METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 2, 2001 GAME:
May 7, 2001
Last Wednesday I was at Shea to see Appier's best game as a Met. He went 6 2/3 giving up 1 run, 3 hits, 4 BBs and 4 K's. Not dominant, but very good major league performance. Then the bullpen melted down. Turk gave up a bomb to Biggio over the picnic area. He then gave up a bigger bomb to Alou to dead center. Dennis Cook got into the act and gave up a shot to Daryle Ward. Three solo HR's in the 8th to tie the game at 4. Benitez survives a shaky 9th, but gives up back to back solo shots to Lance Berkman and Alou. 6- 4 Astros after FIVE solo HRs in three innings. Mets load the bases with nobody out against Billy Wagner but can only score one run. 6-5 Astros. Wasted performance by Appier. Disgusting.
August 8, 2004
I witnessed this game from the best Shea seats I've ever had. Seven HRs at Shea - how often does that happen?
I viewed this game as close cousin to the Mike Scosia playoff home run against Gooden in 1988, but on a much smaller scale.
I.e., it was a turing point for the worse. The bullpen, esp. Benitez, was terrible. The way the team destructed in the late innings was a real kick in the throat. This one really hurt.
I also recall that jose lima, a cowardly headunter in the tradition of pedro martinez and redneck clemens (I refuse to capitalize their names) hit Jay Payton in the head.
Of course this was yet another time when Bobby Valentine, the most hated man in baseball, sat back and just took it - no retaliation by the Mets at all.
Think of Jay Payton getting beaned by dave whats his name from the Cardinals in the last game of the 2000 playoffs. Nothing happened after that; same with clemens/Piazza. We had the lame attempt by Shawn Estes to scare clemens, but the real opportunity (like to drill Jeter take him out at 2nd base hard) was missed.
So, this game was a microcosm of why the post- 2000 Mets were a real drag. Late-game meltdowns, other teams throwing at our heads, and no response at all. Not just boring, but boring wimps.
Thank God the 2004 Mets are fun to watch, almost as much as the 1999 version. The 2001 - 2003 versions were horrible, and this night against Houston demonstrated why.