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.
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.