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METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF GAMES FROM THE 2003 SEASON
March 31, 2003 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 15, Mets 2
Ira Klapper
September 11, 2003
Ah 2003...the year to erase those horrible 2002 memories. I flew home from school in Indiana for a chance to see new "ace" Tom Glavine and the new look Mets. We sat in the Upper Deck and got there really early and were ready for a new Mets beginning. Tom HORRIFIC threw strike one and the entire section erupted as though to erase the horrors of 2001-2002. After that Tom the Brave walked the leadoff hitter and gave up 4 runs, including an error by new Met Cliff Floyd (to officially earn his Mets "stripes"). Horrible opening day. Cedeno lost a fly ball for a three run triple. What a long trip for a 15-2 game which just helped to prolong a miserable season!!!

Mitch45
November 10, 2003

It was during this game that I realized that the season was over.

Russell J. Lydon
August 20, 2004

Coldest day of my life. I was in the outfield Loge and wearing 2 turtlenecks, sweatshirt, my snow white Mets jersey and a jacket with a skull cap and I was still shaking in my seats. Not even Dunkin Donuts coffee helped. Back to the game, I can remember leaving my seats in the 3 inning and going to Casey's 37 and standing in a SRO crowd and Mets officials had to kick everyone out because they were closing. By time this happend, it was already 15-3 and knowing that they lost the game. I'll never forget a bunch of us yelling at Lenny Harris begging him to come back. One of only 2 games I attending during the 2003 season.

Michael Bernstein
January 17, 2006

I drove down from Springfield Massachussets to play hooky with my five-year-old daughter. There were so many extra cars that I had to park on a grassy patch by the service road. I bundled my daughter inside my coat and carried her across the parking area promising hot chocolate the whole way. Little did I know that the hot chocolate would run out even faster than hope in the Mets season. We didn't budge from our seat for hours, frozen in place, taking in the massacre in front of us. Glavine fell apart. The great Mike Bascik gave up approximately 100 runs. Sosa didn't even hit a homer. [It would have been a tiny consolation prize by then.] It was frigid and very painful and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Brian
November 29, 2007

I remember I had gotten a Tom Glavine jersey for Christmas that year and wore it to opening day. Boy that was the worst weather I ever encountered going to a game; it was horrendously cold. We left around the 6th inning just in time to miss the Bascik debacle. I remember slamming my Glavine jersey off at the stadium and getting back to my dad's car, only to hear that the score was 15-2. I go to my dad and say, "Guarantee Mike Bascik came in." Sure enough.

Gordon
March 12, 2013

After sitting in the upper deck for 3 innings, my friend and I were not sure if we were at a Jets or Mets game! It was sooo cold; the Mets fell behind early and the temperature was unbearable. We had Diamond Club access and decided it was best to watch the remainder of the game indoors. However, when we arrived at the DC door, it was advised to us that it was full and we were denied access. We were pondering our next move when a woman came to the door and was told the same info. She became irate, claiming to spend ten grand per year at Shea and demanded a supervisor. The guard left his post to obtain a higher up, but left the door unattended. Acting like two HS kids, we dashed in and didn't look back. We watched the Cubs over-run the Mets, but we were warm and our stomachs full! lol For all I know, that woman is still standing at the door waiting to get in.

April 4, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Montreal Expos 0
Brian
April 19, 2003
Welcome back to New York David Cone! 5 innings and 2 hits along with 5 k's. A game I'll never forget while I'm a Mets fan. I'm getting my cone heads out right now. Good luck in NY Cone!

SI Metman
August 2, 2003

I drove 3 hours home from SUNY Binghamton to Staten Island and picked up my girlfriend and drove another hour to Shea to see Coney's comeback game. We nearly froze to death since the temperature lingered in the low 30's for most of the game with wind chills in the 20's and teens. The stadium seemed nearly empty, but there were plenty of Coneheads around.

Cone retired the 1st 8 guys in a row, including getting Vlad to whiff. I kept thinking to myself that he was going to pitch a no-no in his 1st game back. Then Tomo Ohka managed to get a hit through the middle off of him. Still, Coney gave it all, and as we found out later in the season, that was probably all that he had left.

Anthony
August 2, 2003

I went to this game. If I did not know better, I would have thought it was an October game. It was majorly cold. It was me, Dennis (my brother-in-law), Rich (my roommate from school), and my dad. I did not expect the game to go the way it did considering the Expos came in with a 3-0 record, and the Mets were starting a 40-year old David Cone. My dad, Rich, and I waited in the cold before the game with other people outside the Diamond Club. I am studying criminal law in school, and even ran into a guy who happened to be a criminal prosecuter. My dad expected me to play "20 Questions" with him, knowing how I am with that topic. We ate at the Diamond Club, and met Dennis for the game. It was awesome! After Mo Vaughn made that error to load the bases for Vladmir Guerrero, Dennis yelled "eat a salad" at Mo Vaughn. The best was when David Cone blew away Vladmir Guerrero on what I believe was a 2-2 pitch. After he blew him away, the song from the end of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" played loudly from the stadium speakers. The crowd was awesome. The Mets went on to win behind five innings of two-hit ball from David Cone, and some good offense. An awesome highlight in what I did expect to be such a miserable season.

