METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 17, 1988 GAME:
May 23, 2005
This was the second Mets game I attended. A sun-soaked Sunday afternoon, Calendar Day, the Cardinals in town and a raucous, sellout crowd on hand.
Ron Darling started for the Mets in this game, and for the most part, it was a neat pitchers duel between him and Jose DeLeon.
Terry Pendleton (he always seems to do it to us) and Jim Lindeman hit back to back HRs in the 4th inning, though, and the Mets still trailed 2-0 into the 8th.
But DeLeon tired in the 8th, and the Mets broke through. Backman walked and Hernandez singled him over to 3rd. Strawberry drove home Backman with a single. Worrell came in and gave up the tying hit to McReynolds and the game was even.
For some reason, Herzog then pinch-hit for Worrell in the 9th, and ran Steve Peters out for the bottom of the inning. He gave up a single to Mookie and threw away a pickoff to get Mookie to second.
With 2 outs, Kevin Elster, who had not yet established himself as a starter, lined a single to left to score Mookie and get himself his first GW hit (and GWRBI, in the era that it was an official stat). I remember the team mobbing him at first base afterwards.
Fine afternoon and a nice, tight comeback win as the Mets continued their hot start in 88.