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April 26, 1995 Coors Field
Colorado Rockies 11, Mets 9
Ken Akerman
April 23, 2003
This was the first-ever regular-season game at Coors Field. Rico Brogna of the Mets hit the first home run in the history of Coors Field in the fourth inning off Bill Swift. Todd Hundley hit a grand slam in the sixth inning. However, the Rockies won the game 11-9 on Dante Bichette's three-run home run off Mike Remlinger in the bottom of the fourteenth inning.

April 28, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 8
February 10, 2005
The only opener I've been to was the Mets home opener after the strike. This was the one where the three guys ran on the field with shirts that said "Greed", threw dollar bills at the players, and then stood at second base to cheers from the crowd.

After that it was a parade of people running on the field. There were at least three others in seperate incidents, and each of them ran to the outfield to try to jump over the wall. One of them, a fat redheaded guy, ran on right after security pulled another guy off, so he was out there for at least five minutes before they came back to get him. He tried to jump the fence, but could barely even touch the top. After he realized he wasn't making it over the wall, he took pictures of the left fielder, I forget who, and Brett Butler in center. Butler took off his hat and posed for him, holding his hat in the crook of his arm, logo forward.

All in all, a fun day.

jay bee
June 24, 2006

I remember this game vividly. As I recall there were only 26,000 of us there but it was the most raucous, rowdy crowd I have ever been in. There must have been at least 10 delays of fans running on the field. The classic was the heavy guy taking Brett Butlers picture in CF, then trying to climb over the fence, to no avail. The game was marred by numerous fights un the stands. I saw MSG analyst Dave Simms after the game, and he said in all his years he has never seem such a wild stadium. Todd Hundley came through with a big bases loaded hit, and this Met fan and his bussies went home happy after a long strike.

April 30, 2009

This was the Mets' only home opener at Shea Stadium that was ever played at night. It wasn't scheduled that way originally, but the delay in starting the season caused by the strike of '94 forced this 7:00PM starting game to serve as the home debut for '95. Every other Shea opener between 1964 and 2008 was played during the daytime.

April 29, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
April 20, 2005
I attended this game with my dad, mom, and my late greatgrandmother (died in spring of '98) who was a big Mets' fan. I was 12. There were over 44,000 people at the game; my dad made a joke that during the seventh inning stretch everyone was standing for my greatgrandmother. Pete Harnisch made his Mets' debut and threw six good innings. Jerry Dipoto came in and blew a 4-1 lead in the seventh. However, the Mets would go on to win 5-4 in the eleventh. I remember there was a front office person from the Cardinals sitting next to us; when the Mets won, I said "HAHA" to him.

April 30, 1995 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 0
flushing flash
February 27, 2002
I kept the ticket stub to this game because it will be THE only time I ever pay $1 to attend a sporting event. The strike had ended, the seasson got off to a late start, and the Mets were so desperate for fans that they charged $1 for field level box seats to this game. I was treated to a miserable display of baseball (Kevin Lomon pitched for the Mets -- 'nuff said) and to top it off it rained for most of the game. The highlight was Joe Torre getting ejected from the game for arguing a running inside the baseline call on Jose Oquendo. It was just a year before the Yankees began their nauseating World Series run so it's easy to forget that Torre was in St. Louis and that Buck Showalter was managing in the Bronx.

May 4, 1995 Olympic Stadium
Mets 5, Montreal Expos 1
Bob P
March 4, 2004
The Mets win this one in ten innings on a pinch-hit grand slam by Todd Hundley in the top of the tenth off LHP Bryan Eversgerd. Hundley is only the eleventh player in history to hit an extra-inning pinch-slam.

May 6, 1995 Riverfront Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 13, Mets 11
Shickhaus Franks
January 24, 2010
The one-year-old MLB Network is a godsend. With the NFL playoffs going on and the weather outside was raw and rainy on January 17, 20and Rusty Staub as the game announcers on the late SportsChannel (now MSG Plus). Deion "Prime Time" Sanders playing CF for the Reds as well.

