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METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF GAMES FROM THE 1990 SEASON
April 9, 1990 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 12, Mets 3
Ryan
April 30, 2002
This was the first Met game I ever watched, being a young 6 year old, I don't think I was too upset at the outcome, but I remember Keith Miller stumbling all over himself in centerfield, and Bobby Bonilla hitting an absolute bomb into the parking lot in rightfield off of Jeff Innis I believe, but it set a tone for the whole season and the tight games between the Bucs and Mets all season.

Shickhaus Franks
April 2, 2007

I wish I was at this game but I had to listen on the radio at work on the sly because I had a foreman at the time who was a real you-know-what and a type of a guy who was a real YES, SIR that would kiss the higher-ups behind 24/7. If I had been caught with the radio, I woulda been automatically suspended since he didn't give a darn about baseball. Luckily I got to catch the last few innings once I got home. BUMMER!!!! In reality, I shoulda called in sick!!!!

Michael
April 27, 2008

An EXTREMELY rare opening day loss for the Mets during a period when it seemed we won on opening day every single year. As a matter of fact, after 1969, our record on day one has been unbelievable.

sportsfan8690
August 17, 2009

Was at this game sitting in Field Level box in right field. Was not the opening day a fan would remember when the Mets lose 12-3. It was the first time in Gooden's career he lost on opening day and the first time ever he was under .500 at any point during a season. Most of the time I try to stay the whole game no matter what the score is. I was not able to stay for the whole game on this day as Passover was starting later in the day and had to get home to prepare for the sedar with the family.

April 15, 1990 Olympic Stadium
Montreal Expos 3, Mets 1
Shickhaus Franks
October 18, 2008
A historical game in some way: THE FIRST ESPN SUNDAY NIGHT GAME EVER PLAYED!

April 21, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Montreal Expos 4
Hank M
May 13, 2005
This game had an Alfred Hitchcock type of ending. The Mets were ahead, 5-1, with two outs and no one on base in the ninth inning and Frank Viola coasting. It looked like an easy victory.

But then, something strange happened. It began to look like some kind of payback for Game 6 of the 1986 World Series! Frank suddenly gave up a home run, a double, a walk and his chance for a complete game. John Franco was brought in and he added to the suspense! He committed a balk to advance the runners and then allowed a two-run double to Spike Owen, the '86 Red Sox' shortstop. It was a one-run game with the tying run at second.

In disgust, I shut off my TV. This was getting too eerie. It just seemed to have "Revenge of '86" written into it. It wasn't until I heard the highlights on the radio post-game show that I found out they actually won.

The losing pitcher, who would have been knocked off the hook had the Expos tied the game, was also with the '86 Red Sox - Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd.

April 24, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
Dan
August 3, 2000
Mike Marshall drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th with a single up the middle. It was the only positive thing he did during his six months in New York.

Bob P
July 2, 2004

Further to an earlier post on this game, Mike Marshall did indeed drive in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, but it came on an infield out. With the bases loaded and one out, Marshall grounded one up the middle that was snagged by Braves SS Jeff Blauser, who threw to 2B Jeff Treadway for the force play, but there was no time to double Marshall at first, and Mark Carreon scored the winning run.

April 30, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 7, Mets 4
Michael
October 6, 2006
I dont remember the specifics. But I know this was the game where Cone got into an arguement with the 1st base umpire and let 2 runs score because he wouldnt stop arguing.

May 1, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 2
Bob P
May 19, 2005
Braves LHP Derek Lilliquist picked up his first win of the season in this game and also became the first pitcher in five seasons to hit two home runs in one game.

Both of Lilliquist's homers came off Ron Darling. He homered leading off the third and the fifth innings.

Darren Reed made his ML debut in this game and struck out as a pinch-hitter.

May 6, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Houston Astros 4
sportsfan8690
September 21, 2009
This game was one I did not have a chance to see live on TV. My family was flying back to New York from my sister's college graduation in Michigan. We were flying into La Guardia, so I got to see some of the game as the plane was circling the area for landing. It was a great view from the plane to see Shea Stadium while a game was being played.

While the plane was circling the stadium area for landing I remember the pilot announcing the Knicks winning the 5th game against the Celtics in Boston after they were down 2-0 in the series to win it. It was the first time Patrick Ewing beat the Celtics in a game in Boston Garden since his career started. The crowd on the plane cheered real loud.