Ed K
April 5, 2007

This was a marvelous game - what was really Cone's final signature appearance. He had three more starts (all losses) after this and went on the DL in late April. In May, he came back for one relief appearance before calling it quits. But this game was his final win and done in horrible conditions: snow flurries and drizzle. It really was a shame he did not try to play at all in 2002 (apparently waiting for a call from the Yankees that never came) because he probably would have gotten his 200th win if he had.

April 9, 2003 Dolphin Stadium
Florida Marlins 3, Mets 2
rob sayegh
January 19, 2004
About 9,000 fans in the house in Florida. These fans deserve a World Championship? 64,000 fans for World Series but these slack-jawed yokels can't come out to a regular season game. Who would have thought as the Mets blow the lead on a cold April night of 47 degrees here that Florida would be World Champs?

April 13, 2003 Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Montreal Expos 2, Mets 1
Gilinfiji
April 14, 2003
I live in California and while I was listening to the Angels' game on the radio, I heard the update: Mets 1, Expos 0 in the bottom of the ninth. I got a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I knew it was time for the inevitable Armando Meltdown. I wouldn't trust this guy to lock my front door, or pet-sit my cat, let alone close a Major League Baseball game. Even Mel Rojas, Rich Rodriguez and Donne Wall are laughing at this guy. The back of Armando's jersey needs to have "Benitez" replaced with the word that best describes his performance: "Flammable."

APetrie
July 11, 2012

I believe this was the infamous Rey Sanchez haircut game, where he got a trim in the clubhouse during game play.

Gordon
November 28, 2014

Working for an airline helps when traveling to Mets road games! I flew to San Juan for the game. I was surprised there was not an official scorecard; however Banco Popular had their own, featuring all of the Puerto Rican players from the visiting teams. Although, he was not good with the Mets, Sandy Alomar was still the featured visiting player for the local fans. I was almost squashed against the infield fence trying to obtain an autograph. I managed to have Sandy sign his pic on the program and that was the highlight of the day! The Mets lost 2-1. I also recall the intense heat of the afternoon sun! The following day, before leaving the Island, I persuaded a local liquor store employee to give me the Expo banner with all of the team logos; including the Mets! It's amazing what a $20 bill will buy!

April 17, 2003 PNC Park
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Bob P
April 28, 2006
This was Jay Seo's first major league victory. He pitched seven scoreless innings and was helped by Mo Vaughan's four hits and four RBI.

April 19, 2003 Shea Stadium
Florida Marlins 6, Mets 5
Supermet
April 24, 2003
I'm flying around my room in joy as I watch Robbie Alomar get what was supposed to be the game winning 2 rbi double in the eight inning. And then Armando Scrubenitez rips my heart out again as usual. I want this guy off the damn team. I am so sick and tired of this bum that I would personally pack his bags for him and literally pay for his plane ticket that way he can be gone. How many more saves does Armando have to blow so that Art clueless Howe can use someone else, like Scott Strickland, as the closer?! MY LIFE IS HELL THANKS TO ARMANDO!

April 22, 2003 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 6, Mets 2
Jon
January 12, 2011
I was at this game, which turned out to be the final start of David Cone's career (2 IP, 3 Hits, 3 walks, 2 runs). Tim Redding, who'd eventually become one of the most pointless players in Mets history, started and won for the Astros.

April 23, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Houston Astros 2
Shari
April 24, 2003
I had to leave the room tonight when I saw Benitez come in to pitch the 9th with a 2 run lead. I checked the score after the game was over and saw it was the same as when I left. I think I missed a rare miracle, although I'm sure the big baby didn't get a 1-2-3 inning.

April 27, 2003 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Mets 1
Ken Akerman
May 1, 2003
Great game for the Diamondbacks. Rookie Brandon Webb struck out ten in seven scoreless innings in his first major league start to earn the win, and Craig Counsell tied his career high with four RBI. The Mets committed three errors, resulting in two unearned runs.

April 27, 2003 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Mets 3
Ken Akerman
April 30, 2003
Doubleheader sweep for the Diamondbacks. Randy Johnson came off the disabled list to strike out 12 in six innings to earn his first win of the year. With this win, the Diamondbacks finished their nine-game, three-city road trip with a winning record (5-4).

While this was a good day for the Diamondbacks, but a terrible day for the Mets. The Mets committed five errors in this game, giving them a total of eight errors made in the doubleheader. They struck out 27 times during the day, a major- league record for an 18-inning doubleheader. The Mets were swept by the Diamondbacks in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium for the second straight year.

Lee Devereaux
May 30, 2014

My mom had never seen the Mets win in person. I bought tickets when Saturday's game got rained out, thinking that, hey, it's 2 games...they've gotta win at least one (the Mets owned Randy Johnson). She has never seen the Mets win in person to this day. She's been as close as 2 outs away, but she is cursed I guess.

April 30, 2003 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 13, Mets 4
Bob P
May 2, 2003
I do believe, but I'm not 100% sure, that this is the first time in the glorious 42 year history of this franchise that they have given up 13 or more runs in consecutive games.

Lucky me! I've been a fan since day one.

As the brilliant sign held up after the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994 said, "Now I can die in peace."

May 2, 2003 Miller Park
Mets 9, Milwaukee Brewers 3
Paulie
August 28, 2007
I remember it being Mo Vaughn's last game as a Met (Thank God!)

May 8, 2003 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Mets 1
The Mook (again)
November 15, 2003
A forgettably obscure game in a forgettably obscure year. A cold, gray May night with the season already fading fast and hoplessness and futility ahead.