Shickhaus Franks
February 19, 2011

MLB Network is a godsend. With the NFL playoffs going on with the weather outside raw and rainy on January 17, 2010 they aired a replay of this game with Fran Healy and Rusty Staub as the game announcers on the late great SportsChannel (now MSG Plus) and playing CF for the Reds was Tim McCarver's "good buddy" Deion "PRIME TIME" Sanders.

May 9, 1995 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Stephen Costanza
April 20, 2003
Chipper Jones' HR in the top of the 9th won the game an inning after Jeff Kent's HR tied the score at 2.

May 31, 2006

Larry's HR off of Manzanillo in the 9th was not only the game winner, but it was his first Major League HR. And, of course, only the beginning of the lifetime of misery he would bring to all Mets fans, and the reason he named his daughter Shea.

February 26, 2013

Shea is Larry's son, not daughter. But yes, this was indeed the day Larry hit his first major league homer.

May 10, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 2
January 22, 2005
It was a cold and wet night at this game. I went with my mom, dad, and grandma. Then rookie Chipper Jones helped stake the Braves to a 2-0 lead with a solo home run. The Mets went into the eighth down 2-1 and rallied to go on to win 5-2. However, the highlight of the rally was when the field sprinklers suddenly started up and delayed the game.

May 31, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, San Diego Padres 5
May 26, 2004
I remember skipping school back in the 9th grade to go to this afternoon game. It seemed like another Mets loss as Franco was back to his old self blowing the save in the 9th and blowing the lead in the 11th, but Chris Jones hit a 3-run pinch hit homer off Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the 11th to give us the win.

June 1, 2004

I remember skipping school back in the 9th grade to go to this afternoon game. It seemed like another Mets loss as Franco was back to his old self blowing the save in the 9th and blowing the lead in the 11th, but Chris Jones hit a 3-run pinch hit homer off Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the 11th to give us the win.

June 9, 1995 Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego Padres 8, Mets 4
Bob P
August 20, 2004
San Diego pitcher Joey Hamilton beats the Mets 8- 4 and also doubles off Pete Harnisch for his first major league hit in 58 at bats.

June 17, 1995 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 7, Mets 3
September 24, 2001
Nobody remembers the 95 season? Surely it wasn't the best of times for the Mets, although they improved markedly in the second half. On this day, however, I sojurned to Queens for the Major League Debut of Mr. Bill Pulsipher. I remember him warming up to Nirvana's "Come as you are," and I thought it fitting for this fellow who was viewed as a savior. Then he sailed his first pitch to the backstop. He gave up 5 runs in the first, but he certainly was not helped by Brett Butler, who bungled two fly balls, which prolonged the inning longer than it needed to be. To add insult, he wasn't charged with an error either time. Ended up a blowout loss for the Mets, and the start of a rocky road for Pulse.

Joe From Jersey
November 29, 2005

It was the first Mets game I went to since the end of the 1994 cancellation strike. I remember Pulse pitching and the lineup consisted of Bobby Crybaby, Jeff "The Cable Guy" Kent; Brett Butler and Ryan Thompson, who at times showed 5-tool skills and at other no-tool skills. It was a Saturday Afternoon and Shea was NOT exactly packed to the rafters.

October 23, 2008

The highlight of the day was the softball game before the Mets game, Phil Niekro's silver bullets I think was the name of them. I should mention, I thought Pulse reminded me of Jon Matlack. Too bad he didn't have the stuff to make it.

June 21, 1995 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 2
September 4, 2003
I was at this night game with my dad, mom, and grandma (dad's mother). I believe it was the same day as my sixth grade class graduation. It was an awful game.

I remember I got Phillies outfielder Tom Marsh's autograph, and he hit two homers in the game. That has happened before with me, such as when I got Moises Alou's autograph at a game in 1994. He ended up whacking two homers in that game, including a bomb that I believe went as high as the upper deck. Bobby Jones started this game, and did not do bad. He only gave up a total of four runs in seven innings. They were not all earned.

My grandma said how she remembers me trying to auction off our season tickets during the game because of how they had been playing. What a graduation gift for the Mets to give me that night, LOL! This was the third game of a four-game series in which the Mets would be swept. The Phillies had been playing awesome baseball.

