METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 11, 1988 GAME:
September 11, 2005
Suprised no one else has said anything about this game. I believe this is when Carter hit his 300th homer after a 2 month drought, and Mets scored 5 in top of 9th. McReynolds hits grand slam off of Gossage.
December 22, 2005
I mentioned this game in my comments under the Kevin Mac section.
Kevin hit a grand slam off of Gossage, who had made disparaging comments re Kevin's desire, hunger, etc. Quiet Kevin hit a bomb off him to win the game.
This was a day game at Wrigley. I heard it driving home on I-78 in New Jersey...roasting hot, bumper-to-bumper. KMac hit the granny and I started blowing the horn on my Chevy S-10. People were staring.
November 3, 2008
I was at this day game I think a couple of days before the first night game at Wrigley ever. Living in Chicago that particular summer of '88 .Great fun, quite a few NY Mets fans in Chicago at the game. McReynolds with a Grannie I think in the 8th or 9th off Gossage to win it essentially and Gary Carter with his 300th earlier in the game over the left field wire fence -- Nice Shot!! Gooden started this one. The beer sure was flowing that afternoon.
November 15, 2011
Cubs fan here, but I love baseball. I caught Gary Carter's 300th home run that night. I have been to hundreds of Cubs games and this is the only homer that I caught or even came close to catching.
I was standing against the left field bleacher fence with my brother when the ball came towards me. The ball went over everybody's heads and hit the top of the fence. It then bounced on the ground and I jumped on it. I must've had 10 guys pile on me. I was drenched in beer and I broke my new sunglasses. I finally emerged from the pile and stood on top of the last bleacher seat waving the ball in the air. I kind of taunted the crowd for a little while because I had about 30,000 people chanting "throw it back".
I have never before or since experienced so much attention. Being a die hard Cubs fan, I never thought twice about keeping the ball. I whipped it as hard as I could and made it on to the infield.
I must've shook hundreds of hands that night. I did not pay for a drink the rest of the night after the game.
I met Gary when he came back to Wrigley and he signed a ball and a newspaper clipping.
Since that day I have followed Gary's career and I am so saddened about his brain cancer. I always thought I would be able to meet him again and talk about that night. If any of you Mets fans have any memorabilia from that home run or events leading up to it, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mets have become my second favorite team since that day.