May 12, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Bob P
May 13, 2006
Frank Viola wins for the seventh time in seven starts at the beginning of the 1990 season. No other Mets pitcher as of today has ever won his first seven starts of the year.

Only one member of the Dodger starting lineup had a hit: Mike Sharperson, who had three of the four Dodger hits that Frank allowed. Pinch-hitter John Shelby had the other Dodger hit.

Shickhaus Franks
August 9, 2010

Here's what happened hours after this game: Mets manager Davey Johnson and Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda went to Radio City Music Hall to appear in the HBO's "Comic Relief" show and both managers tossed soft baseballs to Billy Crystal who proceeded to hit them into the audience and the higher he got into the upper deck of RCMH, the more money they would raise for the homeless. A wonderful gesture and priceless moment in Mets history in my opinion!

May 18, 1990 Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego Padres 6, Mets 3
HH
April 29, 2005
The debut of Todd Hundley. One day he's catching AA, the next he's catching Frank Viola! Quite possibly the Mets' best catcher (all-around) and definitely one of the few bright spots during the dark years of the 1990's. Great defensive catcher with an outstanding arm and flashes of power hitting.

May 26, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, San Diego Padres 0
Tony Del
October 29, 2010
I got my first foul ball at this game. It was hit by Joe Carter.

Mr. Roboto
February 15, 2011

Hey, Tony! Did Carter hit that foul ball to you in the fourth inning? If he did, then you got your souvenir while Sid Fernandez was recording his 1000th strikeout. El Sid fanned Carter in the top of the fourth for his 37th strikeout of the season, which brought him to the 1,000 mark for his career.

Jughead
November 4, 2011

Mr. Roboto, you are a little off about Fernandez. The strikeout of Carter in the 4th inning was actually his 1,000th as a Mets pitcher only. Sid had nine K's with the Dodgers before coming to New York and reached the 1,000 career mark in San Diego six days earlier. Ironically, it was Carter that he struck out for that milestone, too.

Mr. Roboto
November 11, 2011

Jughead, thanks for your clarification of my earlier entry. I did a little checking and found that you are correct about Fernandez. His 1,000th strikeouts with the Mets and as a major leaguer were both against Carter. I had forgotten that Sid began his career in Los Angeles. Good research.

There is another interesting fact about this game. It was the last win for Davey Johnson as Mets manager.

May 27, 1990 Shea Stadium
San Diego Padres 8, Mets 4
Mets2Moon
September 27, 2001
Davey Johnson's pitiful finale as manager. I'm present in the UD as Gooden popped a HR in the seventh to knot the game 2-2, then watch as the Padres dink and dunk their way to 6 in the top of the 8th, highlighted by a PH triple with the bases loaded by Terry Kennedy, who made Olerud look fast. To add insult to injury, Kevin Elster is drilled mid back by Padre reliever Greg Harris, touching off a mild brawl. Mets got two back in their 8th, but no closer. A sad end to the Johnson era indeed.

May 29, 1990 Riverfront Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 2, Mets 1
Bob P
March 1, 2004
This was Bud Harrelson's first game as Mets Manager. Davey Johnson was fired after a 20-22 start.

The Mets lost this game but then won 26 of their next 33 under Buddy. They were in first place as late as Labor Day weekend before fading down the stretch.

June 3, 1990 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 3
Ed K
January 14, 2011
Dave Liddell gets a hit and scores a run in his only major-league at-bat in his only major- league game!

June 9, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Ed K
March 5, 2007
Wally Backman's tenth and last major league homer was hit at Shea AGAINST the Mets in this game - a solo shot off winning pitcher David Cone.

June 10, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
sportsfan8690
December 23, 2009
This game to me was a real key game for the Mets to stay with the Pirates in the NL East race in 1990. We won this game to take 3 of 4 from the Pirates and played real well until the end of the season and stayed in the race to the final weekend. If we lost 3 or more in this series, the season would have been over for the Mets as they would have been 10+ games back and no wild card to be won in 1990. I was at this game sitting in Field Box right at home plate.

June 11, 1990 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 5
sportsfan8690
November 18, 2009
I did not get to see this game as it was a busy day for me and the family. This day was my high school graduation. My family and all my friends did a dinner and a party at the house to celebrate the graduation. I saw the highlights of the game later that night.

I do remember quite a few people at the party were Mets fans and we were talking about how the team was playing better under Bud Harrelson and showing more life and emotion than they were in the beginning of the season under Davey Johnson.

June 12, 1990 Wrigley Field
Mets 19, Chicago Cubs 8
Michael Wilson
February 10, 2001
This was the game where Dave Magadan had a bid day and took over the starting 1B job from Mike Marshall. Greg Maddux started for the Cubs and the next edition of Sports Illustrated had a Gatorade ad with Maddux sitting in the Cubs dugout drinking Gatorade and the caption read "If only the Mets went down so easy." I still have the ad.

Ed K
September 15, 2004

One of the many Met games over the years that were slugfests in Wrigley including some the Mets won and some they lost. This one is not remembered as much as the 19-1 game in 1964 or the 23-10 game in 1987 but it certainly had its moments. The Mets scored in seven of the nine innings, something I believe they have only done one or two other times (e.g. the 23-10 game).

Steve
October 1, 2006

I remember working as an intern at CNBC in Fort Lee New Jersey when this game was played. They had a set of televisions above the studio where I was a stage manager/camera operator, and I can recall that every time I looked up to track the Mets' progress it seemed Dave Magadan was on base. And I looked up so often it really got the director ticked off so he pulled me from the floor. I do not work in TV today.

June 23, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Bryan Hoch
July 16, 2001
The one that started it all for me. I was eight years old, and my dad finagled two box seats by the first base dugout for this gem, a three-hit shutout by Dwight Gooden over Pat Combs. I was too young to appreciate Gooden's overwhelming power pitching, and actually at one point was whining, "Why won't the Phillies score runs?" Or so I'm told.

Darryl Strawberry hit a monstrous home run to right field that I never actually saw leave the yard, my vision blocked by all those standing adults.

Lenny Dykstra played in this one for the Phillies and received a warm ovation from the Shea crowd. Except from me, who didn't understand why Dykstra's '89 Topps card showed him with the Mets, and now he wasn't. I booed the "traitor", only to be quietly informed of the Juan Samuel trade and the way baseball worked.

Everyone's gotta start somewhere.

Mark Scarola
October 14, 2006

I remember this one well. In his second at-bat, Von Hayes was way late on a Gooden fastball and struck a screaming liner into the loge off the third baseline. I caught it. The first and only foul ball I've ever caught (or even had the chance to catch). That Gooden went on to pitch the complete game shutout just made it that much more special.

June 24, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
alleydally
October 12, 2006
Remember this one well...sitting in upper deck near foul pole in right (very high seats) on a hot, sunny day.

Two outs, bases loaded and Tim Teufel whacks two- strike pitch to right-center for game-winning two-run single off Roger McDowell.

I also remember Bobby O didn't have it that day, getting pulled in the fifth.

Jefferies played well that day, with two-run homer and RBI in ninth.

Michael
October 6, 2006

I think this was a Sunday afternoon game if i'm not mistaken. The Mets were the hottest team in baseball and Timmy Teuful won it off our old friend McDowell with a 2 run single. Probably the most exciting win of the 1990 season.

David Kalan
September 28, 2012

After some lengthy research this morning, mostly involving a picture of the Shea Stadium scoreboard with my name on it, I determined that this game was actually the first one I ever attended.

I barely remember it; I was approaching my fifth birthday, but it sounds like I wound up at a great one.

June 26, 1990 Busch Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Michael
February 17, 2010
The FIRST time the Mets ever threw out Vince Coleman trying to steal happened in this game. Mackey Sasser got him.

July 1, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Cincinnati Reds 2
Michael
August 31, 2011
Popped this one in the player today. A fun game to watch. What started out as a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Shea turned into a long rain delay. At this point in the season the Mets were playing simply incredible and were almost unbeatable. The future world champion Reds helped and committed 3 errors, including a throwing error in the 9th to allow the winning run to score.

July 3, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Houston Astros 0
flushing flash
August 22, 2000
I was at this game. Xavier Hernandez came on in relief for Houston and Strawberry hit a bomb off the right field scoreboard. Two batters later Daryl Boston hit a bomb off the scoreboard that went even farther than Strawberry's. I think that was the longest home run I've ever seen hit at Shea.

