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April 4, 1994 Wrigley Field
Mets 12, Chicago Cubs 8
September 24, 2001
Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, the immortal, hit 3 HRs off Doc in this game. He would then hit 5 the rest of the season. Now, it seems he is on the verge of breaking the Japanese league's single season HR record. Go figure.

Bob P
October 13, 2003

Second baseman Jeff Kent and shortstop Jose Vizcaino both homered in this game, marking the first time since 1948 that a double-play combination both hit homers on Opening Day.

April 5, 1994 Wrigley Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 2
Quality Met
August 9, 2010
In this game, Jonathan Hurst and John Cangelosi made their Mets' debuts. Both entered in the eighth inning. Hurst pitched two shutout innings to seal the win and Cangelosi went 0-for-1.

The appearances of Hurst and Cangelosi created a unique situation. They became the 500th and 501st major leaguers to play for the Mets. Noticed by Mets Inside Pitch, the magazine decided to declare which of these two players was officially the 500th Met. Hurst was given the 500 spot since, being the pitcher, he touched the ball before Cangelosi did. John had to settle for No. 501.

Not exactly the most important of issues, but Inside Pitch decided to solve it anyway.

April 11, 1994 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 5
Joe From Jersey
December 21, 2005
I was at this game. Cyndi Lauper sang the national anthem and some of the '69 Mets threw out the first pitch. Willie Banks from Jersey City pitched for the Cubs; He was a phenom at St. Anthony's High School as a pitcher and he was also a good hoops player off the bench for Bob Hurley's legendary teams. I remember Jeromy Burnitz messing up in the outfield and the fans got on him. I was sitting in the Loge in rightfield that day. Randy Myers came in the 9th to stop a Mets rally and I think he struck out Burnitz. Btw, the game wasn't sold out; there were 10,000 empty seats, a reminder of the horrible '93 season.

April 30, 1994 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 12, Mets 10
Stephen Costanza
April 14, 2003
This game was tough to swallow. The Mets built 5- 0 and 10-5 leads, but in the 8th inning, Josias Manzanillo gave up 3 home runs. The first was a 2-run homer to Chris Gwynn. The second was a 3- run homer to Mike Piazza, and then Tim Wallach hit a solo homer to win it.

Bob P
April 19, 2003

Stephen, you're right. The most amazing thing was that there were two outs when all those homers were hit. Gwynn's was a pinch home run, the next two batters (Butler and Webster) got on base before Piazza hit one, then Wallach followed.

Piazza had 92 RBI in just 107 games that season!

Bobby Bonilla was 4-for-4 with three singles and a homer.

John K
June 14, 2004

Mets build a big early lead on homers by Bonilla and Kent. If I recall correctly Bonilla even made a good stop at third. It all falls apart late. Manzanillo gives up three homers none of them cheap. Dodgers score 6 in the 8th and another in the 9 for good meaure. Another grey day at Shea.

March 27, 2008

I must of been about 8 years old when I went to this game. I remember they went around to the crowd and asked them who the best baseball player of all time was. Me being 8 and knowing nothing, I proudly said Jeremy Burnitz, who hit a home run the very next inning.

May 3, 1994 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 6, Mets 5
Stephen Costanza
April 14, 2003
This game was definitely a heartbreaker for the Mets. The Giants had a 4-0 lead but then in the 7th inning, Joe Orsulak hit a pinch-hit grand slam. The Mets kept that lead until the 9th, when Dusty Baker unconventionally sent up 2 left- handed hitters against John Franco. The strategy worked as both got singles, and then an error by Jeromy Burnitz allowed them to move up to 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Barry Bonds drove in the winning run with a long sacrifice fly.

May 14, 1994 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Atlanta Braves 4
Steve Rogers
August 5, 2005
This game is imortalized in the 5/23/1994 cover of Sports Illustrated. John Cangelosi gets hit by John Smoltz twice and obviously charged the mound.

Cangelosi "backs" into the cover shot to attack an unseen Smoltz with ex-Met Charlie O'Brien pouncing upon him and Terry Pendelton joining the fray.

Lee Devereaux
March 8, 2006

I was at this game. Anytime anyone brings up what a nice, sweet guy John Smoltz is, I bring up this game. Great brawl. I had field level seats along left field and was shouting at Steve Bedrosian as he was "running" from the bullpen, then gasping back. He pointed back at me...I was praying that he'd come towards me.

That's the only brawlgame I've ever been to.

July 17, 2007

I was at this game. I believe Cangelosi was hit right after the grand slam by Ryan Thompson. I was waiting on line at the concession stand behind home plate so I got a nice birds eye view.

June 11, 1994 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 7, Mets 4
Paul Roper
April 28, 2006
The first Mets game I ever went to, it was the day before my 8th birthday. I remember going to Whitehall Street station to meet my dad, who got out of work early that day and he surprised me with a Mets cap, which was the clue that we were going to Shea! We sat in the upper level box seats on the rightfield side, but well enough to see the scoreboard. There was a DynaMets Dash this day and I got to participate in that, but while the result wasn't memorable, this day was one of the best I had as a kid. Three days later, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, and I remember hearing chants of "Let's Go Rangers" break out from time to time.

