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April 4, 2005 Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati Reds 7, Mets 6
Won Doney
April 4, 2005
It just seemed too good to be true. After giving up the bomb to Dunn in the 1st, Pedro was cruising, but when Looper came in to pitch the ninth for the save, I had a feeling that Dunn would do it again.

On a more positive note, the lineup looked impressive. If Reyes keeps this pace up, he'll have about 324 runs scored!

April 6, 2005

Be prepared to see this frequently: good hitting, decent defense, good starting pitching, atrocious bullpen = a close loss

rob sayegh
August 23, 2006

I was excited watching this game. I knew the Reds sucked and they didn't belong on the same field with us. I fell asleep from the 8th to the bottom of the ninth so I missed Looper's meltdown, thank god. I was stunned shocked disappointed when I woke up and saw the final score but I knew when the Reds come into Shea again that we would sweep them.

Hot Foot
May 17, 2014

The 2005 season started with so much promise. It was the beginning of the Willie Randolph era as well as the first full seasons for Jose Reyes and David Wright. It was also Carlos Beltran's first season as a Met, and in this game, big free agent sign Pedro Martinez was well on his way to a win in his first start as a Met. That is until Braden Looper blew it in a horrible way.

The Mets lost their first five games that year. In one game, the first game of the year, the Omar Minaya disaster waiting to happen became apparent. With Minaya as the GM, the pitching was always patchy at best. Besides Martinez and Glavine, that 2005 staff was borderline triple-A level.

April 9, 2005 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 3
April 17, 2005
This was the first Mets game I'd been to in over 2 years - had great seats down the left field line 7 rows from the field.

What stands out is in the 2nd inning the Mets had runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs, and 8th place hitter Victor Diaz struck out against Horacio Ramirez, who had not really fooled anyone to that point. Heilman couldn't get a bunt down, and when Reyes flied out I thought "oh bleep!"

Of course, bottom of the inning, Braves have bases loaded with none out, and 8th place hitter Brian Jordan hits a grand slam. To anyone who thinks 8-hole hitters don't matter, well, they do. (Oh, and when the people in the seats next to me finally showed up in the 6th inning, it turns out they work for Brian Jordan in some capacity, and were crushed they missed his slam).

I also rememebr Heilman calming down after the slam and retiring 9 in a row (and 11 out of 12) before Larry Jones homered in the 5th. Not that I ever thought Heilman would throw a 1-hitter in his next start, but I wasn't as down on him as many other Met fans as I left the stadium that night.

April 11, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Houston Astros 4
Mr. T
April 15, 2005
This game will be forever remembered as the "batting eye" game, in which the rotating centerfield batting eye got stuck for almost 15 minutes in the "ad" position. It gave everyone in the nosebleed upper deck a chance to get on the Mets' case from the fact that they were 1 and 5 to the not so funny fact that Shea was really falling apart. But then Pedro's charm and clutch "little ball" by Kaz and Jose R. made us forget all that. A very nice 8-4 win sent everyone home happy and dreaming of meaningful games in October.

April 25, 2005

AH, Opening Day at Shea and I'm there for the first time since 1997...when Opening Day got rained out.

But they played today, and it was indeed a fine and rollicking afternoon at our Grand Old Shea.

On the field, the Mets scraped and clawed, fell behind early, Glavine was erratic, but some key hits by Wright, Victor Diaz, a beautiful squeeze by Matsui, and in the end, an old friend John Franco gave the game back to us, along with a bungled popup by Jason Lane, leading to a 5-run 8th and an 8-4 victory. A great start to the Mets home season!

Off the field was a different story.

Given that the Shea Stadium staff has about 6 months (October - April) to prepare for Opening Day, you would think that they would take care of certain things beforehand. I bought a hamburger before the game from a grill stand, and I asked for cheese on it. The woman told me "We can't melt the cheese for you. We can't tell you why." Meanwhile, another gent at the stand is picking away at a gigantic block of cheese. I took the cheese anyway.

Around the 3rd inning, in the Upper Deck, RF side, some fans around me were calling for the Hot Dog man. He was coming around.

"Hey, Hot dogs! Hot dogs!" they called.

The hot dog man looks at them as if they all had ten heads.

"What!?" He yells back, and keeps walking.

Those fans, by the 6th inning, were still waiting for Hot Dogs.

Of course, there was the batters eye fiasco, which was glossed over by the Great Pedro Martinez sideshow. There were replacement black curtains which were made to slide down should the sign get stuck. Which it did. While one guy is standing on top of the batters eye unwrapping these curtains, we see water that was surely months old come spilling out. He's tugging at a rope holding the curtain rolled up. He's tugging...it's coming...It's open!

...And it keeps on unravelling, off the pole, all the way to the ground. Whoops.

He goes to the next curtain. Again, it opens...and it falls as well.

Finally, as if it were mocking this gentleman, the sign works again, except for 3 or 4 bars which he had to close by hand. And finally, back to the game.

The beers were flowing heartily throughout. Early on, one beer vendor was walking around yelling, "Who's Drinkin'!?" One of the more entertaining fistfights broke out in UR section 23, resulting in 20 security guards, 8 cops and 3 men with walkie talkies rushing to the scene and ejecting about half the section.

However, despite all the mystery, mayhem and tomfoolery, the Mets did emerge victorious, and a sellout crowd was sent home happy on a sublime opener to the 2005 home season.

john the mets fan
June 4, 2005

We went to this game, the home opener. Everyone cheered when Franco came in for the Astros, like "We need runs! Bring on Franco!"

john the mets fan
June 4, 2005

I loved when the 'Great Pedro Slideshow' came up. They tried to cover it but dropped the cover. We were waiting like 15 minutes. And Pedro was there laughing in the dugout the whole time.

