METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 21, 1990 GAME:
May 13, 2005
This game had an Alfred Hitchcock type of ending. The Mets were ahead, 5-1, with two outs and no one on base in the ninth inning and Frank Viola coasting. It looked like an easy victory.
But then, something strange happened. It began to look like some kind of payback for Game 6 of the 1986 World Series! Frank suddenly gave up a home run, a double, a walk and his chance for a complete game. John Franco was brought in and he added to the suspense! He committed a balk to advance the runners and then allowed a two-run double to Spike Owen, the '86 Red Sox' shortstop. It was a one-run game with the tying run at second.
In disgust, I shut off my TV. This was getting too eerie. It just seemed to have "Revenge of '86" written into it. It wasn't until I heard the highlights on the radio post-game show that I found out they actually won.
The losing pitcher, who would have been knocked off the hook had the Expos tied the game, was also with the '86 Red Sox - Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd.