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METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF GAMES FROM THE 1998 SEASON
March 31, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Bryan Hoch
July 16, 2001
What a remarkable Opening Day at Shea. I cut school for this one, the sun was beaming down... it was 88 degrees on March 31st in Flushing, and I was in a field box behind the third base dugout.

Bobby Jones started against Curt Schilling, and the zeros piled up against each other on the scoreboard. Nine scoreless. Ten. Twelve. Fourteen. The Mets used six pitchers, including getting scoreless relief from Greg McMichael and Mel Rojas.

Finally, in the bottom of the fourteenth inning, light-hitting backup catcher Alberto "Bambino" Castillo singles home Brian McRae with the game winner off Ricky Bottalico to send everyone home happy, 4:35 and 428 pitches later.

Piazza wouldn't arrive until late May -- the Mets' Opening Day catcher was Tim Spehr, and Todd Pratt was in Norfolk.

This one ranks as one of my favorites ever. I went in to school the next day with a big ol' red sunburn, and everyone knew I hadn't really been sick the day before.

SCOTT R
March 1, 2006

I was at this game too. Me and my dad went. It was about 80-something degrees, a great day for March 31. Great pitchers duel until bases-loaded single by last man on bench in 13th inning Alberto Castillo.

Tom M.
July 28, 2006

First and only Mets home opener in the month of March and it was an unbelievably warm (88 degrees) day. Was also my two year old son's first Met game. He really doesn't remember it, but he loves telling people that we stayed for the entire 14 innings.

Ed K
March 13, 2008

As it turns out, Turk goes down in history as the last Met reliever to win a Season Opening Day at Shea.

Joseph Tyson
January 14, 2011

Sat in the upper deck in fair territory. Sunburnt and tired, I could hase kissed Castillo when he finally ended it.

Ed K
May 30, 2014

This was also the first regular season game ever played by the Mets in March. Expanding the MLB playoffs to three rounds forced the regular season to begin and end earlier.

April 4, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Mets2Moon
July 4, 2001
If memory serves, Rich Becker almost single-handedly won this game, hitting a HR and a 2B, and making a key run- saving catch. Probably his only shining moment in his far from memorable Mets career.

Bob P
October 3, 2003

In their fourth game, the Mets picked up their third win of the season, and all three wins came in their final at bat.

John K
April 9, 2004

A cold grey day at Shea. Becker hits a line drive into a stiff wind over the center field wall to win it. On WFAN after the game, one caller believes that Becker is going to be the valuable addition that helps the Mets make the playoffs.

Justin Zacek
May 28, 2010

This game was brutally cold. There could not have been more than a thousand fans in the park to witness the end. I remember going into the bathroom with my friends between innings so we could find some heat to endure to freeze. That was both of my friends' first Mets game and I don't think they've gone to another.

Dan the Man
April 15, 2011

Justin wasn't kidding when describing how cold this game was even though it was in April! I went to this very early game in the season with my father. The Mets offense was lifeless that day for the first 8 innings. In the bottom of the 8th the Mets were able to scratch one run in but left the bases loaded. My father and I left at that point figuring the Mets were dead and we didn't feel like sitting in the freezing cold anymore. When we got off the 7 train in Woodside someone who had headphones announced the Mets tied it at 6-6. Remember these were the days before cell phones/blackberrys so I honestly didn't believe the man. Now that I think about it those days were so much simpler/better but that's a whole other thing for another day! So I eventually got home and the game was still going on and I caught the winning hit in the 13th on TV. Never gave up on a Met game my whole life after that!

Shickhaus Franks
April 23, 2011

I was at this game with my friend Kathy and it was a chilly, gray Saturday afternoon tilt at Shea; a difference to when it was summer-like for the home opener a few days earlier. After Rich Becker won it in extra frames, the PA system played the then- popular "Tub-thumping" aka (I get knocked down but I get up again song) by Chumbawamba. There was an announced crowd of 17,633 (according to retrosheet.org)

April 14, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 0
Anthony
June 10, 2003
Hey there. I remember I attended this game with my dad. I was in ninth grade and on spring break. My great grandma (who was also a big Met's fan) had just died and we had just finished the whole funeral thing. Anyway, it was a cold night. It was Al Leiter's third start as a Met. I remember "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen was playing as he was warming up in the first inning. That is a cool song. I downloaded it. That song always reminds me of him as does any song by Bruce Springsteen. He pitched an awesome seven innings this game and the Mets went on to win 7- 0. It was Al Leiter's first win as a Met at Shea. I did not expect him to pitch as well as he has (especially in 1998) when they first got him.

April 16, 1998 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 4
Jim F
October 6, 2001
My son's first Met game. Carlos Baerga fouled one off and we got it. Henry Rodriguez hit a 3 run homer off of Wendell to seal the game.

April 19, 1998 Riverfront Stadium
Mets 14, Cincinnati Reds 0
Bob P
May 26, 2004
The Mets scored three runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to coast to a 14-0 win, the most lopsided shutout win in team history.

Bernard Gilkey had three hits, three RBI, and scored five runs.

Ed K
April 6, 2008

This actually tied the record for most- lopsided shutout. Galen Cisco pitched a CG shutout on 7-29-65 that was also 14-0.

April 25, 1998 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 2, Mets 0
Mario
December 31, 2004
Don't even remind me about this game. I was there at Shea that day, and what promotion happened to be occurring? You guessed it---Rey Ordonez highlight VHS giveaway day.

David Weathers, of all people, pitched an absolute gem for the Reds. Then again, just take a look at the Mets' lineup for this game, and you can see why.

This was right before the Amazins made the deal for Iron Mike Piazza, and it is no wonder why they pulled the trigger. To call the attendance sparse would be an overstatement, and I attribute it to the lineup that left a lot to be desired.

May 4, 1998 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Mets 2
Joe W.
June 30, 2009
I found a video of this game on Super 8 film, with the first two innings and some fielding practice. It also includes the dulcet tones of Gary Cohen and Bob Murphy.

It is on YouTube, if you search 5/4/98.

May 8, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Bob P
March 7, 2004
Mark McGwire's 2-run homer (his 13th of the year) in the third inning is the 400th of his career.

McGwire became the 27th player to hit 400 homers and he did it in fewer at bats (4,726) than anyone else.