July 5, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 8
Stephen Costanza
May 22, 2004
The big blow in this game was Darryl Strawberry's 3-run homer in the top of the 7th, which put the Mets ahead 8-7. John Franco gave up a homer to Ron Gant in the bottom of the 9th to make it 9- 8. This was a really exciting win.

July 8, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
Michael
May 13, 2008
The all-star break could not have come at a worse time after this game. With this win...I believe the Mets completed a stretch of 27-5 baseball, quite possibly the best any Mets team has played for a period of about a month in team history.

July 20, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 1
Ed K
February 23, 2011
El Sid stikes out seven in a row to claim the Met record by a lefty, and second to Tom Seaver's ten-in-a-row for all Met pitchers.

July 22, 1990 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Bob P
July 4, 2004
The Braves scored three runs in this game, one on a passed ball, one on a wild pitch, and one on a sac fly.

The 3-2 victory gave Atlanta one win in this four game series at Shea, and the Braves dropped their fourth series in a row. The next time the Atlanta Braves lost four straight series was in May of 2004!!

July 23, 1990 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 4
Ed K
July 17, 2007
Dickie Thon's only career grand slam wiped out a Met lead and did the Mets in on this occasion.

July 25, 1990 Veterans Stadium
Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 9
murphy
October 13, 2003
The world famous Bob Murphy call of "they win the damn thing" was at the end of this game. The Mets took a 10-3 lead into the 9th and watched the lead shrink to 10-9 before Franco got the last out of the game on a line drive to Mario Diaz.

Stephen Costanza
June 9, 2004

This game was unbelievable. The Phillies kept getting hit after hit in the bottom of the 9th inning. They had 5 runs in and the bases were loaded with no one out. Then John Franco came in and got the next batter to ground into a double play. The next hitter was Tommy Herr, who lined out to Mario Diaz to end the game.

Hank M
February 22, 2007

The Mets had a seven-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth, but just barely held on to win. The Phillies started the inning with seven singles and a walk before an out was made. John Franco had to come in and shut the door.

Bob Murphy's "win the damn thing" quote on radio right after the final out is well-known. But just prior to the Phils' comeback effort, another set of words (since forgotten) was said on television. Fran Healy made a comment that he would walk back to New York if the Mets lost this game. As the ninth inning wore on, it looked as if Fran was going to have a very long, tiring trip home. Thankfully, for Mets' fans and, especially, for Healy, he didn't have to make that 100+ mile journey on foot!

Witz
July 8, 2008

How many of us are going to come to this page and post a memory today? Let me be the first (or fifth or tenth).

As soon as Werth hit his flyball last night (July 7th) for the final out, the irony of the opponent, score and near comeback flashed my mind back to 1990 and, I must admit, I uttered the famous quote to myself. I was lucky enough to be in my car listening to Murph at the end of this game. After I parked, the comeback mounted, so I waited until the end to get out, which, thankfully allowed me to hear the famous lines, live and in person.

With all due respect to Mike Vacarro, who I know has posted on this site occasionally (see Jon Matlack's one hitter in 1974), here is the exact quote copied from his column in today's NY Post:

"Here's the pitch on the way. Line drive - caught! The game is over! The Mets win it! A line drive to Mario Diaz and the Mets win the ballgame! They win the damn thing by a score of 10-9!"

[full disclosure: when it flashed through my head last night, I thought Backman was the second baseman, how could I forget the immortal Mario Diaz??]

Stu Baron
July 8, 2008

This game was eerily similar to that of 7/7/08, which the Mets also won, 10-9, in Philly.

I watched both games, and I started thinking about this game when the score of the 2008 game was 10-3, and looked up the box score on here when it was 10-5.

Amazing how Mets history can repeat itself!

July 27, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 1
NJ
August 27, 2005
This was the first game I ever went to as a kid. I was seven years old and went with my family. I was a Mets fan back then and had a blast. Then two years later I found out about the Astros and became an Astros fan. I think I made the right choice. In fact, I know I did.

August 4, 1990 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 5
Educated Fan
November 5, 2006
Here was the turning point of the 1990 season. The Mets had been red hot the past couple of months, going 40-15. Also, they had two 9th- inning comebacks on the road this past week.