April 14, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Houston Astros 3
April 15, 2005
Carlos Beltran made a nice throw to Piazza to cut off a run from scoring. I never saw a pitcher hit a triple until this game. I couldn't help but wonder as I sat there freezing with my two sons how many more people would attend a game in a stadium with a roof? The new HDTV screen in left field is awesome, though.

April 15, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Florida Marlins 0
Won Doney
April 16, 2005
Wow...Heilman was impressive. If only Luis Castillo hadn't gotten that hit in the fourth, Heilman, of all people, may have been the first Met to pitch a no-hitter. Of course, I didn't get to see the game, being forced in the middle of Cablevision and Time Warner Cable's dispute.

Daniel Budick
June 23, 2016

It was my first trip to Shea in 2005. And to date probably one of the best pitched games I ever saw. Heilman was the best he ever was that night. A great night at old Shea!

April 19, 2005 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 16, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Won Doney
April 20, 2005
We need more games like this. On a night when the Mets broke the team record for home runs in a single game, it seemed like everyone could have hit a home run. Even Zambrano got in on the action to some extent, hitting a two-run triple.

April 21, 2005

Hey, that's not bad! You sort of have the feeling, at least early on this season, that the Mets are really capable of putting together some major offensive shows like this. It is in stark contrast to the teams of the last few seasons that have pecked and clawed for runs all season long.

It is far too early to tell, but maybe this is a harbinger of things to come. Think about the two games in which the Mets hit 6 HRs. April, 1988, Opening day for a team that won 100 games and made the playoffs, June, 1999 for a Mets team that would rise the Mojo and win 97 en route to another playoff berth.

April 19, 2005--The beginning of a memorable season?

In order: Jose Reyes, 1st inning. Victor Diaz, 2nd inning, 1 on Mike Piazza, 3rd inning, Vintage blast Doug Mientkiewicz, 3rd inning, 1 on Victor Diaz, 3rd inning, 1 on Jose Reyes, 4th inning David Wright, 6th inning, 3 on

Sure. The Mets hit 7 HRs in this game in a stadium that is about the size of a broom closet, but I'm sure we'll all take it.

April 28, 2005

Because of the stupid Cablevision vs. Time Warner thing, I can't watch games except on the weekends when they're on WB but that didn't stop me from listening to this one on the radio. As I heard Victor Diaz and Jose Reyes blast off with two homers, Doug Mientkiewicz, David Wright, Piazza, I thought to myself "Why don't they do this in September when it counts?" But who knows maybe this is the year they certainly pounced all over the Phillies that game.

April 27, 2005

Because of the stupid Cablevision vs. Time Warner thing, I can't watch games except on the weekends when they're on WB but that didn't stop me from listening to this one on the radio. As I heard Victor Diaz and Jose Reyes blast off with two homers, Doug Mientkiewicz, David Wright, Piazza, I thought to myself "Why don't they do this in September when it counts???" But who knows maybe this is the year they certainly pounced all over the Phillies that game.

Putbeds 1986
April 28, 2006

If you look at the line score for the Mets in the 1st 6 innings it's a funny thing: 1-2-5-1-2-5. Then they don't score the next 3 innings!!! The poor Phillie pitchers need neck therapy after this one because they kept turning their heads after each of the 7 home runs. One of the best games of last season (2005).

Tyler O
April 1, 2014

When I watched this game I was saying to my brother how good this team was going to be that year and the next three years. That game was awesome because all the home runs and they ran Philly out of the ballpark. LETS GO METS!!!!

April 22, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Washington Nationals 1
April 27, 2005
Another damp, chilly night. It's great to see the Mets score two runs with groundouts.How appropriate that Black Baseball History Night was the night that two black managers faced each other at Shea Stadium for the first time ever.

April 23, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Washington Nationals 5
April 27, 2005
The weather was disgusting but the Mets still managed to pull this one out against the Nationals. SEO SUCKS! I've been saying that ever since he started pitching for the Mets a few years ago but maybe I'm wrong. Incredible for him- held down a first place team and got a hit and two RBI's of his own. And Victor Diaz-that guy's an animal. When Cameron comes back they won't need him so they should trade him and Kaz to the Braves and get Marcus Giles. See, I should be their GM.

Bob P
September 27, 2005

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports that in this game, Nationals reliever Joe Horgan became the first pitcher since the dead-ball era to strike out the side while allowing six runs in an inning!

Putbeds 1986
January 26, 2006

It was cold and rainy that morning but the game ended up being played anyway. It was my nephew Robert's 11th birthday and I wrote to the Mets in advance to get his name on the scoreboard. It happened in the 5th inning. All 6 of us (me, my sister, her b-f, nephew, his friend and our family friend Kathy. Me & Kathy are Robert's godparents and we schooled him early on to wear and support the Mets. We left in the 8th inning but the game was well in hand & I got to see yet another NL team in the Nationals at Shea for the 1st time.

April 25, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
April 27, 2005
Take that Atlanta! Last night I go on MLB.com and, even though Aaron Heilmans throwing a one-hitter at this point, the Braves are up 1-0 so they show a picture of Horacio Ramirez and talk about how well he's pitching when he's given up 5 hits. But Cliff Floyd's back and that 3-run bomb sealed it. We're getting first place.

April 28, 2005

Attended this game with my sister's boyfriend. We sat in a box that his employer owns. We were expecting a slugfest since Aaron Heilman was pitching. Braves had a 1-0 lead going into the sixth when Mike Piazza tied it on an RBI double, Cliff Floyd hit a three-run homer, and David Wright hit a two-run homer to help give the Mets a 5-1 lead. That still did not quiet the loud Braves' fan behind us. Him and the girl with him left early though.