As for the Mets, this was one of the seasons Dallas Green was managing. Need I say more? But, the game was still fun in a way.

Bob P
September 13, 2003

Anthony, look at it this way...you were there for 40% of Tom Marsh's career home runs! Marsh finished his career with five homers in 93 career games, all with the Phillies.

July 14, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, Colorado Rockies 4
January 11, 2016
The Mets absolutely destroyed 2 future Mets pitchers in this game, as both Reynoso and Acevedo would make their way to Shea in the coming years. But neither had anything in this one, and it was one of only a slight handful of games in team history where the Mets had a 9-run lead by the 3rd inning.

July 17, 1995 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 2
Jared K
June 11, 2007
Jason Isringhausen's MLB debut. He pitched a gem that night, and it looked like at least one facet of Generation K (for whiff, which is what the Mets did in choosing Izzy, Pulsipher, and Wilson) would pan out.

Unfortunately, this game was largely overshadowed by the awful TWA 800 crash off the shores of JFK that same night.

Shickhaus Franks
July 17, 2007

Correction, Jared K. The TWA Flight 800 crash happened exactly one year later and on July 17, 1996, the Mets played an afternoon tilt vs the Phillies (I was there because me and my friend bought field level seats off a scalper) and several hours after the game is when the tragedy took place.

March 19, 2016

Along with Izzy's debut, I remember it was extremely weird to see HoJo in a Cubs uniform during this game. Just didn't look right on him.

July 20, 1995 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Mets 6
Bob P
March 7, 2004
Brett Butler had three singles and a home run in this Mets loss. Starting three games ago and ending tonight, Butler had 15 hits over four games, one shy of the record of 16 set by Brooklyn's Milt Stock in 1925. Stock was an infielder who played in the teens and early-mid 1920s.

According to baseballlibrary.com, Stock is probably best remembered by old-time Dodger fans not for this feat, but for the fact that he was the Dodgers' third base coach in 1950. On the last day of the 1950 season, the Dodgers, one game out of first, blew a chance for the pennant when Brooklyn's Cal Abrams was thrown out at the plate by Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn in the ninth inning of a tie game. Stock was the coach who waved Abrams home. He was fired several days later and never again coached in the majors.

August 10, 1995 Veterans Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 1
January 7, 2003
This was the first game I attended after the strike (I had intended to sit out the entire '95 season but didn't quite make it). Back then, Juden v. Pulsipher promised a match-up of Future All-Stars, not of Future Washed-Up Nut-Jobs.

Jose Vizcaino had the big hit when the Mets batted around against Heathcliffe Slocumb in the 10th.

August 16, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Montreal Expos 0
January 19, 2005
Attended this game with my parents and a friend. They dedicated the night to Elvis Presley and they put my mom on the Diamond Vision screen being asked by one of the stadium employees what song by Elvis is her favorite. Mr. Met also was dressed up like Elvis. Most important was one of Bill Pulsipher's few dominating performances in a nice 1-0 win during a horrible period in Mets history.

August 18, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2
jack pesserilo
March 10, 2011
Isn't this the game on 8-18-95 Butler's first as a Dodger? If I recall correctly he was traded during the afternoon to L.A. The fans in the stadium had to be notified that Butler changed uniforms.

August 20, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Karl de Vries
September 28, 2002
I didn't go to this game, but my cousins did. I remember how excited I was to hear that Izzy beat Nomo, especially when Nomo was having his great year. It seemed at the time to be a preview of great things to come but alas, it was not to be (that expression seems to be a favorite of Met fans on this site, hmm...).

Phil Thiegou
July 12, 2006

What a coincidence, I didn't go to this game either. I was looking forward to going to this game to see the new phenom Hideo Nomo, however the night before a friend calls me up to come to his party he threw at the last second. I figured I'd go for a couple of hours then leave. I was there 'till 3:30 am so I was too tired to go to Shea the next morning. So I watched on TV, in disgust because I wanted to have been there, my boy Butch Huskey go yard on Nomo and the Mets totally pushed him around.