The turning point came in the sixth inning. The Cardinals have 1st and 3rd, one out, and Todd Zeile at the plate. The Mets are hoping for a double play, and Todd Zeile chops one right back to Gooden. But Gooden chooses instead to throw to 3rd and try to catch Willie McGee off base. He got back safely. Now the bases are loaded with one out, and the next batter Terry Pendleton promptly clears the bases with a 3-run double. Even the Mets radio announcers did not understand why Gooden did that.

From this game on, the Mets would be a mediocre 30-30 and would miss the playoffs once again.

Terry Pendleton was a huge nemesis to the Mets on several occasions.

August 9, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Mets2Moon
April 16, 2001
Gotta be the wackiest game I've ever been to. During an era where there was a lot of bad blood between the Mets and Phils, things seemed to reach a head tonight. Gooden started, and was pretty wild. He had hit 2 or 3 Phils and was trailing 3-1 when he stepped to the plate leading off the 5th vs Pat Combs. And Combs plunks Doc in the leg with his first pitch. And Doc goes after him, and pops him one in the face before Darren Daulton caught him from behind, and rained some punches on the back of his head. And chaos ensued. Then-Phillie Dennis Cook got body slammed by Umpire Country Joe West. Mackey Sasser landed someone on the ground--don't know who--but Mackey was beating him mercilessly. And just when it looked like order might be restored, Darryl decides to take on John Kruk, and all hell broke loose again. All told, this was about 15 minutes of solid beatings, and 7 ejections--Gooden, Strawberry, Teufel, Combs, Daulton, Cook and if memory serves, the Philly bullpen coach got tossed. Left shorthanded, the Mets then came back in the 6th. HoJo hit a 2-run HR, and then Kelvin Torve, in his lone appearance wearing #24, belted a 2-run double off the wall for a 5-3 lead. The Phils were relentless this game, though, and cut the lead to 5-4 before Franco closed it out. Philly, I believe, had 16 hits this game to the Mets 7--Dykstra alone had 5 hits. But all for naught as the Mets won an unforgettable affair.

idan solon
June 13, 2003

My grandfather and I were sitting next to this kid and his father. The kid had binoculars. The Mets were trailing 3-1. The kid said, "The Mets need a home run and a miracle." Then Gooden got hit with a pitch and charged the mound. The place went bedlam. The kid was going crazy looking into the binoculars, giving the play-by-play. "Strawberry got punched in the face!" The noise was insane.

I wondered what my grandfather must've thought. He was buying hotdogs for us when it happened. When he came out, he said he thought someone had hit a grand slam. There was a special kind of noise in Shea Stadium in those Strawberry, Gooden, Hernandez, Carter years.

Putbeds 62
January 6, 2006

I went to an off-Broadway called "Quiet On The Set" with my brother and mom; I had 2 disappointments that night: 1) Cady McClain, who I had a huge crush on,she played Dixie on All My Children, was SICK and didn't appear in the play. 2) I wish that I had brought my radio because that was the night of the brawl. After the play ends, my sister and her then-hubby pick us up in front of the theatre and he's telling me about the brawl. He drives me and my mom home and I rush into the house to put on the Ch. 7 news and the brawl was the top story of the night instead of Saddam Hussein, who had just invaded Kuwait. Outside of the '73 NLCS & '86 brawls; this one was the most violent brawl ever. Still remember Country Joe West slamming then-Phillie Dennis Cook to the ground on the highlights.

August 26, 1990 Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Mets 1
Educated Fan
October 21, 2007
This game showed that the Mets were back to their old mental errors. In the bottom of the 3rd, when Mike Sharperson stole second, Todd Hundley failed to look Jose Gonzalez back to third base when he threw to second, and he stole home.

In the 7th, with the bases loaded, Kevin McReynolds hits a blooper that is just fair in right field. It looks like 2 runs will score easily. But Gregg Jeffries was tagging from second, and can only get to third. He should have at least played halfway with 1 out. The Mets cannot score again that inning, or for the rest of the game.

They lose 3 out of 4, their worst series in LA since 1981.

