day and the Mets were already rolling. The Doctor was still the Doctor and we expected an awesome time. Unfortunately, Pete Rose had other ideas. He came up with two outs and bases loaded in the second and hit a liner off of Teufel's glove at second (Wally would have caught it). The ball slowly rolled into the outfield and the speedy Eddie Milner scored all the way from first for a 3-RBI single! The count was 3-2, so Milner had a headstart but it was still quite remarkable. A small blemish on my memory of '86.
December 22, 2005
Yup - the ball hit off Teufel's glove and dribbled into short right field - right where you would place it to be equally far from the 2B man and the rightfielder.
The Mets were 12 - 3 in games I saw in '86, and this was one of the losses...
January 4, 2009
I went to this game. At this point I felt that Doc was the greatest pitcher ever, and that a win was a sure thing. It came as a shock when he gave up THREE runs and took the loss. It seems amazing now that the fans at Shea seemed surprised that he could give up that many runs!
I am not sure if the stats back up my impression, but it seemed that from this game forward Gooden was not the total dominating pitcher he had been. I think that this was the last time I saw Rose play, Thanks, Joe L. for the description of the hit. I remember expecting only two runs to score and then I looked at the scoreboard.
April 29, 2011
I agree Stu! I always felt that a Gooden loss was a fluke. But after this game he went from being the best pitcher on the planet to just a very, very good one. And that drop was colossal. From August of '84 till this game Doc was 37-5 with an ERA of 1.39. I'm not sure we will ever see anything like that again. It was "Must see TV". And even better in person.