METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 18, 2001 GAME:
August 7, 2001
Terrific performance by Bobby Valentine, and one of the reasons he's such a fun manager to have around.
In the fourth inning, a goofy baserunning incident puts Zeile and Ordonez briefly on 3rd base at the same time. A confused third-base ump initially calls out Zeile, then both runners (which would end the inning), before Bobby emerges and, while keeping his team in the dugout, over the next 10 minutes convinces the umps they made a mistake, and they put Zeile back safely at third. This prompts the opposing manager (Tony Perez) to earn himself an ejection and poke his own eyes out when Zeile scores on the next at-bat.
The Mets win in the 11th when Shinjo smokes a double.
August 20, 2004
It took a strange series of events (described by Jon above in August, 2001) to get Florida manager Tony Perez ejected from this game. It is his first ejection in 31 years and over 3,800 games as a player, coach, and manager.