But then somewhere between the fifth and sixth innning, looking down over the field where Seaver pitched, Bud and Pete tussled; Daryl,Dwight, Keith ,Gary starred;and where a soft dribbler up the first base line by Mookie found its way through the gnarled pedal extremities of the near great Bill Buckner; there smiling benevelolently on the Dimondvision was the beautiful face of my seven year old daughter. The camera continued to zoom in until her visage filled the screen, her gaze directed downward as if an angel forgiving these sad sack 2003 Mets their ineptitude. My life as a fan was complete

May 9, 2003 Shea Stadium
San Diego Padres 5, Mets 4
TheBig H
September 8, 2009
While the Mets announcers kept commenting and kidding how old Jesse Orosco was, he came into the game and delivered what proved to be his last major league save.

May 10, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, San Diego Padres 2
Bob P
September 30, 2003
Mike Piazza hit the game winning home run in the bottom of the tenth inning of this game off Jaret Wright to give the Mets a 4-2 win.

These two runs would turn out to be the only extra inning runs the Mets would score all season!!!

Joe Figliola
October 3, 2003

Bob, I was in the stands for that game. And the part you mentioned about those two runs being the only extra-inning runs the Amazin's would score in '03 is incredible.

Anyway, I nearly missed out on all the excitement. In the middle of the 10th inning, I had to take a whizz. I said to myself, "Y'know, I have a feeling that the Mets are going to win this because the bottom half of the inning is about to begin, I'm in the men's room, and someone's gonna do something and I'm going to miss it."

I make it back in time just as Bell makes contact and gets on base. And no sooner than I sit down I'm right back up on my feet as Piazza's bomb goes over the left field fence.

My timing could not have been more perfect.

Phil Thiegou
January 5, 2004

Being a big Mo Vaughn fan (yes, I know...bite my tounge) I was looking forward to Mo Vaughn bobblehead doll day. Little did I know that Mo's injury earlier in the week could not only end his season but his career, and wreak even more havoc on the disasterous career Mo had here in Flushing. How unusual that the Mets were honoring a player with a bobblehead doll that may never play for the Mets again, not to mention the following month was John Franco bobblehead doll day, and we weren't sure when or if he was coming back from Tommy John surgery. Well, I got my bobblehead and when I was leaving someone left theirs behind and I figured I could make a few bucks on eBay with it. N0THING!!! I even tried listing it for $5. N0THING!!! Even Mo's bobblehead doll is just as worthless as he is/was.

As for the game, when Benitez came in to finish off the 8th, he got a bigger round of boos usually reserved for John Rocker or Larry Jones, Jr. (Chipper to everyone else) He made it through the 8th and barely blew it in the 9th. Then in the bottom of the lOth, look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane...IT'S SUPER MIKE PIAZZA and along with his trusty bat Mizuno, belts the game winning home run preserving truth, justice and the Mets way.

original mets
May 7, 2009

I was at this game with my son who was 11 at the time. We sat in the right field loge seats right above the auxiliary scoreboard. The RF for the Padres that day was future Met Xavier Nady and the CF was Shane Victorino (when no one knew him) What I remember about this game was Piazza's HR and going to Bloomingdale's after the game to buy my lovely wife a Mothers Day gift.

Jon
January 14, 2011

I was also at this game. Benitez didn't hurt the Mets this day; he helped them.

He entered the game in fact with a 2-0 count on Xavier Nady and struck him out swinging. He came in because Scott Strickland was injured: As it turned out Strickland never appeared again for the Mets. This game also marked what would be the only major league start for the Padres pitcher, a little lefty named Roger Deago, who did pretty well.

Did the team use pink bats in this game? There is nothing on my scorecard indicating that.

May 13, 2003 Coors Field
Colorado Rockies 9, Mets 8
Larry
May 16, 2003
Just when you thought the Mets bats MIGHT have actually started to wake up and the pitching settling down and going for a 4-game win streak, the Mets promptly go out and blow a 7-1 lead in the last 2 innings... unbelievable. just unbelievable. And to think they didn't even need the help of Benitez to blow this one! Can it get any worse? Oh wait, it can! The Mets go out the next day and get a couple in the top of the first and proceed to lose that one as well. When will it end?

Shari
May 16, 2003

Art, Art, Art. I know you managed in the AL, but everyone knows that a 7-run lead in Colorado is like having a 1 run lead at Shea. When you are in last place in the NL East and have the chance to put together a 4 game winning streak-YOU DO NOT DECIDE TO "GIVE THE KIDS IN THE BULLPEN SOME WORK" What is wrong with you? I went to bed that night and it was 7-0 in the 7th inning and I figured what could go wrong? When I woke up the next morning and saw the Mets lost 9-8 because of stupidity I couldn't believe it. Why didn't you leave Glavine in the game? He put some runners on base? So what? He probably would have won 7-2 or 7-4 and gotten a complete game.

I'm starting to think your winning record in Oakland was strickly because of the players you had and not because of your savvy managing skills. First you cause a Media Blitzkrieg in the locker room the other night on Piazza without talking to him beforehand (not that moving to first base was a surprise to him but you could have let him know you were going public with the idea) and now this.