Heilman pitched seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball. Braves would make a game out of it in the eighth and ninth off Roberto Hernandez and Braden Looper. It was a nailbiter until Looper finally got Julio Franco to ground out with the tying and go ahead runs on base to close out a 5-4 Mets' win. An awesome night.

April 26, 2005 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
April 27, 2005
Now that's the Mets I've known and learned to live with for the past four years: It was 4-1 Braves, bottom of the ninth two outs when, suddenly, the Mets start getting hit after hit, scoring run after run and suddenly, still with two outs, it was 4-3, with Piazza on third representing the tying run and someone else on first that I don't remember and the Mets hottest hitter Cliff Floyd is up and, of course, as the Mets always do, he pops it up to end the two-out rally and win the game for the Braves. Man, I hate the Braves.

April 27, 2005 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 4
May 1, 2005
I don't care if Tom Glavine was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He sucks now. Most people have overestimated players and now that they're a little worse they let those players have it and sure, that's wrong. An example of that is Mike Piazza- he's not as good as he once was but he's still one of the best catchers in baseball. But that doesn't apply to Tom Glavine, who has surpassed bad and gone to awful. He just can't pitch and in this game against the Braves he showed that. The Braves won 8 -4. And Mike Hampton's a bum. Hall of famer vs. bum and the bum wins. Terrible.

May 3, 2005 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 3
June 17, 2005
Let's just pretend I was never at this game. In fact, let's just say this game never happened.

But also remember that it took until May 3rd for Jose Reyes to draw his first walk of the year.

May 4, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
May 5, 2005
Just got back from this game; went with a couple of friends and a kid who I know from college met us there. Awesome performance by Jae Seo; he pitched a no-hitter for the first 4.2 innings. He let up one hit through 7 innings. Victor Diaz hit a home run and Cliff Floyd had an RBI single, a shot of his own, and a great catch to rob Jason Michaels of a homer. The crowd was yelling "MVP" at Floyd. Roberto Hernandez did a good job as a setup man while Braden Looper made it interesting in the ninth by giving up back-to-back home runs to Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu. Despite the boos, he managed to finally close it out. An awesome night.

May 5, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Menachem G. Jerenberg
April 13, 2008
This was the first game I ever watched on MLB.com Gameday. Piazza's 3-run HR, capping the Mets' offensive output, proved to be the decisive blow when the Phils stormed back to within 2 runs at the end.

May 11, 2005 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 3
May 19, 2005
The Mets were playing the Cubs at Wrigley and Ryan Dempster blew the save in the bottom of the ninth but then, in the tenth, Derrek Lee came up and jacked one off Heath Bell. Question for the Mets: Who is Heath Bell?

May 14, 2005 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 6
November 6, 2005
Went to this game with my friend Frank. It was one of those back & forth games that unfortunately did not go back the Mets way. Pedro did not have his best stuff. With the Mets down 5- 2, Kaz Matsui took my advice of showing the fans reason not to boo him when he hit a game tying 3- run triple, helping knock out Mark Mulder. Mets would take a 6-5 lead, only to lose it in the eighth on cheap hits by Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds. They lost 7-6.

May 18, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Cincinnati Reds 6
May 21, 2005
This game was the second game I attended in five days and fourth overall for 2005. I went with my friend Billy and a couple of aquantiances of his. We sat in the lower part of the upperdeck for five bucks. Tom Glavine pitched in and out of trouble letting up nine hits and two runs in six innings. The Mets got home runs from Chris Woodward, Mike Cameron, and David Wright. Also, triples from both sides of the plate by Jose Reyes and plenty of help from the Reds' defense en route to an important sweep and an improvement to 3-1 in games I attended this season.

Ed K
January 14, 2011

Reyes became the first Met switch-hitter to get a triple from each side of the plate in the same game.

May 20, 2005 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 5, Mets 2
July 4, 2005
I had the misfortune of attending this game. I was sitting in the Upper Deck, section 47. This is important, you'll see why.

But first, a few things I have learned over the years.

1) I hate the Yankees. 2) I hate when the Mets lose to the Yankees. 3) I hate being present when the Mets lose to the Yankees. 4) I hate Yankee fans. 5) 3 + 4 = Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad news.

Things started out OK, I guess. 5 days earlier, I had anticipated a potential matchup of Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson. I got Victor Zambrano and Kevin Brown.

If Pedro Martinez is the kind of pitcher where you feel rather confident that, on days he pitches, the Mets have a very good chance of winning, then Victor Zambrano is the Anti-Pedro. Watching him pitch is like a Passion Play. You know the fall is coming, you just don't know when. And every inning he got through, you just had to exhale. OK. Relax.

Brown was just as lucky as the Mets failed in the 1st to get a key hit with the bases loaded. The teams trade runs in the 4th. Zambrano's getting in jams and working out of it. Hanging in there. Things could be turning our way. Then came the 6th.

We all know what happened in the 6th.

Matsui. Mientkiewicz.

This is compounded by the fact that, from my perch in Upper Deck, section 47, I am 2 sections away from the largest, rowdiest pack of transplanted Yankee Stadium bleacher creatures you could ever have the misfortune of meeting. The hardhats were on, the cowbell was ringing, they were doing choreographed Atlanta Braves-esque chants, drinking, starting near-fights and generally making life unpleasant for every Mets fan within 5 sections.