Brian McRae's three run homer in the fourth gave the Mets the lead and they coasted the rest of the way behind Rick Reed.

May 19, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Cincinnati Reds 3
Eric Slater
August 5, 2002
Went to this game with my brother and caught my first foul ball ever -- went to my first Mets game in 1972 and have usually made at least one game every year. The ball was hit by Dmitri Young. We were sitting behind the third base dugout and the ball hit off of an empty seat and bounced right into my hands! It was all the more memorable for me as I had just finished law school and my daughter had been born that January and I plan on giving that ball to her when she's old enough to understand the joy of baseball!

May 22, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Milwaukee Brewers 2
Ira Klapper
May 2, 2002
The greatest day in Mets history. The buzz was unreal as the walk-up line was loaded with everybody discussing the catcher we just acquired from the Florida Marlins...Mike Piazza. I don't remember too much about the actual game except Cook picking off two guys in one inning of a one run game, and being one of the first in the park to realize that Franco was wearing #45, and giving up his number to Piazza, who would arrive the next day. You could just tell everybody knew it was a new era of Mets baseball

Stu Baron
May 22, 2008

I recall sitting at Shea in the eighth inning when the Mets made a pitching change. I know players' uni numbers, so I thought it strange when I saw "45 P" on the scoreboard. I had no idea who that was until John Franco was announced, and I realized that he already had switched from 31 to 45 in deference to newly acquired Mike Piazza. Needless to say, this was the beginning of the end of Alberto Castillo's Mets career!

May 23, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Mets2Moon
April 16, 2001
Credibility, excitement and most importantly, fans returned to Shea on this brilliant Saturday afternoon. All had come to see the New York debut of Mike Piazza that day, and he did not disappoint, slamming an RBI 2B off Jeff Juden in the 5th. 32,000 fans were on hand, giving Mike ovations from the moment he stepped onto the field before the game, to his first AB, and it reached a head when he got his first hit. The NY Times headline the following day read: "Piazza swings a bat and suddenly, it's the 80s again." How true it was. Oh, and Leiter was brilliant too, tossing a CGSHO to a catcher who was criticized by his former team of being a poor handler of pitchers. Didn't have any problems today, it seemed.

Stu Baron
May 22, 2008

I didn't attend, but on the occasion of Mike Piazza's retirement, I can recall the excitement I felt for his Mets debut just watching the game on TV at home in Hamden, CT.

Mark Heaney
November 15, 2011

I listened to this game on the radio laying on a blanket at Harbor Park in Mamaroneck on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. One of those great joyous memories - my Mets were back! Leiter throwing a shutout to MIKE PIAZZA! One of those memories to last a lifetime. I remember packing up and leaving late in the afternoon - I was in a great place in my life and my Mets were back. Life is good.

Dan the Man
November 17, 2011

I caught this game on SNY as a Mets classic last week. Being that except for the return of Beavis and Butthead I really can't stand anything on TV, I watched a good portion of it. Gotta say I was sucked right back in to the moment. When Mike Piazza got that double and ended up at third, I was as excited as I had been in five years watching/following this team. All in all it just seemed like a great day to be a Met fan. Hopefully, better days like this will be ahead.

May 31, 1998 Veterans Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Lee D
May 28, 2010
GF and I were there. Ungodly hot day. We had seats on the field level, so they had the temporary metal floor stands. Combined with the heat of the sun on the 90+ degree day, and the heat from the Astroturf, it made for major discomfort.

Mets take an early 5-1 lead. I'm cheering, quite happy that my Mets are doing so well. Some fat Phillies fan in back of me says something like, "Stop cheering against my team." I said, "I'm not, I'm cheering for my team." He said something like STFU. Phillies come back to take the lead 6-5. He starts getting overly obnoxious and in my face and stuff. I'm thinking, "Whatever." Mets then take the lead and wind up winning the game 8-6.

The gentleman, as the game is just about over, asked me, "If you're such a huge Mets fan (I guess he was calling me a bandwagoner or something), who was the manager before Davey Johnson?" I look at him dead in the eyes and say, "Frank Howard." He turns around in a huff and says, "smartass."

Dan the Man
April 28, 2011

Was at this game when I was just a freshman in high school. Really can't remember too much what happened in the actual game but I must be one of the few Met fans whose had nothing but positive experiences with the old Vet and the city of Philadelphia. Then again these were the days when the old Vet was at least half full of Met fans and the Phillies were always in last place. No one in Philly cared about the Phillies back then. I should have appreciated those times more as the roles between the Mets and Phillies has certainly changed since then.

June 1, 1998 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Ed Koch
September 23, 2005
Piazza's first Met homer came against Jason Schmidt in this game but Schmidt still won the game.

June 3, 1998 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 0
Tom
May 31, 2006
Aramis Ramirez was 0-22 for his career(!) and hit a 2 run double in the 8th of McMichael, scoring Kendall and Young.

Arrgh.

June 5, 1998 Fenway Park
Mets 9, Boston Red Sox 2
revolve
February 8, 2002
Two friends of mine from college--one a Met fan, the other a Sox fan--made the trip up to Boston to catch the first of the three game set. This was the first time I had seen a Met game outside of Shea, and it was also the first time I got to see Piazza in a Met uniform, as my previous trip to a Met game had been the day he was traded, and thus not in the lineup. Of course, I really didn't get the chance to see Piazza hit, as Pedro Martinez broke his hand with an inside heater (I've heard rumors that Pedro's brother Ramon had some ill feelings toward Mike left over from their days in Dodgerland). The three of us thought we had great seats-- much like Bob Uecker in those old beer commercials--though it was the usher's mistake and by the 2nd inning, they unfortunately found our correct seats. Then again, there really isn't a bad seat in the house there. We expected it to be a great pitching match- up between Leiter and Pedro, but Pedro, instead of throwing gas, pitched like he had bad gas, and gave up home runs to the following Mets: Alberto Castillo, Luis Lopez, Bernard Gilkey and finally, John Olerud. Obviously Olerud's the black sheep here, I mean, in a quartet of sluggers that includes honored company like Castillo and Luis Lopez, one tends to omit Olerud's name from such an elite class. Future Met Mo Vaughn cranked one late, but by then the game was far out of reach, and Bobby V had brought in Brad Clontz of all people. The Sox fan in our group didn't have a great night, but got his revenge the following year...

