METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 24, 1999 GAME:
December 19, 2003
This was the game that I thought my son, Joe Grahe, would be on his way to really making it back to the big leagues after shoulder surgery twice and numerous other obstacles. But, lo and behold, this was not the case. Having his shoulder feeling great, the old elbow started really hurting. So as not to have to have the Tommy John surgery, Joe elected to finally retire from baseball. He had fought his way back to the major leagues after having to start with the the lowest of the leagues, Bangor, Maine and the Nashua Pride in New Hampshire.
So this game is really special to me and I thank you for being able to still go into the site and read about it.
September 11, 2005
Well Lynne, your son pitched a damn good game against us that night. I got tickets from my rabid Phillies fan uncle for my birthday, and I made the trip to the Vet to meet him there. This was one of those games where Bobby Valentine tried to get too cute with things, tried to fix things when they weren't broke, so to speak. He yanked Masato Yoshii after the 7th inning, when he was pitching great. In rare poor performances, Wendell and Cook both struggled. Then Mr. Agita (Armando Benitez) blew the game for us. My uncle let me hear it all the way out of the stadium. I was never so pissed after a game. I remember both Cincinnati and Atlanta won that night, and as I was walking back to my car, I thought it'd be another collapse like the year before. Luckily, that wasn't the case and the Mets got that Wild Card in the end!
June 16, 2010
Phillies fan here. Even though I'm the enemy, I do enjoy reading about Phils-Mets memories from the opposing point of view so to speak
I went to this game with my then-girlfriend. I was 19 at the time. I usually like to get to the ballpark at least an hour before the game starts, but on this night we got stuck in a massive traffic jam (Bruce Springsteen was playing across the street at the Spectrum that same night) and didn't arrive until the fourth inning. I thought that was a bit ironic because my girlfriend was always running late, but this time she was early and we end up sitting in traffic three hours for what was normally about a 30-45 minute drive
Anyhow, it was a well-pitched game by both Joe Grahe and Masato Yoshii. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Bobby Abreu hit a game-tying double off Armando Benitez, then Mike Lieberthal hit a bloop single to score Abreu with the decisive run. Grahe got his only win as a Phillie, Scott Aldred worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his only save as a Phillie.
The Phillies went on to sweep that series, one of the rare highlights from the end of what for a while was a promising 1999 season. The Phils had been within striking distance of the Mets and Braves into early August, but then Scott Rolen and Curt Schilling got hurt, Paul Byrd came crashing back to earth after an incredible first half, and that was the end of that. From August 7 on, the Phillies went 16-37. That three-game sweep was the only time during that span the Phils won more than two games in a row.