METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 20, 2005 GAME:
December 22, 2005
A great late summer Saturday night to be at the game. I went with my good buddy from high school. There was hardly any humidity, and the breeze from the Long Island Sound was very refreshing. Couldn't ask for better weather and a better matchup, Pedro vs. Livan.
The Mets jumped all over Livan early, opening up an 8-0 lead. Leave it to the Mets bullpen to blow it. The utterly incompetent duo of Danny Graves and Dae Sung Koo let the runs accumulate after Randolph pulled Pedro in the 6th inning.
Randolph then dispatched Looper to put out the fire. He screwed up too, gave up the last run to make it 8-8 in the bottom 9th. Extra innings after an 8-0 lead!! WOO HOO!!!
Somehow, Gerald Williams got on base and Chris Woodward singled him home to win this game in the 10th!! Unbelievable!!
Kevin from Flushing
March 20, 2007
A classic Pedro game for sure. The Mets couldn't even hold an 8-run lead for him.
This game truly does hold a special place in my heart though, as it was at this game that my girlfriend and I took a big step in our relationship. I had been with my girlfriend for 7 years at that point, and for those 7 years I was slowly weaning baseball and the Mets on her.
Earlier in the season, she put her foot in the door of Met-fandom by referring to the Mets for the first time as "we". This night, she officially graduated.
The Nationals start chipping away at the 8-0 lead in the 7th. My girlfriend turns to me and says, "what, did they decide not to play anymore? They have an 8 run lead so they dont have to play hard?" I told her to calm down, the game wasn't over yet, the Mets can still win. Besides, we still had a 2 run lead.
Fast forward to the end of the 9th. The Nats tie the game off Looper and we go to extra innings. For the first time ever, my girlfriend begins fuming: "F*** THIS TEAM! THEY JUST F***ING GAVE UP! LET'S F***ING LEAVE, RIGHT NOW! I DON'T HAVE TO SIT THERE AND WATCH THEIR S*** ANYMORE! F*** 'EM! F***ING A*******!"
I just smiled, laughed, and gave her a hug n kiss. I told her, "that's it, you are now officially a full-fledged Met fan".
Thank god Chris Woodward came through with the RBI single in the 10th. If he hadn't who knows if I ever would have gotten her back to Shea.