METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 22, 2006 GAME:
August 23, 2006
Due to not living in the NY area I'm forced to listen to the games on MLB GameDay audio, but for this game I sat there without moving and after it was over I listened to the whole thing again. Great game in terms of excitement, Mets down a couple of runs early vs the St Louis Pujols', I mean Cardinals. Delgado with 2hrs including a granny for his 400th career homer and then a walkoff by Beltran vs Izzy. Good times. Hopefully sends a message as this is a possible postseason matchup.
August 24, 2006
Unbelievable! Mets down 6 to mighty Albert, but the Mighty Carlos brothers had someting to say about that! I jumped up out of bed when Beltran creamed an Isringhausen pitch! Awesome!
August 26, 2006
One the most exciting games I've seen so far this season. After Pujols singlehandedly carries to Cards to 7 runs via a 3 run homer and a GS, Delgado answers back with a GS of his own for career homer #400. Then in the 9th, Carlos Beltran hits a two-run walkoff homer so hard that Gary Cohen and Howie Rose's voices (in addition to those in the crowd) respectively break.
The Comeback Mets do it again!
August 24, 2006
We buried my grandmother on this day. My father, sister, and I watched the game that night, thinking of her (since she was a Mets fan). I wanted to believe that she wouldn't let them lose, and I want to believe that somehow she played a hand in this win. Kinda funny, cause even after going down 7-1, I somehow had faith that they would come back.
Come on Mets, win it for my Farmor.
August 26, 2006
I was at this game with a friend of mine (as per usual). We sat through a few neat innings from Maine, and waited for Jeff Weaver to predictably implode. Delgado hit a laser beam under the championship banners in the RF Corner to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals got to Maine in the 4th, with a single from Miles and a double from Duncan, before Pujols launched a Pujols-esque HR off the base of the scoreboard to turn the game around.
In the 5th, Maine again struggled. He was helped his defense, as Chavez and Reyes teamed up to throw out Belliard at home on a double by Molina. But Maine then walked Miles and Duncan with 2 outs. Pujols was up again.
"No way he does it again," my friend says.
Next pitch, BANG! Grand Slam. 7-1 Pujols. 7-1 Cardinals. Meltdown.
But the Mets pecked and clawed back in the last of the 5th, loading the bases for Delgado with 1 out. Delgado would work a 3-1 count before blasting a Grand Slam of his own, the 400th HR of his career, bringing the Mets to within 7-5.
The Mets would creep closer in the 6th, with Reyes getting robbed of a sure single by Belliard, but still managing to plate Chavez to make it 7-6.
In the 7th, the Cardinals again threatened. Miles and Duncan walked against Feliciano, and Pujols came up with 1 out against Bradford.
My friend was incredulous. "How the hell can they possibly pitch to him?!" he said. Sure enough, Bradford got Pujols to slap a grounder right at Reyes, who turned an easy DP.
So, to the last of the 9th. Isringhausen on for the Cardinals. Reyes grounded out to lead off. LoDuca slapped a single to center, his 3rd hit of the night. And everyone was up for Beltran. And damned if Beltran doesn't take the first pitch and smoke it off into the night for the game winner, sending the entire crowd into a frenzy and taking a flying leap onto Home Plate to cap it all off.
September 1, 2006
Without doubt one of the top 5 regular season games I've been to in my lifetime. It had it all. Five homers (including two grand slams), some spectacular fielding, a momentum shifting play at the plate, clutch relief pitching by the Mets, and Slick Willie dozing off in the middle of the Met's rally. As we were leaving the stadium I noticed a father and his young son of 4 or 5 years of age. The boy was sporting a Beltran T-shirt and a grin bigger than Jose Reyes'. Guaranteed that kid will be a Carlos Beltran fan for life. MVP!
September 1, 2006
Best game of the year, and I was there. John Maine pitched well through the first three innings and Delgado hit a solo shot but Pujols hit a three run bomb to right center and then a grand slam to left center. With the Mets down 7- 1, it was turning into a blowout. But then Delgado hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to match Pujols and turn it into a 7-5 game. The Mets got within one and, in the ninth, Beltran stepped up against Izzy with a runner on and belted one into right to end the game!
February 1, 2013
I remember I was coming home from the Brooklyn Cyclones game, my Dad put on WFAN. All of a sudden LoDuca homered I thought ok we're still down by 1 though and then I heard the call from Howie Rose and I almost jumped out of the car.