As the game progressed, and the Yankees increased their lead, it became apparent that if my friend and I did not move very soon, we were very likely to do something that we would regret later. As the Yanks tack on 2 in the 9th to make it a 5-2 game, the time had come.

A flip of the bird, a tip of the cap, and off to the Mezzanine we went.

And to ensure a postgame meeting did not occur, as soon as the last out was recorded, a frenetic dash to the subway was made. I can still hear them coming down the ramps, doing their chants, banging the cowbell.

Now to recap, let's do some math: 1+2+3+4+5 = This game was an unmitigated disaster.

July 13, 2005

I went to this game, my 6th Subway Series game. The Mets had a lead but then blew it because of stupid errors by Kaz Matsui and Doug Mientkiewicz. The Yankees ended up winning 5-2, but I guess that's all right because they took Kaz out of the lineup after that. Good move Willie.

July 27, 2005

This was the most poorly played major league baseball game I ever had the misfortune of attending. Neither starting pitcher could come within a foot of the strike zone. The hitters on both teams became overanxious with runners on base. And worst of all, neither team could pick the ball up off the ground. Even Jeter made two errors in an inning, allowing David Wright to score on a terrible baserunning play (yes, every facet of the game was performed miserably on this night).

But the absolute bottom of the barrel was watching a bouncing ball ricochet off the solid steel glove of Kaz Matsu-E4 with the bases loaded, which completely changed the game. The ball literally bounced waist high and Matsu-E4 still couldn't field it.

May 21, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, New York Yankees 1
May 22, 2005

Koo safe at home after manufacturing a most unorthodox run.
WOW! This game will go down in Mets History! Dae- Sung Koo's double and then his baserunning "prowess" to score from SECOND on a SAC BUNT will always be remembered.

Somewhat forgoten was Willie Randolph's ability to "mend" the Mets' lineup when Matsui and Beltran both went down with in-game injuires at the same time.

Great game by every player, especially Benson, Wright and of course Koo!

June 3, 2005

I was in the upper level at this game and it was awesome. Benson's pitching, Koo's double, and Reyes' base running made this a great day (I took my Dad for his Birthday, Happy Birthday Pop). Mientkiewicz wasn't playing but I think he, Reyes, Beltran and Wright are our future. True fans have faith in you guys, keep going!

October 30, 2008

Koo....Koo....Koo! Randy looked really bad in this game. I had to head to upstate New York for a graduation after this game, but it was well worth it. Great game all around!

May 22, 2005 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 5, Mets 3
February 22, 2006
A Sunday game and Jerry Seinfeld threw out the first pitch while wearing a Marv Throneberry jersey.

David Wright's spectacular catch while diving into the stands!

May 24, 2005 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 0
July 7, 2005
I saw this game from the upper deck of Turner Field - great seats. Glavine pitched well, but the offense just wasn't there. Piazza in particular had a horrible game whereas Estrada for the Braves had a couple of key hits - the catchers decided this game, though Glavine was very unlucky when Raul Mondesi, of all people, beat out a couple of infield hits to start the two innings the Braves scored. One thing I did notice was that every time Glavine was within a batter of lowering his season ERA below 5 the Braves scored. Anyway, if the Mets had to lose, at least the game took less than 2.5 hours so I got home at a decent hour.

May 27, 2005 Dolphin Stadium
Mets 1, Florida Marlins 0
June 2, 2005
Made the trip down to Florida to see some relatives and Mets' baseball. This was the first of two games that my dad & I attended. We were treated to a nice matchup between Pedro Martinez and Brian Moehler. Mets got the only run on Cliff Floyd's RBI double in the fourth. Martinez went eight innings with 10 strikeouts before Braden Looper surprisingly shut the Marlins down 1-2-3 in the ninth. It was funny seeing this big middle- aged guy who was a Marlins' fan about to go at it with these three young guys who were Mets' fans and loudly jeering the Marlins on the way out.

July 4, 2005

I am a tranplanted New Yorker having lived here in South Fla. for 14 years. I see the Mets every year vs. the Marlins. Tonight was the 1st time I went with my Father. He took me to my first Met game in 1970, so when I told him I had tickets to see Pedro he couldn't refuse. Pedro was brilliant. Marlin batters were buckling at the knees. Back to back doubles were all the Mets needed. Great game and great memories.

May 28, 2005 Dolphin Stadium
Mets 6, Florida Marlins 1
July 7, 2005
Second consecutive game that I intended with my dad. I came to this game sort of expecting a loss considering Kaz Ishii was facing Dontrelle Willis. Surprisingly, the Mets got more hits against Willis (8 in 6 innings) than any other team in 2005. Ishii went 6.1 innings letting up five hits and one run. Mets handed Willis his first home loss. The best was this obnoxious little pre-teen female Marlins' fans a few rows down from us. She was really getting into it, constantly screaming "Lets go Marlins." I was so tempted to yell 'Lets go Mets" at her. One lady right behind us even said how Mets' fans should go back to NY. I looked right at her with my Mets' hat on and smiled.

June 2, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
June 17, 2005
So now this season I have witnessed the Batters eye getting stuck and the infield sprinklers going off in the middle of the game. And, of course, Pedro is there to turn the folly of these moments into comedy at its finest.

In case anyone missed it, it's the top of the 1st, 2 out, bases empty, Luis Gonzalez batting for the DBacks. He fouls one onto the screen on 1-2. Suddenly, the sprinklers go off in the infield. Gonzalez, Piazza and the umpire run off. Pedro, of course, is just standing in the middle of the field, strolling around as he is getting soaked, laughing, taking his hat off and sticking his head in the water, and generally enjoying the moment.