June 13, 1994 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
June 19, 2004
I remember going to this game with my dad, cousin Dan and my Uncle Dave. I was in fifth grade and my cousin was in fourth. It was a good game during the horrible pre-Valentine 90's. Bret Saberhagen pitched a good game in his only solid season as a Met. John Franco looked like he was going to blow it in the ninth. With runners on and two outs, a flyball was hit to center. It looked like it was going to fall in, but Ryan Thompson made a diving catch to put the finishing touches on a 4-3 Mets win. My cousin and I shouted with joy. Awesome memory.

June 14, 1994 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
August 18, 2005
Ahh the night the Rangers won the Stanley Cup!! Remember reading in the paper the next morning that Gooden had lost. The stadium was probably dead that night because everyone was partying on 34th street.

June 16, 1994 Dolphin Stadium
Florida Marlins 4, Mets 2
April 23, 2001
I was 14 years old and a lifetime Mets fan. Since I lived in south Florida, I was ecstatic over the chance to see the Mets play the Marlins! I went to the first 3 games of the 4 game series. They lost the first and second game but I had fun anyway....even though they lost I was still excited that I had gotten former Met outfielder and (at that time) current Marlin outfielder Chuck Carr's autograph!...

June 19, 1994 Dolphin Stadium
Mets 6, Florida Marlins 1
Bob P
September 25, 2003
This was Dwight Gooden's final win as a New York Met. He pitched eight innings, allowing one run and three hits. He made one more start for the Mets before his suspension, became a free agent after the season, did not play in the majors in 1995, and then signed with the Yankees (where--- of course---he pitched his only no-hitter) in 1996.

June 24, 1994 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 4
David M.
February 4, 2002
Gooden got shellacked in this game. Apparently, before pitching this game he was already aware of the fact that he was about to be suspended for substance abuse policy violation. This had to be the low point of his career.

March 31, 2007

Bad game for Gooden. I had a new camera which I brought to the game and one of the pictures that I took was a good action shot of Doc throwing a pitch to Gary Varsho. It turned out to be the final pitch that Doc ever threw as a Met. I don't remember what Varsho did but Doc was lifted after that pitch.

June 25, 1994 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
Charlie Sullivan
November 18, 2009
It was Fire Works night in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the 69 Mets Championship.

The game was over so quickly that the folks at Shea had to wait an hour after the game was over to launch the fireworks because the sky was not dark enough yet.

June 27, 1994 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 9, Mets 8
Stephen Costanza
April 19, 2003
Franco blew another one. This time, Gregg Jefferies came up as a pinch hitter and tied the game with a double. The Cardinals scored again in the 9th to go up by a run. The game ended on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play.

July 3, 1994 Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego Padres 7, Mets 0
Bob P
March 7, 2004
An eighth inning double by Rico Brogna was the only Mets hit off Padres RHP Andy Benes.

Benes, who led the league in strikeouts in 1994, struck out thirteen in this game and had a three-run double in the fifth inning. He picked up his sixth win, which turned out to be his final win of the strike-shortened season.

July 4, 1994 Candlestick Park
Mets 2, San Francisco Giants 1
Stephen Costanza
April 19, 2003
Jim Lindeman's homer in the top of the 10th won this one for the Mets.

July 7, 1994 Dodger Stadium
Mets 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Jason Jacome's Mom
January 24, 2007
My son threw a complete game shutout. He's awesome.

July 15, 1994 Shea Stadium
San Diego Padres 2, Mets 1
Bob P
August 20, 2004
Terrific outing for Bret Saberhagen, who started game two of this twi-night doubleheader. Saberhagen pitched ten innings and allowed just five hits, no runs, and no walks! Unfortunately the Mets couldn't score in those ten innings because Andy Benes may have had a better outing than Saberhagen: he pitched eight innings and allowed just two hits while striking out fourteen.

John Franco and Roger Mason kept the Padres off the board for three more innings, then Mike Maddux came in to pitch the fourteenth. After retiring Scott Livingstone, Maddux allowed back- to-back home runs by Tony Gwynn and Phil Plantier, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. The Mets got an unearned run off Jeff Tabaka in the bottom of the inning but Tim Mauser came on to get the last two outs for the first save of his career.

July 16, 1994 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, San Diego Padres 4
August 25, 2000
I had hated the way the Mets came apart and jerryrigged themselves throughout the early 1990s -- this whole era is very blurry for me and an extremely dark period in team history.

So, I don't even know what I was doing at Shea this night, other than spending time with my Dad. Nice game for Jacome though you could tell the Mets weren't going anywhere and even if they did there was a strike on the horizon. It was palpable. Just an awful feeling. Sure enough the strike hit a few weeks later, and I wouldn't be back at Shea again for another three years.