June 6, 1998 Fenway Park
Mets 1, Boston Red Sox 0
Greg Gentry
July 13, 2008
I was at this game with a friend in Boston, the only run scored was on a balk.

Incredible pitchers duel. Wakefield only gave up one hit through 8.

It was a game Wakefield should have won, but I was glad to see the Mets come out on top.

D.C.
August 14, 2013

My first Mets game courtesy of tickets from my uncle who lived in the Boston suburbs.

Strangely in a series that featured Al Leiter and Pedro during his peak pitch the night before, this game turned out the pitcher's duel of the three. I was only seven, but I do remember the Mets getting a run on a Wakefield balk and Bobby Jones making it stand for eight inning before ceding the game to John Franco for a rare non-ulcer inducing ninth.

June 7, 1998 Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox 5, Mets 0
Tim Stahlman
November 15, 2010
This was my first trip to Fenway park. I felt like I stepped through a portal into the past. I remember seeing dripping pipes in the concourse and being amazed by the lack of modern aesthetics in the ball park. I loved it for that very reason. My steak hoagie that I bought was far better than the Mets' bats. They were as rusty as the stains on the bare concrete walls. Mo Vaughn took a ball opposite field over the monster. You could C-it-go. Bad night for the Mets. Nice night for baseball.

June 8, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0
Mets2Moon
April 16, 2001
Reed's "Imperfect" game. In the wake of another perfect game thrown by a certain pitcher on a certain team occupying the same city, the Mets were completely squeezed out of the press. For 6 2/3 innings, however, Mets fans were given a teaser by Reed. I was at this game, and from the 4th inning forward, fans were up with every pitch he threw. McGriff smacked a shot up the middle leading off the 5th...right into Reed's glove. A PH (I forget who) slices a liner to right, and the crowd gasps as Butch Huskey lumbers toward it...dives...And the man caught it! And everyone there thought we were destined to witness history. Finally, it caught up with Reed on a 3-2 pitch to Boggs in the 7th. Doubled to center, out of McRae's reach. Undaunted, Reed did complete the game, K'd a then- career-high 10, and had his first CGSHO. As an added bonus, Piazza chimed in with his 1st Mets HR at Shea in the 4th. A wonderful game thrown by Reed. The man was absolutely unhittable that night.

Michael
October 29, 2010

THIS would be a great game to show on SNY classics instead of the same games they always air. Reed's best game as a Met (besides his October 2, 1999 game) AND Piazza's first Shea homer. I remember this one well.

June 9, 1998 Shea Stadium
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5, Mets 4
Jon
August 26, 2002
This was Hideo Nomo's frst game with the Mets (and, I think, Rich Becker's last). Lots of excitement at Shea. I sat field level near the RF corner and caught a foul ball thrown into the stands by the Devil Ray right fielder. When I leaned forward to reach for it, I aggravated an achilles tendon tear which would eventually require surgery. Nomo didn't pitch very well, and the Mets lost in the 10th as a result of John Hudek's sorry relief and an error by Luis Lopez.

At least I got a ball.

June 17, 1998 Olympic Stadium
Montreal Expos 5, Mets 4
Jon
November 8, 2001
Benny Agbayani made his Major League debut in this game. He struck out vs. Ugeth Urbina in the 9th.

June 19, 1998 Shea Stadium
Florida Marlins 3, Mets 2
Jim Johnson
February 13, 2008
I was at this game back when I was in like fourth grade. Rick Reed had a perfect game going in the seventh when he had two strikes on Edgar Renteria. A questionable call evened up the count and Renteria eventually delivered a single between short and third. While he was later thrown out stealing, the Marlins continued to hit Reed, and Floyd's three run homer put them ahead. John Olerud struck out with men on base to end the game.

June 21, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Florida Marlins 2
JR
July 6, 2012
It was Father's day! All the dads in attendance recieved white floppy Mets hats!

June 22, 1998 Camden Yards
Baltimore Orioles 7, Mets 2
Mookie
June 7, 2003
I was at this game in '98 and have been thinking about it on and off ever since. In this game, Mike Mussina of the Orioles pitched a perfect game, except for back to back home runs in the 2nd inning to Brian McRae and Butch Huskey. A PERFECT GAME! As rare as that feat is in baseball, it was quite a unique pitching performance that I witnessed. However, I don't recall hearing anything about the significance or lack thereof of such a feat. You'd have to think that someone in the back rooms of ESPN would have come up with an obscure stat pertaining to this! To show how rare I think this accomplishment is, can anyone recall a similar situation happening since this game in '98? Surely it would have been news worthy if it had been done, if only for the similar novelty of the event that I have never forgotten.

Oh well, it was a cool game, it wasn't a four hour snorer and, if you've never seen a Maddox, Ryan or Clemens just take over a ball game and spit out hitters, this was the next best thing on this day.

June 24, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Baltimore Orioles 3
revolve
February 8, 2002
I had a 6-pack of tickets that year and had bought the particular pack I did because it contained tickets to one of the Met-Yankee tilts at Shea. It also included this ho-hum affair against Baltimore. Some might find the chance to see Cal Ripken Jr. as exciting, but I cannot respect a man who stayed in a different hotel than his team did during road trips. In any event, the three things I remember about this game are: 1. The Mets winning it impressively, 2. the return to Shea of two prior Met failures in Pete Smith and Rich Becker (who fittingly, struck out) and 3. the girl fight two sections over. Since this game took place two nights before the first Met-Yankee game, tensions were bubbling to the point of boiling over. Even on Opening Day, after the Mets won, various "Yankees Suck!" chants would erupt. They were more persistent on this night, despite the stadium being half- empty. Anyway, somewhere in the middle of the game--maybe the 3rd or 4th inning, all I remember was that it was still twilight--a "Yankees Suck!' chant gained momentum to the right of where I was sitting in the Mezzannine by 1st base. Looking over, I saw two girls--one in Met colors, the other in Yankee colors--get in each other's face and commence to jaw at each other and then finally...trade blows. A few left hooks later,and one of them tumbled down into the next row. A few fans cheered--I'm assuming the Met girl won, since the Yankee fans were silent--and that was that. I don't even think the police were involved. In fact, I don't even think I saw an officer the whole night. Fortunately their presence was much more evident 2 nights later...