May 16, 2003 Pacific Bell Park
San Francisco Giants 7, Mets 5
Putbeds 62
January 3, 2006
I still cringe when watching a replay of Mike Piazza getting out of the way of Jason Schmidt's pitch and then going down like he was shot. My heart was in my throat for like 10 minutes. I fell asleep listening to the game on WFAN and the next morning, I was going to get my paper and some wiseass made a crude joke about Piazza's injury. (I was wearing a Mets shirt and cap.) I was thisclose to giving him a Ultimate Fighting beating but my friend held me back.

May 18, 2003 Pacific Bell Park
Mets 5, San Francisco Giants 1
a mets fan
July 3, 2003
Oh boy what a great game, the best game Glavine pitched all year. I remember Jason Ellison running in the batter's box and was called out, and also Gallaraga making the last out of the game. Also Giants fans left early because they were down 4 runs.

May 23, 2003 Turner Field
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
H-Man
August 20, 2004
Great win for the Mets. Burnitz hit a grand slam in his first game back.

May 25, 2003 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Shari
May 27, 2003
UUGGHHH!! What kind of moron are you Art? Jae Seo was pitching a fine ball game and again you lift him in favor of Weathers who is obviously not on his game this year. There's nothing wrong with leaving a starter in that is pitching just fine. The Braves made the mistake of lifting Maddux and the Mets started to creep back into the ball game so you decide it looked like a great idea? Why don't you learn from your mistakes already? Your middle relief core sucks! If the starters are doing fine leave them in already! Jeez- this is baseball not brain surgery.

May 28, 2003 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 11, Mets 3
APetrie
July 6, 2012
David Cone's last game as a Met. Looked good in his first start in 03, but the wheels came off in Puerto Rico against the Expos and never got back on track

May 31, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 2
Tom C.
April 13, 2004
A wet, soggy day at Shea and the first Mets game for our two kids. The hated Braves were in town and a young Jae Seo on the hill. Despite a constant rain from the first inning on, they got the game in (fact that Fox was airing it as their Game of the Week probably kept them from calling it). Shinjo was the hitting star for the Mets with a two-run double and Armando did his best to blow the game at the end, but escaped by striking out former Met Matt Franco with the bases loaded to end the game. Wet, wild and wonderful for the newest Met fans in the family!

June 1, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 4
chest hairs
August 23, 2006
Best baseball game ever. Burnitz home run + beer + free tee shirt = almost falling over mezzanine if not for the help of a good friend.

June 5, 2003 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Mets 3
Mr. Sparkle
June 9, 2003
Going into this game I'm all pumped up because the Mets are only 5.5 games out of the wild card and the are all set to take on the very weak Brewers who they've won 9 in a row against at Shea. The Mets are down early but then bounce back and are leading 4-3. But then Tracshel, who I called "the man" his previous start in shutting out the Phils, pitches like crap, trying to win 5 in a row for the first time in his career and the Mets are down 8-3 and eventually lose 8-7. Later I hear Tracshel had the flu, so he probably should not have pitched at all.

After this game Glavine pitched the second game and is out after the first inning with a sore elbow and the Mets get swept by the lowly Brewers in embarrassing fashion, totally killing my optimism and ending the day 7 games back. Sometimes I see such potential and other times I see such despair. It really depends on whether they win or lose on a given day but coming off a 7-5 stretch with the Phils and Braves I was very upbeat. This doubleheader sweep ruined my day and put me in a terrible mood all the next day. Thanks for nothing guys.

June 6, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Seattle Mariners 2
Mets2Moon
July 4, 2005
Before Interleague Play began, in 1997, there were only two teams that the Mets had never played, ever. Not in Spring Training, Exhibitions or Postseason. They were the Anaheim Angels and the Seattle Mariners.

This would be the first ever meeting between the Mets and the Mariners, a matchup of what could have been the 2000 World Series had things broken a certain way.

This was also the return to Shea Stadium of John Olerud, although this seemed to be lost on most of the fans in attendance. I did make sure to cheer him loudly, though.

The game was fairly unmemorable. Jae Seo quietly tied the Mariners up in knots most of the evening, got key outs and kept the Mets in the game. Phillips and Floyd hit HRs. Seo eventually tired in the 8th, and Weathers and Benitez finished the game out.

The DH on Sunday, when the Mariners whipped the Mets twice is what everyone remembers, but let it go down that the Mets did emerge with a 3-2 victory in the first ever Mets/Mariners matchup.

Jon
January 11, 2011

Mets2Moon summed up this rather unremarkable game nicely. My scorecard indicates the weather this Friday night was "NICE!"

June 8, 2003 Shea Stadium
Seattle Mariners 13, Mets 1
Brian
June 19, 2003
I went to this doubleheader.I stayed for both games. Leiter was leaving his stuff fat and over the plate and the Mariners like started to take batting practice. The Mets have no luck with doubleheaders.

Steve
January 31, 2004

I was living in Oregon, a Mariner hotbed, and hadn't gotten to see many Mets games. But with them playing the M's I knew I had three glorious baseball afternoons ahead of me. I cleared my schedule, called my friends over, and proceeded to explain how the Mets would paste their dinky AL team. After the first I didn't say another word for 2 hours.

June 10, 2003 Ballpark in Arlington
Texas Rangers 9, Mets 7
Ed K
October 12, 2006
The Major League Debut of Jose Reyes a day before his 20th birthday. He went 2 for 4.

June 12, 2003 Ballpark in Arlington
Mets 11, Texas Rangers 0
Ed K
June 19, 2012
R.A. Dickey pitched in the first of his two appearances AGAINST the Mets in this game. The other came in 2008 when he was with Seattle.

