July 22, 2001
My first Mets game. It was a Friday night, Shea was packed. Wes Parker homered for L.A. while we were still in the parking lot. Later, Wes Covington drilled a pinch HR for them. But Mets smacked Koufax around -- one of only two career losses he suffered to N.Y. I think it may have been Tug McGraw's birthday and I believe he started for the Mets that night.
September 30, 2002
As a Met fan from back in the day this was my favorite Met victory until the 1969 season. If my memory is accurate it was the first time the Mets defeated Sandy Koufax after some 20 odd tries. I believe it was the 2nd earliest Koufax had been knocked out of the box (I believe 1 1/3 innings). That was my first recollection of (Frank) Tug McGraw!
December 19, 2002
I remember the game well. It was billed as a rematch between Koufax and Tug McGraw -- the only Met to have beaten him. Shea was packed. It was the last time Koufax was knocked out of the box in a regular season game. As he walked back to the dugout, he gave a shrug, saying, "I just didn't have it today."
March 16, 2003
The early Mets were an amazingly weak hitting club. Choo Choo Coleman had a career total of 26 RBIs. Opposing pitchers like Gibson, Carlton, Marichal would routinely throw 2-3 hit shutouts at Shea. One time that year my friend Eddie & I took the #7 train to Shea. We arrive for the bottom of the 1st, score: 2-0 Phillies. Final score: 2-0 Phillies. What a miserable ride back on the #7 train.
We rode the #7 that night to see young Tug McGraw face Koufax. Since the Mets were so dismally absent talent, we were drawn to the 'colorful.' Tug McGraw breathed some life into a team that was otherwise abysmal. Eddie & I were thrilled. The bats came alive, the Met pitching was decent. It felt like for once youth and inspiration could overcome strength and power, which was heartening for skrawny 11-year-old like us.
September 14, 2003
I recall my Dad taking my brother, Charlie, and me to this game when I was nine. Though a Mets fan, I was distraught because my hero Sandy Koufax was knocked out early. If I remember right, Don Drysdale, of course a good hitter as well as a terrific pitcher, pinch hit into a double play to end the game.
January 7, 2004
I was at this game too. Sat in the box seats 3rd base side. I love the Dodgers. I figured out the rotation so that we could see Koufax pitch. I was at the other game that Tug won too. I think that was 4-2 and the Dodger 3rd baseman made 2 errors to cost Koufax the win.When I was old enough I moved out west, following the Dodgers. But I will always have great memories of being "grown up" enough for my best friend and I to take the bus from NJ and the subway from the Port Authority to Shea.The Worlds Fair and Sunday double headers.
June 17, 2005
My dad was from Brooklyn and so I became a Dodger fan though we lived in northern Connecticut and the Dodgers had moved just as I was becoming of baseball fan age. I got my dad to take me to this game because Koufax would be pitching -- and he got knocked out of the game in the third inning! Well, of course the poor old Mets had a win coming but in was not a happy night for a 16-year-old who had taken a three-hour road trip down and back home for this game.
April 12, 2013
Ahh, the good old days. Today if a pitcher gets knocked out after 1 1/3 innings, it would take AT LEAST five pitchers to finish the game. When was the last time a Met reliever pitched 7+ innings?
February 12, 2018
I was only 7 years old, but I remember it well. Traffic was awful because of the huge crowd. My Dad and I made it to our seats in the second inning and
got to see the Mets pound Koufax. Only a few years ago did I learn that he was 17-2 lifetime against the Mets and my Dad and I were there for this one!