METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 22, 1998 GAME:
June 7, 2003
I was at this game in '98 and have been thinking about it on and off ever since. In this game, Mike Mussina of the Orioles pitched a perfect game, except for back to back home runs in the 2nd inning to Brian McRae and Butch Huskey. A PERFECT GAME! As rare as that feat is in baseball, it was quite a unique pitching performance that I witnessed. However, I don't recall hearing anything about the significance or lack thereof of such a feat. You'd have to think that someone in the back rooms of ESPN would have come up with an obscure stat pertaining to this! To show how rare I think this accomplishment is, can anyone recall a similar situation happening since this game in '98? Surely it would have been news worthy if it had been done, if only for the similar novelty of the event that I have never forgotten.
Oh well, it was a cool game, it wasn't a four hour snorer and, if you've never seen a Maddox, Ryan or Clemens just take over a ball game and spit out hitters, this was the next best thing on this day.
October 21, 2015
I do remember this game as well. I was supposed to be there, but did not go. They talked about it somewhat when it happened and that was it.
I can think of one other similar "almost-perfect" game on the Yankee end. Pedro Martinez perfected the Yankees except for a Chili Davis HR, in 1999 in September. I was at that game, working.