August 28, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, San Diego Padres 0
Max Clauss
August 5, 2005
David Cone, approximately 43 minutes into the game, drew a walk at the plate after an amazing 15 pitches. During this at bat, Cone hit 9 foul balls. The announcers, Jerry Coleman and Rick Monday, remarked how they had never seen anything like it.

August 30, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, San Francisco Giants 2
Howard
March 28, 2004
Wonderful afternoon game at Shea - a gorgeous afternoon with near-perfect weather, rookie sensation 21 y/o Todd Hundley was catching and hit a double, Gary Carter was playing one of his first games AGAINST the Mets in years, and Darryl Strawberry hit a monstrous grand slam deep into the right field mezzanine. All this, and the fun of watching the beer guy tripping four aisles up from my family, sending his entire freshly-filled tray of beer flying - then cascading - down the aisles. . .

A childhood memory not to be easily forgotten.

Michael
October 6, 2006

Everything you said about this game is correct Howard, except this game was a night game, not an afternoon one. I only know because I happen to have the game on tape and was recently watching it.

August 31, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, San Francisco Giants 3
Mets2Moon
September 27, 2001
One of the best games I've attended. Mets trailed 3-1 in the last of the 9th, with 2 out and 0 on vs Giants closer Bedrosian when Jefferies singled. Magadan followed with a double to score Jefferies. Bedrosian intentionally walked Strawberry, a move which would later be the subject of controversy, as it was the winning run. McReynolds banged a single up the middle, scoring Magadan to tie the game, and sending Straw to 3d. The miracle comeback is capped off when Ho-Jo lofted a fly ball down the right field line which dropped in, barely fair and barely out of RF Mike Kingery's reach, Straw scores, and pandemonium erupts at Shea!

The Mook
December 19, 2003

Sadly, in retrospect a day of false starts so typical of the late 80's Mets. I remember the game started out with the aquisition of Charlie O'Brien and Tommy Herr; real ballplayers. Then there was the 2 out no-one out 3 run rally reprise of 86, which ended as HoJo's flair fell just out of Mike Kingery's reach. The place was estatic. To cap matters off , I'm listening to Howie Rose's old post game show when Houston comes back from two down with two out in the ninth to beat the Pirates! These had to be signs from the baseball gods that the World Series was in the future! Sadly, Zane Smith, Doug Drabek et al argued to the contrary. I wonder if the gods of baseball Karma were somehow extracting payback for Game 6? Fifty years hence, will we speak of "The Curse of Buckner?"

September 1, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, San Francisco Giants 5
Steven G
August 27, 2005
This was Tommy Herr's and Charlie O'Brien's first game as Mets, and I remember how I couldn't believe the hated Cardinal, Tommy Herr, from the 1980s was a member of the New York Mets.

I was at this game and, lo and behold, Tommy Herr hit a home run, but I still never liked him, and it was one of very few highlights that he provided Mets fans.

The first glimpse of O'Brien that game refreshed my memory of how a real defensive catcher is supposed to play, as opposed to the hitting catcher I was used to, Mackey Sasser. I won't even go into Sasser's throws (or attempts) back to the pitcher.

September 2, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, San Francisco Giants 6
Anthony
February 14, 2005
I was 8 years old when I went to this game. It was Kid Cuisine binder day. I think I remember the Kid Cuisine mascots were there too; BJ & The Chef or something. I still have the binder somewhere in my basement.

September 5, 1990 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 1, Mets 0
Bob P
May 8, 2003
The Mets came into this doubleheader with a 77-56 record, just half a game behind the first place Pirates. Long-time nemesis Zane Smith pitched game one for Pittsburgh. Keith Miller led off the game with a single, then Smith retired the next eight batters before walking Miller with two outs in the third. From that point forward, Smith retired the final 19 Mets to come to the plate. The Pirates scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a bases loaded single by Barry Bonds (after Bobby Bonilla was intentionally walked with one out and runners at second and third). Frank Viola pitched well for 8 innings, but it went down the drain.

Zane Smith gave up a single to the leadoff batter in the game, then got 27 outs without giving up another hit!! That has only happened three other times since September, 1990. Thanks to Jayson Stark of espn.com and retrosheet.org for that info.

The Mets lost the second game of the doubleheader and lost again the next night to the Pirates. They wound up scoring just two runs and collecting just 11 hits in the three games, and the first collapse of the Buddy Harrelson era was underway.