Sha-Le
January 23, 2013

This was the first Mets game I ever went to with my dad when I was 7 years old and in 2nd grade. After looking at the starting lineup for that night, I now realize even more why I feel a particular attachment as a fan to mediocre players like Baerga, McRae, Gilkey and Huskey. It's because they were some of the first players I saw for myself and that's why I remember some of the 1998 Mets so well.

June 26, 1998 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 8, Mets 4
Mets2Moon
April 28, 2004
Mel's Massacre.

The First ever Mets/Yankees game at Shea brought, shockingly, a sellout crowd (me in attendance), and saw Irabu and Leiter duke it out. Yanks scored their runs by running on CF McRae and his awful throwing arm. They must have scored 3 runs on singles with runners on second.

Rey Ordonez made an amazing grab of a Chad Curtis liner in the 2nd with the bases loaded and nearly turned it into a triple play. Posada just barely beat the relay to 1st.

Alfonzo and McRae homered off Hideki in the 5th, and the Mets led 4-3 into the 7th.

Then it happened.

Jeter dragged a bunt to the right side with a man on. Leiter, as best he could, pounced off the mound and got it, fell awkwardly, and couldn't get the throw off.

Leiter ended up injuring his knee and had to come out of the game (and on the DL with a strained patella tendon).

In comes the great, amazing Mel Rojas to pitch to O'Neill.

We all know what happened next.

1st pitch - BOOM. 6-4 Yanks.

Goodnight.

djh
April 23, 2011

I had a Boy Scout function at age 8 and when I got back home the game was underway. Key thing about this game is of course the Leiter knee injury. Up to this point he was maybe the first half front-runner for NL Cy Young. After suffering the injury he wouldn't be the same until 2000.

Mets also, if I remember correctly, took the names off of the back of their jerseys for this series, foreshadowing 1999.

June 27, 1998 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 7, Mets 2
Mike
February 4, 2003
I know it's kind of blasphemous for a Yankees fan to be posting on a Mets page, but this was the first Yankees game I ever attended. On the train I got a horrible headache, but I decided to continue to the game instead of heading back home. It was all worth it. I remember leaving the stadium amid cheers of "Let's Go Yankees!", louder than the home team's cheers. Needless to say, I joined them. Talk about visitor's advantage!

June 28, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, New York Yankees 1
i miss straw
October 10, 2004
What a wild game. Well pitched which was rare of Yoshii. I went to the game to see Strawberry who was awful. The ending was chaotic. I believe it was first and 3rd one out in the 9th for the Mets and some Met hit a fly ball to O'Neill for the 2nd out. O'Neill threw it in and I believe McRae was on 1st and Baerga on third. The ball came into first to try to double off McRae who must've been sleeping on the basepaths. The 1st base umpire called out, the home plate umpire called safe. Chaos ensued. The Mets fans went wild, when Baerga was called safe, then the Yankee fans went wild when McRae was called out, then Valentine came out argued the call and the umpires called Baerga safe and the Mets won and the crowd was crazy with cheers and boos. Fun ending.

Even Stephen
October 4, 2004

I remember watching this game on pins and needles. Hoping and praying the Mets would win. I just kept thinking there was no way we could get swept at home by the Yankees. To make things worse, the Mets were being no hit. But that old Met Magic prevailed and the Mets won it in the bottom of the 9th.

July 1, 1998 Skydome
Toronto Blue Jays 15, Mets 10
Chris Creamer
February 10, 2002
This was a great game for me! I'm a Jays fan, but I came to see the Mets for the first time that we could here in Toronto, and it turned out great for me!

During batting practice I caught a Rey Ordonez 'homer', a pretty awesome catch too! I just stuck my glove out in between two big guys and I felt a smack in the glove, got a nice round of applause from the SkyDome faithful.

Hideo left this game early due to some sort of injury, I can't recall what it was.

A Canada Day Classic! Fireworks after the game, 25 runs, and my first MLB Baseball!!

Phil Thiegou
April 22, 2010

WHOA!!! Where do I start? July lst is Canada Day in Canada (our 4th of July) so it was a holiday matinee so they opened the roof of the Sky Dome on this beautiful sunny day. Key word in that sentence is sunny. More on that later.

This was the beginning of the end for the brief and pathetic Mets careers of Hideo Nomo and Mel Rojas. Nomo got shelled in his brief outing. The Mets managed to get back in the game to take the lead. However Mel Rojas came in relief and stunk up the joint. He was so bad, after he hit a batter, me and a bunch of other Mets fans yelled at the umpire for not ejecting him for intentionally hitting him.

This game was one of the longest 9 inning games in MLB history, lasting almost 4 and a half hours, thus leaving me to bake in the Canadian sun for 4 l/2 hours. After the game was over, they closed the roof for a fireworks display. Then they re-opened the roof and you had the sun shining on the smoke left by the fireworks, so you felt like you were in a war zone, not a friendly baseball game.

When I left the Sky Dome, I noticed that I was bright pink from all that sun. When I got back home, everyone was wondering where I got so much sun. Miami? The Caribbean? Hawaii? No, Toronto, Canada. So Hideo Nomo, Mel Rojas and I got royally burnt that day.

July 2, 1998 Skydome
Mets 9, Toronto Blue Jays 1
John Douglas
July 4, 2004
As a Met fan living smack in the middle of Jay-land, this game was the first live Met victory I'd seen after the first two in this series ending up losses. Because of my work schedule, I considered skipping the game but eventually decided to go to Skydome and made it just as the anthems wrapped up.

The extra bonus as a Toronto person was seeing Dave Stieb make his first appearance in Toronto during his 1998 comeback.

July 5, 1998 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Michael SanPietro
October 12, 2006
Michael Tucker was out - he never touched the plate. I was at the game sitting in the outfield on a 90 degree high humdity day and left after 9 with the score 2-2 and got home to watch the replay.

July 10, 1998 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 8, Mets 6
Lee
May 9, 2005
There were two sad seasons that I can remember vividly where the Mets couldn't make the playoffs because of blown saves by one guy in the bullpen: in 2001, of course, there was Armando Benitez who ruined their almost-perfect September, and, in 1998, there was John Franco. I don't remember this night too well except I remember that I was there and John Franco lost his third consecutive game for the Mets and this was against the Expos; he had a 6-5 lead going into the ninth, and he lost it.