June 14, 2003 Angels Stadium
Anaheim Angels 13, Mets 3
APetrie
April 15, 2013
Listened to this game on the radio, it was an early, steamy summer night in NY and my sophomore year in high school was ending. Vaguely remember Roach giving up a grand slam, but I really didn't care. The season was already lost and the summer was starting to kick into high gear.

June 15, 2003 Angels Stadium
Mets 8, Anaheim Angels 0
Harry P
October 27, 2008
I'll remember that Jose Reyes hit a grand slam to left field, and you could feel the magic of the player.

June 17, 2003 Dolphin Stadium
Mets 5, Florida Marlins 0
Witz
November 28, 2014
My 4th Mets one hitter (Matlack-'74, Seaver-'76 and Cone '88) Clearly, not the class of pitcher(s) featured in those gems, but I did not recall until I looked at the box score here, that this trio of Mets pitchers actually faced the minimum in this game, as the only runner was erased by a caught stealing! So, maybe this game deserves some love in the annals of great Met moments! Does anyone out there have the answer as to how many Mets pitchers have faced 27 batters in a (complete!) game.

June 20, 2003 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 5, Mets 0
Max Power
June 25, 2003
I know most Mets fans love these "Subway Series" games but I absolutely hate them. I get pretty depressed when the Mets lose a regular game but when it's against the Yankees and the whole city is watching it is so much worse when we lose. It puts me in a bad move for days on ends, especially with all the wise ass Yankee fans around. So when everyone is pumped up for the great series, I shudder, and pray the Mets will pull it out. Since the Mets are only 12-18 going into this season against them, these series have been less than fun and I try to avoid even watching them because it's just too intense and nerve racking. If anything I watch the Mets at bats only unless they are winning big and I'll watch more.

This particular game I figured it's a new year, we don't have much to lose so what the hell. So I'm watching and the Mets blow a few early opportunites angainst an Andy Pettite who is having a horrible year. It's intense and I'm going nuts and then Trachsel who was pitching well gives up the homer and I'm so depressed it's scary. I can't take any more so I turn it off for a while, only to turn back later and see it 3-0, and soon there after 5-0. It kills me. I'm devasted and pray that rain rains out every remaining subway series game.

Sunday night is a killer, I watch alone with great hope only to see Benitez ruin another big game. At some point I'm going to jump off a bridge I'm so depressed. I hate these games. No more interleague play!

Kingofqueens718
April 28, 2006

I remember it was a rainy night and the first home game for Jose Reyes. Also I remember that Shinjo made a great catch going over the center field wall robbing a Yankee of a home run.

Not to mention a Yankee fan accidentally spilling his beer down my back!

I gave up the ghost in about the 7th inning and heard Giambi's blast on the radio while leaving the parking lot.

June 22, 2003 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 7, Mets 3
Larry Burns
June 25, 2003
He has finally done it. 4 walks in the 9th inning to blow a lead over the Yank-mees and he surrenders the tying run. If ANYONE argues that this guy is quality than you are dumber than a box of rocks. I can no longer invest my emotion and passion in a team that has this guy come and blow it with such regularity. I will not root for the Mets until he is moved to another team. This comes from a guy whose first memory of the Mets was being called in to watch Cleon Jones catch the World Series clinching fly ball off Davey Johnson in 1969. I suffered through the 1970s. I was at game 6 in 1986. I saw the Dodgers upset the Mets in 1998. The 2000 World Series killed me (again thanks to Armando). I now know how Boston fans felt about Bob Stanley. I am rooting that the Mets win nothing until he is moved. He has killed a longtime Met fan--he SUCKS!

Mr. Sparkle
June 25, 2003

Ah Armando, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways. I know the argument a lot of non-Met fans have, statistically he is one of the best in the league, according to Mac and Sid he's one of the top five relievers in baseball. And statistically that may be true, and Armando can be overpowering at times, but they really should remove his name from his jersey and just put CHOKE on the back of it instead.

As everyone was watching last night's game - Sunday of the Subway series 2003 at Shea, did anyone feel like we wouldn't be batting in the bottom of the ninth? 3-2 lead against a good team in an important game -to Met fans at least- and the guy can't find the plate. He doesn't give up his usual bomb, no, this time Armando decides to walk everybody, including the tying run. I immediately turned the TV off in disgust, only to turn back later to see the 10th inning. As good as Armando can be, he just can't do it when it really matters. Earlier this year he was horrible against bad teams and that may have been a slump but this game showed the real Armando, Mr. Choke.

The Mets may not have a great closer to replace him, and that does scare me, but I can't stand seeing this guy on the hill any longer. No other Mets reliever have I ever hated at all, much less even close to Armando. None of them may have ever had the stats Armando has but none of them ever choked pratically every time in a big spot. We should have an alternate closer for big games. I hope we can get something good for Armando. In a pennant race, with first place on the line, hopefully there will be a GM out there who will look at his overall stats and be fooled into dealing for him.

Keith Niles
June 25, 2003

Once again, Armando pulls off another Benitez meltdown against the Yankees. How can he walk all four lefthanded batters in the 9th inning? He was too scared. And now that he's done his chokejobs against the Yankees, you have to ask yourself "Who wants this guy?" His trade value has been cut in half after these two performances, and any team in contention would be real stupid if they asked for a trade to acquire him, especially Boston. I mean, come on, do the Redsox really want this guy? They have enough trouble with the Yankees as it is. Acquiring Benitez would make things worse for them. We might as well watch this bum pitch for the Mets for the rest of the season.