Finally, the sprinklers are turned off (the official scoring has this as "two minute delay for whatever"), Piazza comes and towels Pedro off, Pedro resumes his spot on the mound and fires 8 strong at Arizona. Tony Clark's home run in the 2nd was the only real blemish. He even chipped in with a 10 foot single in the 6th inning to extend a rally. When the batboy ran out to bring him his jacket at 1st base, Pedro emphatically waved him off and pointed to the fans.

This was also the game where Cameron made his now-famous "accidental" catch. In the 6th, Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a sinking line drive to Right. Cameron ranged back, realized he turned the wrong way, and turned around again, only he slipped and fell. Then, of course, he stuck his glove out, and plop! The ball lands right in the glove. The entire stadium went nuts. That had to have been the longest standing ovation for a fielding play I had seen since Ordonez's "from the knees" play in 1996. And the whole time, Cameron had this sheepish, "aww, shucks" look on his face.

Pedro finished out the 8th, left with 9 Ks, his first hit since 1997 and an unexpected shower. And another winning effort. Never a dull moment with Pedro, is there?

July 4, 2005

Two of my friends and I did not get to our seats until just as Carlos Beltran tied the game with his solo homer in the fourth so we missed the sprinklers going off. Still an awesome game. Along with another good effort, Pedro Martinez got his first hit since 1997.

Ken Akerman
April 28, 2006

While driving home from work, I turned on my car radio to listen to this game on Phoenix radio station KTAR as the sprinklers were going off around Pedro Martinez.

June 4, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, San Francisco Giants 1
July 8, 2005
What a great day at Shea. Sunny, 76 degrees, with a soft wind blowing. Glavine seemed to be finally back on track, Piazza went 3 for 4, Wright went 2 for 4, and Cameron hits a 1st inning HR to RF. Wright and Floyd later had a double-steal, and Chris Woodward (filling in for the slumping Meintkiewicz) made two fantastic plays - one a 3 to 6 to 3 DP and a fantastic dive to his right on a diving stab at a line drive. . . pretty good for a non-firstbaseman.

June 7, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Houston Astros 1
john the mets fan
July 7, 2005
We all thought he had a no-hitter. But at least he got a two-hitter out of it. It's amazing how Pedro draws so many fans. I can't blame them cause he's so good!

August 27, 2005

This was the second game I attended in five days with the same two people. Pedro started both games and threw two awesome games, especially tonight. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Of all people, Chris Burke broke it up with his first career home run. Of course, what matters most is that Pedro ended up pitching a complete game two-hitter in a 3-1 win.

August 18, 2005

Went to this game with a couple of friends (the same two I have gone with a few other times this year). We got there late so we did not see the sprinkler thing. But, we got to see Pedro pitch an awesome game, almost a no-hitter. I could see why Cliff Floyd got so mad when Roy Oswalt drilled him considering how he has hit him in the past.

June 8, 2005 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 4, Mets 1
July 11, 2005
This game sucked. Plain and simple. I had the poor fortune of attending this game. Never mind the fact that it was 95 degrees out, humid and absolutely miserable all evening. The Astros basically did everything they could to hand this game over to the Mets, and the Mets just refused. Backe started for the Astros and walked 6. 6 WALKS! And the Mets squandered each and every opportunity. Bases loaded in the 2nd. Men on in the 3rd. More in the 4th and 5th. 2 on in the 8th. And so it went. One run in the first. Lots of men left stranded over the rest of the game.

Zambrano did his best, it was 1-1 into the 6th, he got a key DP, looked like he was going to get out of it...And then he turned back into Victor Zambrano and gave up an RBI single to Ensberg, followed by a long RBI 2B by Lane, and that was it. He didn't get the key out, and it turned into another one of those Victor Zambrano Innings that we all have come to know and love.

My friend thought we might have a chance in the 9th. Then they announced Lidge into the game. He turned to me and said, "Oh, right. I forgot. The Astros have a real closer."

1-2-3 and an end to a perfectly miserable game.

June 11, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Los Angeles Angels 3
Bob P
June 26, 2005
What an amazing win for the Mets in this game, with the key shot being Marlon Anderson's game- tying inside-the-park home run in the ninth. According to espn.com's Jayson Stark, that was the first time a pinch-hit inside-the-park home run tied a game in the bottom of the ninth inning since June 10, 1925!!!

Elliot S.
August 18, 2005

Definitely one of the more remarkable games I've ever seen. Good pitching duel all night, with Anaheim's great bullpen inheriting a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Marlon Anderson took a ball from the generally unhittable Francisco Rodriguez, and hit it to around the warning track in right center. The RF Guerrero and CF Finley were both chasing it. Finley attempted a sliding catch and missed the ball, but it caromed off his leg and bounced into the right field corner. Meanwhile, with his momentum the other way, Guerrero had no shot to chase it down. By the time Finley caught up to the ball, he had no play at home, as Anderson scooted all the way around for an inside-the-park home run (his first HR of the season).

Then in the tenth, after an error by gold glover Mientkiewicz led to an Angel run scoring, the Mets got two runners on base with none out. However, Beltran and Piazza both struck out, putting the game in Cliff Floyd's hands. He quickly worked a full count and began fouling off pitches. The seventh pitch of the at-bat was a towering fly to the second deck of Shea, just a few feet on the wrong side of the right field foul pole. After two more fouls though, Floyd lined a shot off the scoreboard for a walk-off winner. Great dramatic ending, arguably the best moment in the last few years for the Mets.