July 11, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Montreal Expos 4
Mets2Moon
April 16, 2001
As out of place as Todd Hundley looked in LF that night, it was just great to see him back in the lineup.

straightjacketk
August 18, 2002

At this game, Mezzanine to the right of homeplate. Hundley back in the lineup, so it was a glorious (and fleeting) day for us Hundley fans. Everytime he caught a fly ball he got a huge ovation, and you could see him smiling on the Diamond Vision.

DC
April 19, 2010

First ever Met game as an 8 year old, and I distinctly remember it was gym bag night because I toted that damn thing around for the rest of grammar school.

Olerud goes deep twice as the Mets take it to young Carl Pavano in Hundley's first game back.

July 12, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Montreal Expos 2
Peter
March 13, 2008
This was my first baseball game as a 10 year old. I was sitting with my parents in the left field mezzanine. I remember it was incredibly hot that day, and the sun was scorching. We had bought some ice cream and it was all melted in just a few minutes.

I remember my father telling me about how they had just acquired Mike Piazza, and how he was a big star in Los Angeles. Anyway, I don't remember too much about the game, but I'll never forget the moment Brian McRae hit a monster home run over the center field wall. I just watched the ball sail across the stadium. It was an incredible moment, and I'll always remember seeing the apple come out of the top hat.

July 18, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Mets2Moon
June 16, 2005
On Beach Towel day (whatever happened to Beach Towel day? I loved that promotion), a gorgeous afternoon to be at Shea, Mike Piazza belted 2 HRs.

This was, if I am not mistaken, the first of many multi-HR games Mike would have with the Mets.

July 19, 1998 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 6
Sha-Le
February 26, 2013
The second game I ever went to and despite a Mets loss, this apparently was quite a unique game. (I don't remember it too vividly because I was 7 years old at the time, but I do have the scorecard)

Bernard Gilkey hit his last homer as a Met in this game and Todd Pratt made the first of just four appearances at 1B as a Met.

July 21, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Shickhaus Franks
October 12, 2006
Sat in the picnic area bleachers for the first and only time ever on this night. A friend of mine nicknamed Bunny, btw his real first name was John, but everyone who knew him called him Bunny, got the 4 seats from another person who had won 'em on the late WCBS-FM 101.1. Talk about uncomfortable, I wish the bleachers had backs on them but me, Bunny, another friend Mickey and his brother Billy stuck it out until the final out in a game that saw Todd Hundley playing LF, Mike Piazza didn't play at all (Todd Pratt started at C) and Rick Reed pitching 8 shutout innings and striking out 9. It was also Queens Night and whenever a Mets player got up to bat, they would play the rumbling sound of the 7 train for some reason.

July 24, 1998 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 3
Richard Anderson
January 26, 2002
Well, both Game 1 and 2 were probably close to the most memorable regular season games I've attended--I was sitting 6 rows back between 3rd base and shallow left, my first trip to Wrigley with my travel contingent (brother, brother's brother-in-law (Doc), and Stu (heretofore refered to as Spammy)...A noon doubleheader, beautiful sunshine, AND A MET SWEEP-- Good natured ribbing of Todd Hundley as he mascaraded as a major league leftfielder...significant beer consumption, great conversation in the stands with "Darned nice Mid-westerners"..a kid grabbed a foul ball next to us in his first baseball game..Doc needed one as he got some sunburn-- Poisonous Sunburn, and thus was moving kind of slow due to it..but the best part was post game festivities...A trip across the street to the famed "Pink House"...The 4 of us bought out Juan the icecream cart vendor for $50, and was our ticket to a keg party upstairs...Grooving to the sound of "Smack my bitch up" by Prodigy, watching my bro holding court with recent college grads on a lounge chair with perfect view of homeplate...watching the groundscrew manicure the magic of Wrigley as the sun set...the walk over to Slugger's for more cocktails ..A Perfect Baseball Day...Unfortunately the hangover lasted 2 days with both Met losses Sat./Sun....good matchup on the Sunday though...Kerry Wood vs. Rick Reed! Wrigley is the best ballpark, BAR NONE!

July 29, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, San Diego Padres 6
Mets2Moon
September 27, 2001
Mel Rojas won this game, huh? Well, let me tell you this. I was at this game and the only reason Mel Rojas won this game was because Luis Lopez hit a sac fly in the last of the 7th after Smell had BLOWN A 4-RUN LEAD!!!

August 1, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Mets2Moon
March 10, 2004
Remember games like this in 98 and 99, and even into 2000, when Rick Reed would absolutely pitch his heart out and end up on the short end of the stick?

This shaped up like one of those games. Scoreless in the 8th, Lopez made an error which allowed the Dodgers to take a 1-0 lead.

LA brought in closer Jeff Shaw to pitch the 9th. It was Hispanic night or Asian night, I forget which, but the stadium was absolutely packed for this one.

With 1 out, Matt Franco pinch hit for Ordonez and absolutely blasted one high and deep and into the RF bullpen to tie the game 1-1. Everyone went totally nuts.

Hundley pinch-hit for Reed and walked and was sacrificed to 2nd. Alfonzo ripped a 2B deep into the gap in left center, Hundley scored and the crowd was damn near ready to rush the field.

And, guess who the winning pitcher was...

RICK REED!

Great game, great win. One of the best games I've ever been to.

Jesse
January 10, 2005

I grew up in South Florida, and this summer, this was the only game I was able to get to at Shea when we were visiting family in NY. Usually I had gotten to two or three games, but this was my one in '98. And what a game to be at. Mets2Moon describes it perfectly, and I just remember going crazy. It was also nice because I still remember feeling bad for Hundley at the time, with all the Piazza stuff, and it was cool to have him involved in the win. Great game. Fun game. Shea was packed--awesome memory.

August 4, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, San Francisco Giants 6
Mets2Moon
June 16, 2005
File this one as another of the wild and wacky 1998 Mets games.

Giants take a 4-0 lead on Leiter. But the Mets battled back in the 6th. Todd Pratt drilled a 2-run single, followed by an RBI single from Tony Phillips and an RBI groundout by Alfonzo. Luis Lopez doubled home a run in the 7th, and the Mets took a 6-4 lead into the 9th.