June 26, 2003 Shea Stadium
Florida Marlins 6, Mets 1
Ed K
October 25, 2006
Aaron Heilman's Mets and major league debut. He was the starting and losing pitcher and did not pitch great, but was done in by a shoddy Met defense (four errors and five unearned runs).

June 28, 2003 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 9, Mets 8
murphy
October 13, 2003
Where to begin...oh yeah at the beginning. Glavine warms up the crowd by serving up back to back HRs to Soriano and Jeter before I've had time to finish my first beer. It only got worse. Glavine looked like Eric Hillman while the Mets made Brandon Claussen look like Sandy Koufax. Then the Mets start their comeback, culminated by Raul Gonzalez's double off Mariano Rivera, of all people. But, in true 2003 Mets fashion, Gonzalez stupidly tries to stretch the double into a triple, getting thrown out in the process and killing the rally. Even when the 2003 Mets did something good, they did something bad.

July 2, 2003 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 11, Mets 4
Mike in Metuchen
January 31, 2005
I took my son to see this game and Tony Clark was really bad.

Jon
January 14, 2011

A whole section of Korean Jae Seo fans wore matching orange shirts in Section 12 of the Mezzanine only to see their hero take a beating when the Expos knocked him out of the box with a 5-run 4th. Pedro Felicino, then a mop-up man wearing No. 55, then allowed six straight guys to reach base and five more to score in the 5th. Go 2003 Mets!

July 6, 2003 Great American Ball Park
Mets 7, Cincinnati Reds 5
Mr. Sparkle
July 8, 2003
Most people thought this game was over at 5-2 in the 7th, but I had faith. It wasn't a huge deficit and the Reds suck. Wiggy was great tying it up with a double to left center and Tony Clark hit another clutch home run to win it. even Benitez didn't blow this one. It made me remember the other times the Mets went into Cinncinati and swept the Reds. I remember it happening an inordinate amount of times, although that could be just a fuzzy memory. Unfortunately, when the Mets did sweep there, it was usually followed by a Reds sweep at Shea. It's definitely happened more than once. I hope it doesn't happen this time around.

Mook
January 25, 2004

The last ballgame I watched with my father. We sat in his hospital room by ourselves watching the Mets fall behind 5-2, and reflected on thier sorry state of affairs. Somewhere in the middle innings he fell asleep and the Mets rallied. When he awoke, I informed him of the comeback and he murmured through his parched lips; "Oh splendid". There was something hopeful in his voice, maybe this was a sign. Despite being a grown man as well as a professional, in the recesses of my mind where that ten year old kid still rules, I somehow took this as a sign as well that my dad would somehow rally from what I knew to be a terminal condition. He died a few weeks later.

Rest in peace, Dad. Hit 'em straight.

July 10, 2003 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 2
Ben
April 19, 2006
I had barely sunk my teeth into my hot-dog when the Phils had taken a 4-0 lead. When I finished my soda, it was something like 7-1. I was home early that night.

July 13, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Chris
January 10, 2005
A great day at Shea -- about 15 of the great '73 Mets were there -- including my all-time favorite Met Tug McGraw! Sadly, it was his last appearance at Shea -- it was also sort of sad that the place was not even half full for the game! Willie Mays was not there, nor was Yogi, but seeing Seaver, Rusty and even lesser known heroes like George "Stork" Theodore and Jim McAndrew brought back a lot of childhood memories! The game itself was just as good. The Mets had dropped the first few to the Phils [ironically Tug's former team was the opponent that day!] and it looked bad as Benitez blew another game -- thankfully his last in a Met uniform -- he was traded over the All-Star break, as was Burnitz -- but Jason Phillips saved the day with a shot over the right fielder's head for a Met victory!

Joe From Jersey
December 3, 2005

This was a great day. The fans got a replica of the 1973 yearbook; the weather was perfect considering it rained a lot in the Summer of 2003. There was the final appearance of Tug and he got the loudest ovation and a few fans near me were crying. They even played his daughter-in- law's song "This Kiss" (Faith Hill) between innings and showed moments of the '73 season including the Harrelson-Rose brawl. To this day, my friend Kathy cannot stand Pete Rose at all. Plus, the Mets won even though Piazza was on the DL due to the groin injury.

July 22, 2003 Veterans Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Jared K
December 11, 2005
The last of my famous Mets-Phillies matchups with my rabid Phillies fan uncle at the old craphole known as the Vet.

It was a weekday day game. I had seats on the 3rd base side. The field temperature was 150 degrees, due to the refracting of the heat off the concrete they played on at that dump. I felt like I was in an oven. The stadium smelled like rotten meat, like it usually did on hot days at the Vet.

This was a rare win for the Mets that year. Both sides had ugly pitching. They must have used 15 pitchers between the two teams. A pretty uneventful and sloppy game all around.

The only other thing I remember was that it was the same day that our boys in Iraq gunned down Sadaam's sons. A Mets victory and vermin being exterminated. Not a horrible day at all!

July 28, 2003 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Mets 2
Joe From Jersey
December 23, 2005
This was a make-up game from a June rainout and they announced that 6,000 fans were at that game. Me and my nephew stayed to the end and by the time the game was over there was only 500 or so fans in the stands. It was a depressing sight.