August 18, 2005

Marlon Anderson is a beast! He hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth to tie the game and then Floyd hit a walk-off bomb to end it. I wish things could always be this good

December 28, 2005

I had an interesting view of this game - from the 3rd or 4th tier in right field, just to the foul side of the foul pole. When Marlon Anderson hit his game-tying inside-the-park- home run, all I saw was Anderson sprinting around the bases and no throw coming in from right field. I never saw the ball bounce off Finley's leg. Also, when Floyd hit his long foul bomb before his eventual walk-off homer later in that at-bat in the 10th inning, our section was one of the few sections who knew it was foul as it left the bat, while the rest of the stadium exploded, only to be dissapointed seconds later. Of course, Cliff hit one out anyway. One other thing to remember - Jose Reyes' steal of 3rd base as Brandon Donnelly stared at the ground with the ball in his hand right before that fateful pitch to Floyd in the 10th. Maybe it had some sort of impact on the pitch, who knows. Best game all year, I was privledged to be there.

mike r
June 2, 2006

I was lucky enough to be at this amazing game, a game I will never forget.

Three things happened that day that I have never seen live before at a Mets game:

  • A Met robbing someone of a home run: Carlos Beltran pulling Molina's drive in from over the center field wall.
  • A Met (or anyone) hitting an inside-the-park home run: Marlon Anderson's game tying sprint.
  • A Met walk-off home run: Cliff Floyd's game winner after a long, dramatic at bat.
It was a classic.

October 15, 2008

What a great game. Headed into the city and got some sausages in midtown. It rained like crazy, had a little bit of a delay. after that the game was pretty much blah until the later innings. That Marlon inside-the-park home run was insane. Then the Cliffy hit, when he hit the ball and it went foul. I really thought he would strike out right after that, but then he rocketed that ball over the wall and we won!

Shickhaus Franks
December 26, 2008

I remember watching this game on Ch. 11 and it was a very rocking comeback. SNY replayed this game on Christmas Day 2008 as a wonderful relief from the Yule Log etc. Dave O'Brien and Tom Seaver were the announcing team for this one as K-Rod was the one who gave up Marlon Anderson's inside the park home run. Then Cliff Floyd hits a mammoth walkoff HR!

February 18, 2011

If anyone can find me video feed of the two home runs, I'll be forever grateful!!

Jerry D.
May 28, 2010

Was there a triple play in this game? Or has my memory embellished the best regular season game I ever attended?

June 29, 2011

The last Mets game I went to at Shea before moving away. I went with my son and we saw a great win, with a walk-off home run by Cliff Floyd.

The first-ever game I went to, with my dad, back in 1966, the Mets beat the Giants on a walk-off home run by Ron Swoboda.

Nice book ends!

Candy Moore
July 6, 2012

If I recall correctly there was a long rain delay to start this game. We waited it out, and the ending (especially Anderson's inside-the- park home run in the 9th to send it to extra innings) was well worth the wait.

Paul A.
December 6, 2012

As a Father's Day gift to my dad, I had my oldest son (8 at the time) ask him (my dad) to take him (my son) to his first Mets game, just as my Dad had taken ME to MY first Mets game exactly 25 years earlier when I was 9. Then the 3 of us went to one of the most unbelievable games I ever saw at Shea - Marlon Anderson's inside-the-parker to tie it in the bottom of the ninth was crazy enough, but then Cliff Floyd's epic at-bat capped off by a 3-run walk-off blast after we had fallen behind in the tenth just sent us all into an absolute frenzy - - wonderful baseball/family memory.

June 16, 2005 Oakland Coliseum
Mets 9, Oakland Athletics 6
Richard A
December 9, 2011
Went to this game and sat about six rows behinds the Mets dugout. It was an overcast day, and about 18,000 people in the stands. Piazza and Beltran both hit long home runs as the Mets scored seven in the fifth inning.

June 24, 2005 Yankee Stadium II
Mets 6, New York Yankees 4
December 28, 2005
I went with my friends and we sat in the absolute nosebleeds of the upper deck in right field in Yankee Stadium. It was one of the worst traffic days in the history of NYC, so we got there in the third inning, just in time for the fireworks (unfortunately we missed our 3 SAC flys courtesy of one Bernie Williams).

The rest of the game was great. Beltran hit a blast and made an unbelievable play in the field to preserve the lead late. The whole atmosphere of the stadium was great, everybody was into it and there were Let's Go Mets cheers popping up everywhere.

I remember seeing Beltran's home run travel under me as I sat in the upper deck, and hearing the groans and cheers signaling where it landed. (And of course the next day, Floyd hit a home run right where I was sitting the previous night)

The Yankees made it exciting in the 9th inning, but Pedro had kept the lead safe. There is no better feeling than beating those damn Yankees in their own house!

June 26, 2005 Yankee Stadium II
New York Yankees 5, Mets 4
March 1, 2006
It was a hot muggy night in the Bronx. The Mets won the first 2 games of a weekend series and were well on their way to sweeping the series when in comes Braden Looper and spits the bit in the 8th. I went from talking major smack to the Yankee fans in the upper deck to walking out with my head held low while being ridiculed about my "closer".

Killer K
April 28, 2006

Now, as a long-time Met fan, I've seen my fair share of heart breaking, soul-crushing games (the Braves figure prominently in many of these memories). But never in my life have I had to bear this kind of humiliation or sense of letdown in person. After the Mets had taken the first two games of this series, on the brink of sweeping the Yanks (at a time when the jobs of both Stottlemyer and Torre were on the line), I drove to the Bronx and bought some scalped seats, anticipating history. I should have known better, of course.

Randy finally decided to pitch decently against the Mets, and both teams played awful baseball throughout. When Roberto came on the eighth to barely hold the lead, I figured that destiny was on our side. But in the back of my mind I knew that one run was not enough of a lead, especially when that bullpen door opened to welcome our beloved closer for the ninth...