Except that it was another one of those John Franco 9ths. He gives up a quick run and has the tying run on base. 2 outs, 2 strikes on Bonds, you know he's going to turn over that changeup and try to drop it in on the inside corner.

Bonds lined it into RF for the tying hit. Franco was mercilessly booed as the inning ended.

In the 10th, Jose Mesa came in for the Giants and loaded the bases with nobody out. Piazza hit a shot, but right at Aurilia at SS, who threw home for the force. 1 out.

Brian McRae chopped one out to Snow at 1B. He threw home for the force. 2 out.

It came down to Lenny Harris. Harris worked the count full, then fouled off several borderline pitches from Mesa. Trying to get one he could hit. Waiting for Mesa to miss.

Finally, Mesa threw one in the dirt. Harris trotted to first, Olerud trotted home and the Mets took home a W.

August 5, 1998 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 6, Mets 4
Zach
November 24, 2004
First Met game in 5 years. Was a little disapointing with a 6-4 loss, but I remember Olerud throwing home to get Bonds on a triple play, and then Bonds got robbed of a home run by Brian McRae. The boo birds were out for him.

August 12, 1998 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 4
Mike A.
June 1, 2008
Weird that this loss sticks out so vividly in my mind watching it on TV.

Probably because Mike Piazza hit a mammoth HR that almost went into the upper deck of Busch Stadium, almost rivaled many of McGwire's moonshots that year.

Also one of the last games of the year (...and ten seasons since then!!) that the Mets wore their blue caps on the road.

Please, Omar Minaya and/or Charlie Samuels...ditch the black and bring back the BLUE!!

August 18, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Colorado Rockies 2
David M.
February 4, 2002
I was not at this game but on vacation in Colorado at the time. I watched this game at a bar/grill/restaurant in Colorado and drove the Rockies fan insane! Great game. We also won the back end of the double header too.

August 18, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Colorado Rockies 3
Mets2Moon
March 10, 2004
Mets were stifled by John Thomson, then a rookie, in this game, into the 7th. Piazza came off the bench, Mets were down 3-1, was booed (as was the norm back in these days) for some ungodly reason, with the bases loaded, and he slammed (and I mean SLAMMED) a 3-run 2B to give the Mets the lead. Lenny Harris hit a HR in the 8th to ice a great comeback win.

August 20, 1998 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 0
Mets2Moon
September 27, 2001
The Home Run Chase brings a sellout crowd (myself included) to Shea. McGwire is cheered when he comes to bat, cheered when he strikes out, and cheered when he hits a solo HR in the 7th off Willie Blair. A towering blast into the LF bleachers. That HR happened to be his 50th on the season, on his way to what may very well be the former record of 70.

August 20, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
David Lynch
November 18, 2004
This game and double header is one that I will never forget so long as I live. I was 18 years old and my parents got me tickets to see the game because I wanted so badly to see Mark McGwire on his quest to break Maris' record.

They got me field level seats on the first base side and boy was I in for a treat. McGwire hit numbers 50 and 51 and I can still see him rounding first base after he hit number 50, pumping his right fist in the air as he ran by. He knew (at the time) that he was the first player in MLB history to hit 50 or more home runs in 3 consecutive seasons.

When I meet fellow Mets fans who say they were at this game though, there is always something that they seem to forget. Mike Piazza gave McGwire a moment for pause as if to say, ya, well I can hit 'em out too. Piazza had a MONSTER shot in the second game of the double header past the visitor's bullpen in left field that went over the trees behind the dugout. I can't remember if it left the stadium, but it was certainly the closest I've ever seen anyone do it at Shea Stadium. I remember thinking to myself, "Ya, eat some humble pie Mark, you're not quite there yet."

murphy
August 18, 2005

I traded in a ticket from a previous rain-out to see this double header. The Mets and Cards were playing back-to-back double headers on Thursday and Friday. Most will remember Game 1 as McGwire hit his 50th and Willie Blair had his best game as a Met.

However, I remember Game 2 more clearly for 2 reasons:
1. After a horrendous start to the game, including serving up a monster blast to McGwire right down the left-field line, Rick Reed battled the Cards and refused to lose. He gave the Mets offense a chance to get the win instead of collapsing, which he easily could have done. Reed was a warrior that day.

2. Piazza's monster of a home run over the bleachers in left. It was one of the most majestic shots I've ever seen (only his shot off of Mike Hampton at Shea which hit the top of the TV camera stand in center sticks in my mind as a more beautiful home run).

August 21, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Greg
September 17, 2002
McGwire Fever! Poor sports, my pal and I booed him while everyone else cheered. Nothing against Big Mac, we were just concerned that our team, the home team, won and hung in in the very sweaty wild card race. A really drunk, really large guy sitting in front of us, wearing a McGwire batting practice jersey (haven't seen any of them lately, surprising considering it wasn't all that long ago and they must be pretty expensive) cursed us out. "Who do the Mets have?" he demanded. "Rusty Staub?" The great moment of this game was Turk striking out McGwire with runners on. The Wild Card dream would torture us right to the end of this mixed bag season, but at least we won this battle.

Steve Rogers
June 9, 2004

I'm at this game against the Cardinals in 1998 and every time McGwire gets up these kids who are wearing Cardinal McGwire 25 shirts who wouldn't know who holds the record for most HRs in a rookie season (hint, its Mark McGwire) all cheering and going nuts for McGwire and I'm muttering to myself "I'd really would love to flip these kids a double bird and tell them to **** off." Well when Reynoso struck him out I muttered, "I think Reynoso did it for me!"

Steve Sullivan
December 18, 2007

I remember sitting in the last row of the upper deck. This is what baseball is all about, 1-0 game, any swing can win or tie the game. Unfortunately half the fans missed the end because they all left after McGwire's last at bat.

August 23, 1998 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3
Lee
May 20, 2005
I was at this game on a hot, sticky, summer day at Shea and they were facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. Though I had known Bernard Gilkey had been traded to the Diamondbacks, it really felt weird seeing him playing in a D-Backs uniform just a month after I had watched him play in a Mets uniform and just two days after I had first seen the movie Men in Black where he appears in a Mets uniform when he is hit in the head with a batted ball.

It seemed like one of those easy days because our ace Al Leiter was facing Brian Anderson, a guy who one season gave up more homers than any other pitcher in baseball. However, despite a homer by Alfonzo, Anderson pitched well, Leiter didn't pitch as well, and the Mets lost 4-3.