John Q
September 6, 2006

One of the most depressing games I've ever been to, a rain-out make-up game with about 5000-6000 people at Shea.

All I remember about the game is the Mets were losing by the 7th or 8th inning and there were about 500-1000 people left at Shea. The people that were left started walking down to the better seats and all the ushers were freaking-out yelling at the people telling them to go back to thier original seats. It was just a joke.

evan
July 9, 2009

Depressing for some, I found going to a completely empty Shea Stadium to see a MLB game a surreal and memorable experience. My friends and I were sitting all alone in the right field upper deck along the 1st base line. There was no sound from the crowd, but the sound system was still totally amped up. When people say there were about 500 fans there in the later innings, that is not an exaggeration.

August 10, 2003 Bank One Ballpark
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Mets 4
Ken Akerman
October 3, 2003
I was at this game at Bank One Ballpark. Randy Johnson has had a injury-plagued season, but fortunately for Diamondbacks fans like me, this was one of his best games of the season. He pitched eight innings for the win. He wasn't as overpowering as he is accustomed to being (only five strikeouts and ten hits allowed), but good enough to win. Ty Wigginton did hit a home run for the Mets.

August 12, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, San Francisco Giants 4
Mr. Sparkle
August 13, 2003
Come on!!! I know Barry Bonds is great and all but do Mets fans have to give him a standing ovation when he hits a home run? No way. I can't figure it out. I'm a Met fan and I root for the Mets first and everything else is secondary. I respect Barry Bonds but I would never cheer an opponents home run, never. It was nice to see the Mets fans give Alfonso a standing O as a great ex-Met (who has pretty much crapped the bed for the Giants) but that was only applauding his appearance in the game. If he had homered I would not have appluaded. There is a difference and I would not applaud Bonds' appearance. But he is awesome. The Homer he hit off of Weathers in the 9th was a rocket shot. It's amazing that he is hitting over .500 against Weathers. It was nice to see Heilman get a win but he was hardly great. He could have easily lost. Also nice to see Grant Roberts have a decent inning.

The Mets announcers said that Mets fans got what they wanted, a Bonds show and a Mets win. Please! I root for a no-hitter every game I see, not for the opponent to have a great game but lose.

J. C.
January 10, 2014

I think this was the game where the Mets had a video tribute to Edgardo Alfonzo who had ended up with the Giants. Nice moment.

August 13, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, San Francisco Giants 2
Barry F.
September 3, 2003
Piazza's return after a long DL stint is highlighted by a HR and five-RBI night. The nice thing is that the Mets now are resembling a team with a complete offensive attack. They're stealing bases, hitting homers... It's interesting that the Mets are a much better team than when Piazza got hurt and now his role has changed. While statistically Piazza is a leader, he's like anyone else in reacting to what's going on around him. Finally, for the first time in a few years, there's something positive going on. I think the Mets will give a lot of people trouble down the stretch and could spoil someone's playoff chances at some point.

Shickhaus Franks
January 14, 2011

The Mets were supposed to play the next night on Thursday when the big power outage happened at around 4pm ET. The game was called off even though the weather was perfect and wasn't played at all even though the Giants were 9 games ahead in the NL West at the time (They won by 15 plus games so there was NO reason to make it up). I remember WFAN radio broadcasting the Yankee game (they were in Baltimore) so WCBS radio could give wall to wall coverage of the power outage that night.

August 15, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Colorado Rockies 0
Brian
September 4, 2003
I love this game.It was Irish night and the day after the Great Blackout of 2003. I was a little nervous because not only Glavine was pitching, but would they get the game in. They did and I got to see Jose Reyes hit a line drive into the left field bullpen. I also got to see Mike Piazza for the 6th year in a row.

August 16, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, Colorado Rockies 4
Joe Figliola
January 13, 2004
Batting practice. That's what this game was. Sheer batting practice. The Mets banged out five doubles in this one. This also was the climax to a mini hot streak that began when the Mets wreaked havoc on the Giants. Perhaps it's a sign of things to come.

August 18, 2003 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Colorado Rockies 0
Mike
October 22, 2003
This was the game where Steve Trachsel should have had a no-hitter. Trachsel was pitching a gem and had a perfect game going. In the 6th inning, someone tried to bunt to break up the perfect game, but to no avail. The next guy up was the opposing pitcher, some Taiwanese guy. He hit a double over Timo's head (which he should've caught). What made me mad, was that where I was sitting there were more people cheering the pitcher than Trachsel. I was in the upper deck, which was full of Taiwanse people from Flushing (who knew nothing about baseball). In the 9th inning, someone else got on base. It was initially ruled an infield hit, but after the game changed to an error. Trachsel ended up with a complete game one hitter. It was an enjoyable afternoon game, with a Mike Piazza home run. One of my more enjoyable games at Shea for a while. You know, I don't think the Mets will ever get a no-hitter. It's kind of like Boston or Chicago winning the World Series. And now with Bob Murphy retired, I wouldn't want anyone else to call the first Mets no-hitter!

August 24, 2003 Dodger Stadium
Mets 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Randy Sutton
April 10, 2012
This was my first Met game. I grew up a Met fan in California, so I never got much of a chance to see them. My now-wife, then-girlfriend, surprised me the night before with tickets and we drove down to LA from Fresno the next morning. We've since moved to Pittsburgh, and got to see a Mets-Yankees game at Shea.

