METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 16, 1997 GAME:
February 27, 2002
The inaugural regular-season Mets-Yankees game, in which mediocre Dave Mlicki pitched the game of his life. Sitting in the tier boxes above/behind 3B, I screamed myself hoarse by the fourth inning, and my voice didn't fully recover for 3 days!
August 1, 2002
I was in the upper-deck for this one. Mlicki was ridiculous. Whiffed Jeter to end the game.
Karl de Vries
January 20, 2003
The one time in my life that I could claim superiority over those scumbag Yankee friends of mine...I still have the Bergen Record sports page from the day after, with Bob Klapsisch suggesting that Yankee fans hope for a sweep by the Mets in the interest of watching Steinbrenner explode and rip up the club. Sigh.
January 6, 2006
One of the most thrilling games I ever saw. I still remember my wife and I sitting on the edge of the couch with every pitch Dave threw like he was our kid at little league or something. It was magical and nerve wracking at the same time. It was a microcosm of what being a Met fan is. Something a Yankee fan cannot ever fathom. It was Wile E. Coyote opening the tiny umbrella waiting for the boulder to fall on him, and the exquisite relief of the boulder not falling - for once. A great, great Met moment.
February 11, 2007
My fondest memory is of Yankees fans fleeing their own building (like rats deserting a sinking ship) so that by the 8th inning we Mets fans had the entiore park to ourselves.
Kevin from Flushing
November 25, 2007
I still get goosebumps thinking about the Mets unloading on the Yanks in the top of the first. It was LITERALLY unbelieveable. I kept saying to myself, "this is actually happening?! The Mets are really doing this?!" Just to be playing the Yankees in a game that counted was surreal enough, but to be spraying the balls all over the field from the get-go?! STUNNING.
That first inning layed on me a very specific type of unbridled joy that I had never felt before, and probably never will again. That's why this game holds a very special place in my heart.
And Dave Mlicki, wherever you are, next beer's on me.
September 25, 2009
I remember watching this game like it was yesterday at my friend's house (he was a Yankees fan) in Florida. Went to his house after work and had a bunch of friends there that were either Mets fans or Yankees fans. Wanted to see that historic first Mets-Yankees regular season game. The game was being televised on FX, so we were able to watch it at home. Otherwise we would have gone to a sports bar to watch it. Great way for the Mets to make a regular season inter-league debut in the historic house and Mlicki pitched a shut out. Always will remember this one.
July 7, 2012
Saw it from the right field bleachers with my friend Gordon. Being at the 1st Mets-Yanks game that counted was electric. Late in the game when it was obvious that the Mets were going to win, a Yankee fan sitting behind me said, "This is the worst day of my life." Hearing that made my night. Thanks, Dave Mlicki!