METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE OCTOBER 3, 1990 GAME:
February 4, 2002
Sad game in many ways for me. Frank Viola wins his 20th game in a meaningless game(we had already been eliminated from playoff contention by the Pirates). This was also Darryl Strawberry's last game as a Met and the continuation of his horrific downward spiral. I hate to think of what he could have been.
March 4, 2004
As David M. said in February of 2002, Frank Viola won his 20th in the last game of another disappointing season. Frank pitched seven innings to get the win.
Jerry Reuss started and got a no decision for the Pirates. Doug Bair came in to pitch the last two innings. It was the final major league game for both of these 41-year-old pitchers. Reuss wound up pitching in four decades (1969-1990) and finished his career with 220 wins but never won more than 18 in a season.
Mets LF Chris Jelic homered in the eighth inning off Bair. It turned out to be Jelic's first, last, and only major league hit, and it came in his final major league at bat. He finished his career with just 11 at bats, and all of them came in the final week of the 1990 season. Jelic, who came to the Mets with David Cone prior to the 1987 season, was released in November 1990 and never made it back to the majors.
October 6, 2006
Despite the win, a sad ending to a wonderful era in Mets history. Straw would be gone and the decision to replace his power with Vince Coleman's speed proved to be fatal. A note about the 1990 season, a lot of people tend to forget how good this pitching staff was on paper. Going into spring training, we had Darling and Ojeda fighting for the last spot as a starter, that's how deep the staff was. Too bad the offense couldn't hit left-handed pitching, that proved to be our downfall in 1990.
June 16, 2010
Truly a sad day in Mets history. The best and most exciting era in team history would be over after this game for most part. Sadly this 1990 Mets team is largely forgotten today, as most people remember the 80's versions. But this was a VERY good and underrated Mets team. Their run differential was BY FAR the best in the National League. Unfortunately their utter and complete inability to hit lefties down the stretch is what really killed them.