METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 GAME:
November 18, 2003
A game for the ages! First and foremost it was the Grand Finale for Bob Murphy. The pre-game ceremony honoring the Murph got me choked up. Everyone from Mayor Bloomberg, to Tom Terrific, Al Leiter, John Franco, Steve Somers and Jody McDonald (from WFAN) Keith Hernandez and of course Ralph Kiner spoke with their kind words and memories of Bob. And during the game, video greetings were shown from other legendary broadcasters like Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Bob Uecker and John Miller.
The game itself was boring until the top of the 9th when Vance Wilson came out to play catcher. I figured why they were taking out Piazza, esp. when he was scheduled to hit 2nd in the bottom of the 9th, then there was a roar and people pointing to first. Lo and behold, who came in to play first? Yep, Piazza. After almost 2 years of rumors and innuendos, it finally happened. That woke up the dormant audience. And as if it were written out of a Hollywood script, the first batter hits a line shot to first that Piazza snagged. You think the Mets just won the World Series by the way everyone was cheering. The next 2 hitters grounded to the pitcher and 3rd and Piazza made both putouts, so he made all 3 for the inning. The stadium was shaking like the time they won the Nat'l League pennant in 2000. But in typical Mets fashion, Piazza struck out in the bottom of the 9th and the Mets quietly and bitterly lost the home finale. So no final Happy Recap for 2003.
April 28, 2006
I attended this game, got there for batting practice and watched the whole Bob Murphy ceremony and then Tom Glavine's brother Mike got to play 1st base; A nice tip of the hat to the Glavine family even though it was a meaningless game. Unfortunately, Mike got hurt early on and had to leave the game. The only Mets run was a homer by Ty Wiggington (who should still be in Queens but because you can't stop progress, I mean David Wright). This was the debut of Metal Mike at 1B and when he caught that line drive, I went "Good God". Many fans bought radios to the game (more than usual) but Murph only did the 9th inning.