Well I did get to see Nomo pitch a few years later for the Mets and everyone else pushed him around too. Go figure.

August 23, 1995 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 3, Mets 2
March 11, 2002
Chris Jones (the Mets pinch hitter du jour at the time -- the Matt Franco type) is batting with two outs in the 9th inning. He hits a long fly ball that lands over the fence right near the right field foul pole. The "homer" would've won the Mets the game; the Umpire ruled it foul.

I'm pretty sure Dallas Green got ejected arguing, and Jones struck out to end the game.

I seem to remember getting free tickets from a kind season-ticket holder for this game.

Bob P
November 18, 2003

Glenn, here are more details from your posting in March 2002. Chris Jones actually started this game and batted fifth for the Mets.

From retrosheet.org:

The Giants led 3-2 with two out and Chris Jones at bat for the Mets. Jones hit a drive to right field which appeared to be a game tying homer off Terry Mulholland. However, first base umpire Gary Darling ruled the ball foul, even though replays of the hit showed it hitting the fair pole. Mulholland struck out Jones on the next pitch to end the game.

September 3, 1995 Candlestick Park
Mets 11, San Francisco Giants 6
Bob P
March 8, 2004
Bobby Jones gives up a home run to Barry Bonds in this Mets victory. It is the 286th homer of Barry's career, and it's the 11,000th home run in Giants' franchise history.

Ironically, exactly 24 years earlier, on September 3, 1971, Barry's father Bobby Bonds hit the 8,000th homer in franchise history.

September 12, 1995 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 8, Mets 6
January 23, 2013
I was so angry about the baseball strike; this was the only I game attended all year long. I wanted to keep my streak alive of going to at least one game per year since 1963!

September 15, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Ed K
August 11, 2015
Izzy became the only Mets pitcher ever to give up 13 hits in a game as a winning pitcher.

September 17, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 2
February 18, 2011
It rained ALL morning on this Sunday and no one thought the game had a prayer of getting played, but Pete Flynn said that there was a window to play and the game got in. Maybe 5,000 people showed up as Rico Brogna continued his red hot play and hit 2 more homers as the Mets continued to close the 1995 season playing VERY good baseball.

September 25, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Cincinnati Reds 1
April 2, 2008
I attended this game with a friend of mine. We sat right behind home plate because at this point in the season the ticket holders would stand outside of Shea begging for people to take them.

This was an overcast day to begin with and I remember getting to the stadium early and watching Barry Larkin jogging around the stadium.

There was intense controversy in the sixth when it began raining. Tim Pugh comes in and gives up a single to Vizcaino and walks Carl Everett. With Jeff Kent up Pugh balks the runners over and then uncorks a wild pitch scoring Vizcaino and right then the umpires called the game.

Reds manager Davey Johnson and coach Ray Knight run out on the field and start yelling loud and I think both were thrown out of the game. I have nice pictures of the event too.

This was Izzy's ninth and final win of his rookie year.

October 1, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
Ed K
October 25, 2004
Mets pulled this season finale out in Shea in 11 innings. The win pulled the Mets into a second place tie in the NL East. Of course, they were 21 games behind the Braves and 6 games under .500. But considering that they were more than 20 games under .500 in early August and that Izzy pitched 8 great innings in this game to finish his half season in the rotation with a 9-2 record, and Met fans had some hope for the future. Sadly, they did not continue their improvement in 1996 and Izzy never panned out with the Mets. It wasn't until 1997 with Bobby V at the helm that things finally turned around.

Dan H
January 6, 2007

Terrific game on a beautiful afternoon. We went without tickets planning to buy them at the park, but a man saw me on line with my two year old son and handed me tickets (field level box seats!) and wouldn't take any money. The only problem for us that day was that there was no food being sold because it was the last game of a long season and even the vendors had given up.

February 6, 2011

I remember this one well. A beautiful afternoon to end the season. Izzy continued his great pitching and the Mets put a nice touch on the end of their season. It's forgotten now but the 95 Mets were actually a decent team, especially in the second half.

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