If you've never experienced the singular pleasure of walking down the halls of Yankee Stadium, clad in Mets gear and having arrogant, front-runners cheer "1986!" in your ear, I suggest you try it. It humbles you in a way that can't otherwise be equalled. As the Mets rampage the league in the first week of this season, I wait with baited-breath for our meetings with the Bombers this year; you think Giambi will be able to deliver another game winning hit against the lefty firearm of Billy Wagner? Don't think so either...

July 7, 2005 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Mets 3, Washington Nationals 2
Elliot S.
August 18, 2005
This was a great victory for the Mets, as it was the type of game the Mets generally blow and the Nats generally win (at least for the first half of 2005). Close game all night, the Mets got in some trouble in the ninth inning but Heilman got out of it.

In the eleventh, Piazza hit an RBI single (his second RBI of the game) to score Beltran. In theory, this should have brought up David Wright with Piazza on first and Floyd on third and one out, but Piazza was then thrown out by the catcher trying to stretch it to a double, and then Floyd was thrown out trying to sneak home on the Piazza play. Typical Mets concentration blunder, but it wasn't costly as Looper closed the game for a big 3-1 series victory. Beginning with the first game of this series, the Nats took a horrible dive, falling out of the division lead and back to the pack. As of my writing this, they are two games out of the wild card race but still fading.

July 8, 2005 PNC Park
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 5
John Autero
July 18, 2005
Question: When are the Mets going to start paying me NOT to go to road games? And as awful as this game was, it was a typical road game for me. I was at the 9/19/84 game in Philly when the Mets lost 13-5, the 6/11//85 game when the Phills led 16-0 after 2 and beat the Mets 26-7. And I was at the Montreal series 6/10-12/88 when after losing the first two, the Mets led 3-0 in the 9th when Davey Johnson took out Sid Fernandez who was pitching a 1-hitter. Of course, they lost 4-3. This loss to Pittsburgh typifies my 1-11 road record-and I got to see them lose the 2nd game of the series too. Oddly, my only win came in 1998 in Boston when the Mets beat Wakefield-but got only two hits.

July 14, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 3
July 18, 2005
I always enjoy attending the first game back after the All-Star Break. It feels like a Mini-Opening Day. Especially when the All-Star Break feels a year long. So I was in attendance this night for one of the better games I've seen this season.

Walking into the Stadium, there was a certain buzz in the air. Maybe it was because the Braves were in, or maybe everyone was thinking like me and just wanted to go to the "Second Opening Day." Or maybe they just wanted a Mets Mousepad. Who knows.

Benson and Horacio Ramirez basically duked it out for the early part of the game. David Wright led off the second with an absolute bomb of a HR over Andro Jones' head, and over the 410 mark in CF.

Benson had retired the first 10 batters before allowing a single to Pete Orr, who then stole second and scored on an Andro Jones single (Andro Jones, it seems, has become the new most hated Brave at Shea, especially with LARRY out of the lineup). But the Mets forged back in front on Wright's second HR, a rocket into the bleachers in Left.

Benson cruised into the 7th, when he finally ran out of gas, and Adam LaRoche launched a 2 run HR to give Atlanta their first lead. Things looked dim, especially when, with Wright on 3rd and 2 outs in the last of the 7th, Willie sent up Jose Offerman to Pinch Hit. Perched in the Upper Deck, my friend and I couldn't quite see him come out of the dugout. My friend turned to me and said, "Who's number 35?" I scoff and say "Jose Offerman! Good God, it's Jose Awfulman!"

Of course Jose shut me up by pounding a single through the left side to score Wright and re-tie the game.

Then in the 8th, it was that familiar sight from so many games and great moments of years past that would turn the game in favor of the Mets. After Beltran lined a 2B off the wall (his 4th hit of the game, no less), and Floyd walked on 4 pitches, who else but the Greatest Hero in Mets History, Mike Piazza, comes up and blasts a towering, majestic, Vintage Mike Piazza Home Run off the side of the Loge section in Right. And, of course, the crowd goes nuts, and Mike gets the Curtain Call.

Looper came in for the 9th and got the side in order. And, YES! A great victory in front of a large crowd. A great way to start off what will hopefully be a successful second half of the season.

July 15, 2005 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
August 27, 2005
Would have been one of the best games of the 2005 season had the Mets won. It featured a great and sexy pitching matchup of Tom Glavine versus former long time teammate John Smoltz for the first time. Both pitched terrifically, however one bad fielding play cost the Mets the game. Still a very entertaining game.

July 17, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 1
July 13, 2008
I was at this game; it was overcast, but Pedro was brilliant. 6 Innings 61 pitches.

July 20, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, San Diego Padres 3
October 2, 2005
Went to this game with two of my friends who accompanied me to most of the games I went to this year. We got there in the bottom of the third. Mets went up 4-0 on Mike Piazza's RBI double. Piazza also hit his first home run in what seemed like forever in the fifth. Tom Glavine made my nerves act up a little in the fourth, but managed to pitch six solid innings. Juan Padilla got his first major league save.

July 21, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, San Diego Padres 0
Menachem G. Jerenberg
September 7, 2007
My first game attended in 5 years and, oh, what a treat: Kazuhisa Ishii vs. Jake Peavy. Wonderful. No doubt about the outcome, right? Naturally. Kaz Ishii shocked Metdom by going 6 scoreless innings as the Mets busted out with 11 runs in the middle innings to get his 3rd win of the season. Not even the inclusion of Danny "Sky-High ERA" Graves in the last inning could spoil the shutout, though he tried his darndest, putting 2 men on.