D.C.
September 26, 2013

Second game at Shea for me, went with my father and my friend's family.

I remember it being obnoxiously hot and an odd series because it was a three-gamer that started on a Saturday and ended on Monday. Just a bad loss to a bad team which culminated in a series loss the following day.

August 29, 1998 Dodger Stadium
Mets 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
David M.
February 4, 2002
What a topsy-turvy game! I remember watching this game from a cheap hotel in Kingman, AZ(where it was at least 105 degrees at that day) on my way to Los Angeles for the Sunday and Monday games. It was FOX's Saturday Game of the Week. I remember being nervous as Franco put men on base in the 9th inning. I was worried he'd blow. But in Franco fashion, he pulled it together and the Mets won!! I was excited for the Mets playoff hopes on this night.

September 1, 1998 Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego Padres 9, Mets 8
Jon
March 15, 2002
This game was memorable for a couple reasons: We overcame a 6-1 deficit with a 7-run 7th inning highlighted by Piazza's 3-run bomb. Wendell and Cook summarily blew the lead and we lost the game, and ground in the wild card race. Real gut-punch. The other interesting thing was that this game was Jay Payton's long-awaited major league debut. He went 2-for-2 with 2 singles.

September 4, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
Bobby
October 13, 2005
When I was only 6 years old, I distinctly remember being at the game on Mike Piazza's birthday in which he hit a towering home run into the left field bleachers. As a small child, a home run was an amazing thing to see. I will remember this day for my entire life. Thanks for the memories, Mike.

Putbeds 1986
April 1, 2006

I remember watching this game but only the last few innings because we had just come back from the 2nd night of my mother's wake (She was buried the next day). It was Piazza's 30th birthday and after the booing he had to put up with, it was sweet validation that he would be a Met in 1999. Looking at the boxscore just now is a treat in itself with the Braves having Ozzie Guillen (Current WS champion manager) lead off and play SS and a then unknown "inbred" named John Rocker pitching a scoreless 8th on the mound in his "favorite" ballpark. It was a classic Glavine vs Leiter matchup. One more thing, if the new SNY channel shows Mets classic games, lets hope they put this one on down the road.

September 5, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
John K
April 9, 2004
A beautiful late summer day. Tony Phillip's high point as a Met. He hit a late inning homer to lead the Mets to victory. If Tony Phillips can hit a homer off a tough lefty (O. Perez?) to win a game, then justice can prevail.

September 6, 1998 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 0
Bob P
July 13, 2004
Andruw Jones homered in the seventh inning off Rick Reed, giving him 27 for the season and 50 for his career. Jones became the third-youngest player to reach 50 career homers. Only Mel Ott and Tony Conigliaro were younger when they hit their 50th career home run.

John Smoltz pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out twelve.

September 7, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 7
john foster
April 10, 2003
I remember this was the day Mark McGuire tied Maris's record and the game was delayed by a wicked blowing rainstorm that brought Bobby Valentine out to hold down the tarp. Also it was a day game and the sky turned jet black during the delay.

September 8, 1998 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 16, Mets 4
Bob P
March 7, 2004
Maybe some strange things happening because of the date (9-8-98)?

The Phillies hit a team-record seven home runs in this game. Two came off starter Hideo Nomo and three more came off Mel Rojas.

One of the homers Rojas allows is a pinch-homer by Marlon Anderson, which comes in Anderson's first major league at bat.

Shickhaus Franks
January 24, 2007

What is it about the Mets getting blown out at the old Vet? (A 26-7 blowout in June '85) come to mind. However, I was going back & forth between this blowout & Mark "I'm not here to talk about the past" McGuire breaking Roger Maris single season HR record on this Tuesday Night.

September 13, 1998 Olympic Stadium
Mets 1, Montreal Expos 0
John K
April 9, 2004
Watched this game on TV. The Mets had a slim lead in the wild card race. Willie Blair was tremendous for the Mets. Expos' pitcher was equally tough. Mets took a one-zip lead in the 8th. Game ends as Brian McRae playing CF throws a bullet to Hundley, who tags out the potential tying run in a bang-bang play the the plate. Mets win 1-0. Maybe the last high point of Hundley's Mets' career.

September 14, 1998 Astrodome
Mets 7, Houston Astros 4
Mark
October 13, 2005
WOW! Did the Mets really use 25 players in this game? I guess this could only happen in September after the rosters are expanded.

Ed K
October 12, 2007

Using 25 players set a Met record later tied on 9-19-00 against the Braves in Atlanta.

September 16, 1998 Astrodome
Mets 4, Houston Astros 3
skarz
December 25, 2001
I thought the Mets were going to the playoffs after this game. With Piazza tying it in the 9th, then Hundley's most important Mets homer (and sadly his last), I thought the 10-year playoff drought would finally be ending. Instead, I remember it as the last time my favorite player would win a game for my favorite team.

Jimmy D.
April 25, 2003

Deep to right. Hidalgo looks up..and it's outta here!! Great Piazza HR to tie game and great call by Gary Cohen on the radio.

Jon
September 23, 2005

Many people overlook, what I feel, is one of the greatest all time regular season series in Mets history. The Mets were in the heat of the wild card hunt in late September of '98, while the Astros were looking to officially win the division. Both teams played their hearts out in a four game series (featuring one double header) at the Astrodome. The Mets took three of four in dramatic fashion with I believe three of the games going to extra innings. This game featured one of Piazza's amazing clutch opposite field homers against flame thrower Billy Wagner. This was a good time to be a Met fan with the unforgettable '99 season a year away and the World Series 2000 team to follow. We were on the verge of something.

Gregory Gewirtz
November 8, 2006

Cohen's radio call was replayed during the opening for WFAN Mets games throughout much of the 1999 season. It was something to the effect of "Swing and a drive deep towards the gap in right center field, looking up Hidalgo, IT'S OUTA HERE! PIAZZA GOES DEEP! A THREE-RUN HOMER IN THE NINTH OFF BILLY WAGNER! AND THE METS LEAD IT 3 TO 2!" It was a very long call, mentioning also that it was Piazza's 200th career homer, and the biggest hit of the year thus far for the Mets.