September 11, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 8
Putbeds 62
December 28, 2005
I remember watching this game on Channel 9 and as Strawberry came up to bat in the 9th with the score tied 8-8 and I told my mom that he's ending it with a home run. On the next pitch, he took Lee Smith downtown. Good Night. The next day I went to my friend's beauty salon and I bragged that I called Strawberry's home run; her husband said to me that he called it as well. Talk about kharma!!!

September 12, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Max Clauss
December 11, 2005
This game marked David Cone's 5th complete game of the year.

Michael
June 29, 2011

Looking back this is a sad game in many ways. It was truly the last "big" game that those "80's" Mets would play in front of their home crowd and win. Cone was fantastic and went the distance as the Mets tried to keep pace with the Pirates, but it wasn't enough, as Pittsburgh would play fantastic the next few weeks and the Mets would play only average.

September 15, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Harry
October 13, 2008
This was my first-ever MLB game I attended. To my not-so-much joy, my favorite player, Kevin McReynolds, was ejected after arguing balls and strikes. But we won.

September 18, 1990 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 4, Mets 3
jl
May 7, 2009
The Mets season ended this night! If they won it they would have been tied for first, but Johnny Franco blew it!

September 20, 1990 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 2, Mets 0
Educated Fan
March 31, 2007
I was at this dreadful double-header. In this game, it felt like the Mets were down 12-0, even though it was only 2-0. Chris Nabholz dominated with a 1-hitter.

The Mets could do nothing against left-handers at this point, and that is why they didn't win the division this year.

Ed K
January 23, 2013

Not realized at the time, but this was the last home game for Strawberry as a Met. He missed the remaining home games.

September 26, 1990 Olympic Stadium
Mets 4, Montreal Expos 0
Jim McDonnell
April 28, 2006
I just found a reference to this game in my old second grade journal, which I largely used to chronicle how the Mets had done the night before. At the age of 7, I wrote that David Cone (13-10) had gotten the win, and Dennis "Marteenis" (10-11) had taken the loss. A good memory from my first full season following the team.

September 27, 1990 Olympic Stadium
Mets 6, Montreal Expos 0
Michael
February 6, 2011
As it turned out, this game would be Straw's last appearance as a Met, as he did not play in any of the 6 remaining games against the Cubs or Pirates.

October 3, 1990 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
David M.
February 4, 2002
Sad game in many ways for me. Frank Viola wins his 20th game in a meaningless game(we had already been eliminated from playoff contention by the Pirates). This was also Darryl Strawberry's last game as a Met and the continuation of his horrific downward spiral. I hate to think of what he could have been.

Bob P
March 4, 2004

As David M. said in February of 2002, Frank Viola won his 20th in the last game of another disappointing season. Frank pitched seven innings to get the win.

Jerry Reuss started and got a no decision for the Pirates. Doug Bair came in to pitch the last two innings. It was the final major league game for both of these 41-year-old pitchers. Reuss wound up pitching in four decades (1969-1990) and finished his career with 220 wins but never won more than 18 in a season.

Mets LF Chris Jelic homered in the eighth inning off Bair. It turned out to be Jelic's first, last, and only major league hit, and it came in his final major league at bat. He finished his career with just 11 at bats, and all of them came in the final week of the 1990 season. Jelic, who came to the Mets with David Cone prior to the 1987 season, was released in November 1990 and never made it back to the majors.

Michael
October 6, 2006

Despite the win, a sad ending to a wonderful era in Mets history. Straw would be gone and the decision to replace his power with Vince Coleman's speed proved to be fatal. A note about the 1990 season, a lot of people tend to forget how good this pitching staff was on paper. Going into spring training, we had Darling and Ojeda fighting for the last spot as a starter, that's how deep the staff was. Too bad the offense couldn't hit left-handed pitching, that proved to be our downfall in 1990.

Michael
June 16, 2010

Truly a sad day in Mets history. The best and most exciting era in team history would be over after this game for most part. Sadly this 1990 Mets team is largely forgotten today, as most people remember the 80's versions. But this was a VERY good and underrated Mets team. Their run differential was BY FAR the best in the National League. Unfortunately their utter and complete inability to hit lefties down the stretch is what really killed them.






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