METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 25, 1990 GAME:
October 13, 2003
The world famous Bob Murphy call of "they win the damn thing" was at the end of this game. The Mets took a 10-3 lead into the 9th and watched the lead shrink to 10-9 before Franco got the last out of the game on a line drive to Mario Diaz.
June 9, 2004
This game was unbelievable. The Phillies kept getting hit after hit in the bottom of the 9th inning. They had 5 runs in and the bases were loaded with no one out. Then John Franco came in and got the next batter to ground into a double play. The next hitter was Tommy Herr, who lined out to Mario Diaz to end the game.
February 22, 2007
The Mets had a seven-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth, but just barely held on to win. The Phillies started the inning with seven singles and a walk before an out was made. John Franco had to come in and shut the door.
Bob Murphy's "win the damn thing" quote on radio right after the final out is well-known. But just prior to the Phils' comeback effort, another set of words (since forgotten) was said on television. Fran Healy made a comment that he would walk back to New York if the Mets lost this game. As the ninth inning wore on, it looked as if Fran was going to have a very long, tiring trip home. Thankfully, for Mets' fans and, especially, for Healy, he didn't have to make that 100+ mile journey on foot!
July 8, 2008
How many of us are going to come to this page and post a memory today? Let me be the first (or fifth or tenth).
As soon as Werth hit his flyball last night (July 7th) for the final out, the irony of the opponent, score and near comeback flashed my mind back to 1990 and, I must admit, I uttered the famous quote to myself. I was lucky enough to be in my car listening to Murph at the end of this game. After I parked, the comeback mounted, so I waited until the end to get out, which, thankfully allowed me to hear the famous lines, live and in person.
With all due respect to Mike Vacarro, who I know has posted on this site occasionally (see Jon Matlack's one hitter in 1974), here is the exact quote copied from his column in today's NY Post:
"Here's the pitch on the way. Line drive - caught! The game is over! The Mets win it! A line drive to Mario Diaz and the Mets win the ballgame! They win the damn thing by a score of 10-9!"
[full disclosure: when it flashed through my head last night, I thought Backman was the second baseman, how could I forget the immortal Mario Diaz??]
July 8, 2008
This game was eerily similar to that of 7/7/08, which the Mets also won, 10-9, in Philly.
I watched both games, and I started thinking about this game when the score of the 2008 game was 10-3, and looked up the box score on here when it was 10-5.
Amazing how Mets history can repeat itself!