June 23, 2016

I went to this game with my brother -- I believe it was a Saturday night; we sat in box seats in right field. The stadium was far from full as I recall moving around to a better section later in the game. The crowd was on their feet cheering for John Franco at the end of the game -- I recall that this was some sort of a milestone save for him. After the game we went down to where the players parked, hoping to get an autograph. We failed, but we did see a bunch of the Padres driving off.

July 17, 1994 Shea Stadium
San Diego Padres 10, Mets 1
Shickhaus Franks
October 12, 2006
This was a low point of the history of the New York Mets as they looked like a bunch of bush-leaguers on a cloudy Sunday afternoon at Shea. Before the game, they had probably the last Mets Old Timers Day ever featuring the '69 Mets. In the 60's and 70's this would be a hot ticket and would sell out but only 24,855 showed up and they even brought back Jane Jarvis for this occasion but you couldn't even hear her playing the organ for crying out loud.

The only thing I remember was that Tony Gwynn (he truly would have hit .400 if not for the strike) went 3-4 and this was my last visit to Shea until June 17, 2005 due to the strike. The final score was Padres 10 Mets 1 and yes, they could have used some of the players from '69 because the '94 Mets were nothing to write home about!

October 26, 2008

Just watched the Old Timer's game from this date on one of my old tapes. There are MAYBE 1,500 people there to watch the 69 Mets play. A sad sight.

No wonder the Mets got rid of Old Timer's Day. But to be honest, if they brought it back now (with the 80's and 90's guys available now) I think the popularity would come back.

July 18, 1994 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Mets 6
Stephen Costanza
April 14, 2003
Tim Wallach hit both a 3-run homer and a 3-run double to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead entering the 9th inning, but the Mets managed to tie the game against Todd Worrell. The announcers for this TV game (on the Baseball Network) said during the inning that Worrell just didn't look confident in that inning. He was confident enough, however, to strike out Fernando Vina with the bases loaded to end the inning. Naturally, the very next inning, the Dodgers won the game on a 2-out hit by Eric Karros to drive in DeLino DeShields. Another tough one.

July 26, 1994 Busch Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 9
Stephen Costanza
April 14, 2003
John Franco almost blew another game but he hung on. Rico Brogna's 2-run homer in the top of the 11th inning off Gary Buckels won the game.

July 27, 1994 Busch Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 4
August 9, 2001
The Mets had the look of a good team in 1994, but the June Swoon and the strike ended it all. Oh well!

Stephen Costanza
April 14, 2003

The Mets were behind 4-2 entering the 8th inning, but Tim Bogar and Bobby Bonilla hit 2-run homers to win the game.

August 7, 1994 Shea Stadium
Florida Marlins 2, Mets 0
Fan 5/31/64 - 8/11/94
March 23, 2005
It was a lovely Sunday afternoon. The excitement of the 80's had waned. We had suffered through Bobby Bo and Anthony Young's streak. I had been attending up to 100 games annually (including road games). With a couple of notable exceptions, this was the last game that I attended until a trip to Japan in '03. A companion at the game with me asked if I thought that they would really strike the next week. I didn't see how they could be that stupid. Decorum prevents what I have to say to the players and owners in this regard...

August 11, 1994 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
April 16, 2001
Listening to this game on the radio, knowing that the strike was on as soon as the game ended, was one of the most interminable experiences ever. And the game simply wouldn't end. I don't even remember how it ended, only that when it did, I glumly tossed my walkman aside and went to sleep.

Brooklyn 539er
September 4, 2003

I went down to Philly that night thinking that it would be the last game of the year. By the 12th inning everyone in the stadium, both Mets and Phils fans were saying that if the negotiators tried this hard to save the season the strike would've been averted. We were also hoping that if this game went long enough it would be the last game of the year. Turns out a game in Seattle ended about 45 minutes after this one did. This was also the last time I saw Fernando Valenzuela pitch.

Bob P
September 11, 2003

One more bit of trivia about this game...it was the final major league game for Kevin McReynolds, Jeff McKnight, Jim Lindeman, Mauro Gozzo, and Roger Mason. All of those players got into tonight's game for the Mets.

Also, former Mets Daryl Boston (Yanks), Bill Pecota (Braves), and Randy Milligan (Expos) played their final games on this date.

Shickhaus Franks
November 25, 2007

After the game, this is where Bobby Bum told Ch. 7's Art McFarland (I always felt sorry for Art) to "Make His Move". Yet another "feel good" moment in Mets Misery er I mean History.

June 16, 2009

This game was the last game before the players turned their backs on the fans and went on strike and wiped out the rest of the season as well as all of the postseason. It was on my 23rd birthday as well. Nice birthday present to go on strike. Since I now live in South Florida, I did go to the Marlins-Cardinals game that night knowing it might be the last of baseball for 1994 and it was.

Also the Mets did finish at 55-58 which to me was not too bad of a record considering how disastrous it was the last year in 1993.

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