METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 22, 1989 GAME:
May 1, 2005
I attended this game with my mother, as I did many times as a child. This game was horrendous. Yes, the Mets won, and they beat Greg Maddux, who fell to 0-3 with the loss. But the overwhelming memory of this game was the fact that it was 40 degrees out, windy, and simply a miserable day. This was compounded by the fact that Sid Fernandez was working at a snail's pace all afternoon. It didn't matter that the bases were empty. He took no less than a minute between pitches.
To this day, my mother will groan and talk about this game whenever she hears the name Sid Fernandez.
April 12, 2012
I, too, was at this game. And I agree with Mets2Moon... it was FRIGID. After about four innings, my parents had to leave Shea Stadium because of the windy, chilly conditions. I, on the other hand, froze my you-know-what off and stayed. It's a wonder that my parents didn't drive off and leave me to catch the train home! (They wound up listening to the game on the radio in a toasty warm car.)
The highlight of the contest was Hernandez's home run. In the bitter cold and the wind against the hitter, he blasted an opposite-field shot over the wall in left. Keith must have had TNT in those guns of his to hit a ball that hard and long under those circumstances.
Yes, it was cold out. But that win began a hot year for me, as I witnessed 11 wins at Shea Stadium in 13 appearances.