When you listen to Rose's TV call ("High fly ball, deep right field - that will be OUTTA HERE! HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT? MIKE PIAZZA GIVES THE METS THE LEAD!!"), you can hear Cohen screaming from the next booth. Cohen and Rose were yelling as loud and as emotionally as you have ever heard them, playoffs included.

vinny
October 4, 2006

I was at this game in Houston. One of the best games ever with one of the most clutch at-bats by Piazza off Wagner to give the Mets the lead inthe ninth.

JFK
February 2, 2007

I agree with Jon; this was one of the greatest regular season series I ever saw. Every time the Mets needed an out, there was Turk Wendell.

Michael
February 13, 2008

Absolutely the great regular season series in our history. I ran across the house when Piazza went deep.

Jon
October 29, 2010

I actually would love to hear Gary Cohen talk about this series one day during a Mets game. Knowing him I actually believe he would agree that this is one of the all-time great regular season series in Mets history.

Ed Zupan
February 13, 2014

I live in NY and have been a lifelong Met fan. I was at the game with a co-worker; we drove from Austin that night. My one-and-only game in the Astrodome. It was great when Piazza homered in the ninth off Wagner. I still have the ticket stub and came across it last night. I believe this is the only game when Piazza and Hundley homered for the Mets in the same game.

September 18, 1998 Shea Stadium
Florida Marlins 7, Mets 6
Jon
September 21, 2000
This won't be remembred as well as any of the final 5 chokes in '98, but I almost knew we lost it on this night, a Friday with a full house at Shea. I sat there in the Mezz above the auxilary scoreboard and watched Franco cough up a 3(?) run lead in a game we absolutely HAD to win... Brant Brown had dropped a flyball sparking a total Cubs giveaway earlier that day in Chicago (we were in a 3-team race for the WC with the Giants and Cubs and every game counted). That long post-game walk down the ramps at Shea that night was the ugliest I've ever seen Shea. That's saying something!

Jon
January 29, 2001

I've been informed this wasn't the same day as the Brant Brown goof... ooops. Everything else was true I swear.

Lee
June 23, 2004

I went to this game and sat behind home plate on the first base side and the Mets were winning 6-4 but in came Franco, Mr. Blow-it-All, and definitely not Mr. Reliable, and he gave up 3 runs and totally blew the game. After this loss, I was really angry because, once the Mets lost this game, I knew that they weren't going to get by the Giants and the Cubs in the playoff race. We came out of the stadium and everyone was chanting "Let's Go Yankees" and I joined in. That's how mad I was.

Michael
March 18, 2008

The forgotten game that really killed our chances in the 98 wild card race.

Shickhaus Franks
March 28, 2008

According to retrosheet.org; 34,862 attended this game and I was there with my 2 nephews who had gotten the tickets through a family friend. A tough loss for the Amazins and if you look at the lineup for this game for the '98 Marlins (who were somewhat depleted after Mr. Blockbuster Huizenga's fire sale) you will see 2 future Mets: Cliff Floyd (who homered) and Luis Castillo.

September 23, 1998 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 3, Mets 0
Mike
June 18, 2009
Although we blew it against the Braves the last series of the season, I really feel it was the two games at home against the Expos that ruined the season. I still remember Todd Pratt striking out to end the game...

September 25, 1998 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 5
Charlie
December 11, 2001
This was the game where Jay Payton got a case of mistaken identity: he thought his name was "WALTER" Payton and -- while representing the tying run -- was gunned down trying to go 1st to 3rd on a shallow base hit.

Shickhaus Franks
September 28, 2010

A very bittersweet game for the Amazin's, not only they lost; it was also the last Mets game to be telecast on WWOR-TV (Channel 9) after 37 wonderful seasons. After the '98 season all local over-the-air (aka non-cable) games have wound up on WPIX (Channel 11). As the legendary rocker Chrissy Hynde once sang "Part of my childhood was gone". Speaking of rocker; the then-quiet John Rocker got the save for Atlanta but that Macon redneck would NOT be quiet for long.

September 26, 1998 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 0
Anthony
August 20, 2009
What I remember most is just sitting in front of the TV and bawling like a baby after this one was over. Although there was still hope, it was highly unlikely that Armando Reynoso was going to be able to outpitch Greg Maddux the next day. It looked like those playoff tickets we had received were going to be refunded. In light of the chokes each of the previous two years, why does it seem like this mini-choke is never referenced?

September 27, 1998 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 7, Mets 2
Anthony
September 4, 2003
This game just might be the most heartbreaking since I have really started rooting for the Mets back late in the 1992 season when I was ten. We have a share in season tickets, and the playoff tickets had arrived right before this awful Braves series started. I really thought they had the wild card won, especially after taking three out of four from the first place Astros in a wild series in Houston. The fact that we already had recieved the playoff tickets made it all the more painful. How could they go from beating the Astros three out of four on the road to losing two to the last place Expos at home? Then, of course they were doomed to go to Atlanta for three. As I remember, the major mistake Bobby V. made was starting Armando Reynoso instead of Hideo Nomo.

Armando Reynoso had like an 0-6 record with like an ERA of 6.00 career against the Braves. It cost them majorly.

I was in tenth grade, and had the stupid walk-a-thon at my stupid high school the next day. I wore my Mets shirt under a fleece. This girl I am aquantances with who is a big Yankee fan, made a comment at me about the Mets, and opened her coat to show me a 1996 World Champion Yankees shirt she had on. Ohhh, did I want to whack her even though she is coool.

Lee
October 20, 2004

There are three games in sports that have always got to me and it feels just as bad everytime I watch the highlights. One is the game where Adam Vinatieri kicks the game-winning field goal in the last super bowl against the Panthers to end the dream, even though they had come so close. The second was the game when the Red Sox almost made the World Series last year but somehow those Yankees managed to come back and then Aaron Boone hit the home run, you know the story. The other one, however (probably the most heartbreaking one) was this game because I had so much faith in the Mets and the Mets needed to win this final game against the Braves while the Giants and Cubs both lost to force a three-way tie for the wild card lead for the first time in history. The Giants and Cubs both did lose their games and all the Mets needed to do was defeat the Braves but Armando Reynoso ruined any hope they had and Andruw Jones caught the fly ball that ended the Mets dreams.

Steve
September 19, 2007

What I remember about the game was Hideo Nomo who practically owned the Braves in his career, not starting the game after Bobby V had asked him to.






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