METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 19, 1997 GAME:
May 1, 2005
I remember attending this game and not having any idea who any of the guys in the Pirates lineup were. Of course, now, players like Tony Womack, Jason Kendall, Jon Lieber, Joe Randa and Jose Guillen have established themselves. But the '97 Pirates were trying to build a team around them and not really succeeding.
The Mets jumped on Lieber early and led 6-3 going into the 9th. Then Franco, as he was apt to do, made us all sick by getting runners on base, getting 2 outs, and then allowing a 3-run HR to Dale Sveum (now the much-beleagured third base coach for the Red Sox) to tie the game. Jeez, it was the PIRATES!
Franco got booed off the mound, but the Mets came back to win the game in the last of the 9th on a Jason Hardtke single. This would be the lone memorable moment with the Mets for Jason Hardtke, who pretty much disappeared back into the annals of time after this game.