August 28, 2003 Turner Field
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 1
murphy
October 13, 2003
Jose Reyes became the youngest player in modern baseball history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game, against the hated Braves no less. I can't wait to watch Reyes play baseball for years to come.

August 29, 2003 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 0
John K
April 9, 2004
My wife and I sit 7 rows behind the Phillies dugout. Close enough to see Burrell snub Bowa by not shaking his hand after Pat the Bat had just gone yard. Also close enough to see Millwood totally dominate a lifeless Met line- up. Met offensive highlight was Piazza being fooled on an off-speed pitch and nonetheless driving with one hand into deep left center where Byrd made a great diving catch. It was that kind of a night.

August 31, 2003 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 1
Dan the Man
November 28, 2014
I'm 27 now and I usually go to 1-5 Met games a year since 1992. I introduce myself that way because this game was the worst game I've ever been in attendance of. Besides losing to the Phillies, the Mets only got 2 hits that day and I believe had 0 hits until the 7th inning. I can't even remember them scoring a run. Then on the last play of the game Reyes injured himself sliding to 2nd base and if I remember right was out for the year. Like I said I'm 27 now and only have vague rememberences of Torborg, but I believe the Art Howe era was as bad as it got in my lifetime. There were just so many games like this under Howe where this team couldn't even hide the fact they didn't care about winning.

Matt
February 28, 2011

This was my first Mets game, I was nine. I can remember the first time walking into Shea and being amazed. I also met Al Leiter and Jason Phillips. The sad part was this is where Jose Reyes' rookie season came to an end with the injury at the end of the game.

Dan the man
May 17, 2014

Of all the Mets games I've gone to in my life this one was the absolute worst! The Mets didn't even get their first hit until the 7th inning in this one. They just flat out gave up that year.

But what makes me laugh about the 2003 Mets is despite how bad they were they had 3 future hall-of-famers on that team: Roberto Alomar, Tom Glavine, and Mike Piazza. (He's got to make it one of these days!)

September 6, 2003 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 6
Jon
January 14, 2011
This game marked my last trip to Veterans Stadium, where I'd seen a million games over the years. It turned when 1B Jason Phillips dropped the ball on what should have been an inning-ending double play. The Phillies went on to score 5 runs that inning, the big hit a 3-run double from future Met Ricky Ledee off future ex-Met Jeremy Griffiths.

September 19, 2003 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 7, Mets 1
Michael
November 3, 2008
Surprised no one has commented on this one. MSG used the old time graphics and camera angles throughout the game, which was pretty awesome. And best of all, Murphy and Kiner were reunited to broadcast this. As Murph would put it, it was "simply marvelous."

September 25, 2003 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
Phil Thiegou
November 18, 2003
A game for the ages! First and foremost it was the Grand Finale for Bob Murphy. The pre-game ceremony honoring the Murph got me choked up. Everyone from Mayor Bloomberg, to Tom Terrific, Al Leiter, John Franco, Steve Somers and Jody McDonald (from WFAN) Keith Hernandez and of course Ralph Kiner spoke with their kind words and memories of Bob. And during the game, video greetings were shown from other legendary broadcasters like Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Bob Uecker and John Miller.

The game itself was boring until the top of the 9th when Vance Wilson came out to play catcher. I figured why they were taking out Piazza, esp. when he was scheduled to hit 2nd in the bottom of the 9th, then there was a roar and people pointing to first. Lo and behold, who came in to play first? Yep, Piazza. After almost 2 years of rumors and innuendos, it finally happened. That woke up the dormant audience. And as if it were written out of a Hollywood script, the first batter hits a line shot to first that Piazza snagged. You think the Mets just won the World Series by the way everyone was cheering. The next 2 hitters grounded to the pitcher and 3rd and Piazza made both putouts, so he made all 3 for the inning. The stadium was shaking like the time they won the Nat'l League pennant in 2000. But in typical Mets fashion, Piazza struck out in the bottom of the 9th and the Mets quietly and bitterly lost the home finale. So no final Happy Recap for 2003.

Putbeds 1986
April 28, 2006

I attended this game, got there for batting practice and watched the whole Bob Murphy ceremony and then Tom Glavine's brother Mike got to play 1st base; A nice tip of the hat to the Glavine family even though it was a meaningless game. Unfortunately, Mike got hurt early on and had to leave the game. The only Mets run was a homer by Ty Wiggington (who should still be in Queens but because you can't stop progress, I mean David Wright). This was the debut of Metal Mike at 1B and when he caught that line drive, I went "Good God". Many fans bought radios to the game (more than usual) but Murph only did the 9th inning.

September 26, 2003 Dolphin Stadium
Florida Marlins 4, Mets 3
Ken Akerman
October 3, 2003
I saw highlights of this game on ESPN. Marlins centerfielder Juan Pierre caught a flyball of the bat of Roger Cedeņo for the final out as the Marlins clinch the NL Wild Card to earn a playoff berth.

September 28, 2003 Dolphin Stadium
Florida Marlins 4, Mets 0
Rob
September 18, 2005
Kind of sad, looking at the starting lineup for the first game of the season and then the starting lineup for this one, only Cedeno and Wigginton remain. That should say something.

JFK
April 23, 2012

Mike Glavine got his only MLB hit of his career and it came with 2 outs in the 9th inning.






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