METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 29, 1988 GAME:
March 28, 2002
It was a Friday night and the Pirates were making noise, challenging the Mets still for first place. Ojeda vs. Smiley, a pretty decent pitching matchup. I attended this game at the last minute with my girlfriend at the time and we got tickets from somebody scalping by Gate C right about at gametime. Really good mezzanine seats at a decent price.
Anyway, a gorgeous night and it was scoreless into the bottom of the eighth. Ojeda was in complete control, but Smiley was sharp too. Then Elster, who didn't hit a lot of homers, hit this towering fly to left. Bonds went back to the fence at the 358 sign in front of the bullpen, leaped, and it was just inches over his outstretched glove for a homer. Mets won 1-0. A sweet game to win.
Jeff In Florida
January 10, 2005
I was at this game and the Mets had been in a slump. I remember the Pirate media was all hyped up and some stupid reporter said, "It's not the Big Apple, it's the big applesauce. We're not afraid of the Mets!" Well, thanks Bobby O for the all heart and guts effort. I had the pleasure to score this game and I still have the program.
December 18, 2007
I was at this game in the left field Mezzanine section. The weather was unbelievably hot that night, even for Shea Stadium.
As the first poster stated, Bonds just barely missed catching Elster's HR by a matter of inches!
Shea was packed that night, had to be a sellout. So when Bonds couldn't make that catch, the place just exploded...probably one of the loudest crowds I ever heard at a Mets game!