METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 31, 2002 GAME:DJ Johnny M.
September 1, 2004
We were standing in a long line in the hot afternoon sun waiting to get into Shea when a fan with a radio stated that he just heard that Jay Payton was traded to the Rockies. Quite a few fans standing on line were happy with the trade, commenting rather harshly on his recent blunders in the field and on the bases. I was kinda sad. I hoped that the Mets would cheer me up and win big. Boy, did I get more than I bargained for! On this one night the forlorn 2002 NY Mets looked like a team bound for the post-season. Estes pitched one of his finest games as a Met, solid thru 7 innings giving up 3 walks but only 2 hits. Jeromy Burnitz was patient at the plate and had 2 or 3 excellent at- bats, homering to deep center once. Rey had two doubles and was flawless in the field Even Roger Cedeno had a couple hits and didn't make any errors! I remember leaving the stadium elated in the belief that the Mets had really turned things around. How mistaken I was! The Mets were about to embark on one of their worst losing streaks of their history, losing 15 out of their next 18 games. When I look back on the humiliating 2002 season, I'm glad I was at Shea for one of the few happy moments. I believe that this was Estes's last game as a Met.
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