July 23, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 5
Lee Bromfield
October 15, 2008
I'm a Met fan from the UK and was over in NY for my best friend's bachelor party - he has family in Jackson Heights. I headed off to Shea that afternoon desperate to see Pedro pitch; I managed to score a Loge Box seat in section 1 right behind home plate - best seat Ive ever had at Shea. It was an exciting time as you could feel the Mets were stirring again, and despite a nightmare first inning in which we gave up 3 runs on 2 errors as I recall, Jose Reyes bunt singled on base on his first pitch and the comeback was on. It was great to see Pedro pitch before his skills began to fade away and it was also good to see a good crowd again and our young nucleus of Reyes, Wright and Beltran taking shape.

I floated back into Manhattan on the 7 train, convinced the whole bachelor party (12 of us) to go back to Shea the next day to see Kris Benson pitch a beauty in another win. My other memory of the Saturday game was that despite being 34 years old I was asked for ID at the concession stand!

July 24, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Putbeds 1986
February 1, 2006
Nice sunny day. We got seat cushions (a fave promotion). It was me, my sister, her b-f, my niece and nephew and our friend Kathy. Kris Benson was outstanding in destroying Milton "Next Stop the WWE" Bradley, Jeff "Git-R-Done" Kent and the once-great Dodgers. Piazza hits a big time shot into the wild blue yonder; I think it landed in Astoria. I've been going to Shea since 1975 and this was a terrific day for this LIFE LONG METS FAN!

July 26, 2005 Coors Field
Colorado Rockies 4, Mets 3
Joe Figliola
August 5, 2005
One errant throw was the difference between a 3-1 Mets win and what turned out to be a 4-3 loss. Why is Reyes, with two out, no one on base and the gangly Eric Byrnes at bat, doing his Nolan Ryan impersonation and gunning the ball 100mph to Woodward? I'm sorry, but the error should have gone to Jose; the throw was low and too fast to handle.

The blame, however, should not totally fall solely on Jose. Ishii should've reached down inside for something extra to get that third out. Instead, he threw fat fastballs and that contributed to the Mets' loss.

I felt bad for Woodward. Not only did he receive an error he didn't deserve, he also hit two seeds that were caught by the Rockies' shortstop. Add to the fact that I scored this game and you wind up with a pretty icky night.

August 2, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Milwaukee Brewers 8
May 24, 2007
Mike Piazza came in as a pinch hitter and drew a walk-off walk off Julio Santana to win the game in extra's This wouldnt be done again until Carlos Delgado draws a walk-off walk in the bottom of the 9th against Cubs reliever Michael Weurtz.

January 11, 2011

The key to this game was Cameron's solo homer off Derek Turnbow to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Doug Mientkiewicz reached base 5 times in 6 plate appearances.

August 3, 2005 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Mets 4
September 11, 2005
Went to this game with a few friends and aquantiances. Pedro pitched a solid seven innings. Hernandez and Looper totally melted down, then Beltran grounded out on the first pitch with the tying run in scoring position and two outs in the ninth drawing boos. Mets lose, 6- 4.

August 4, 2005 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Brewers 12, Mets 9
Kevin from Flushing
August 28, 2007
My all-time favorite Fran Healy moment was a result of this game. The Mets go into the 9th inning leading 9-7, Roberto Hernandez has a meltdown and gives up 5 runs to the lousy Brewers, and the Mets lose 12-9. This was their second brutal 9th inning loss in as many days, their 7th loss in the last 10 games, and it knocked the Mets back to the .500 mark. The slim slim chance at a postseason run was flatlining all week, and this game was like the doctor officially pronouncing our death. And what does Fran Healy have to say about it?

"The story of the night: Mike Piazza! Five RBIs!"

Menachem G. Jerenberg
September 22, 2007

The whole game was a seesaw affair, with everybody scoring runs (and leaving men on) in bunches and Willie Randolph making a big mistake by leaving in Benson, who was obviously tired, to pitch the 5th, where he gave up 3 tying runs. The Mets scrabbled for a 9-7 lead, with Mike Piazza having one of his last great games for us, going 3-for-5 with a HR and 5 RBIs--but it was all for naught; in a classic case of unfairness, decidedly mediocre reliever Danny "Digging Our" Graves pitched a scoreless 8th, while Roberto Hernandez (a favorite of mine that year) came in for the 9th and coughed up FIVE RUNS, ballooning his previously miniscule ERA to 2.88. The Metsies put 2 on in the bottom of the inning, but David Wright (I think) couldn't bring them around and made the last out.

August 7, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
Phil Thiegou
June 28, 2006
Zambrano vs. Zambrano. One of the Cubs' aces vs. one of the Mets' jokes. Lo and behold Victor pitched like an ace and Carlos pitched like a joke. I'm sure this game made Victor tell all the nay-sayers about the trade for Scott Kazmir "I told you so!" Too bad this gem was his only highlight as a Met.

Plus this game was the ESPN Sunday night game, so I'm sure a national audience was amazed by Victor and too wondered about the Kazmir trade. Oh, if they only saw the rest of his games.

John B.
April 1, 2014

The first Mets game I went to. I still wish David Wright made his amazing play this game and not in San Diego a game later.

August 9, 2005 PETCO Park
San Diego Padres 8, Mets 3
July 17, 2007
Even though they lost this game, this was the one where David Wright had the one handed catch for the ages.

August 11, 2005 PETCO Park
San Diego Padres 2, Mets 1
November 6, 2005
One of the scariest on-field moments in Mets history took place in the bottom of the seventh inning of this game.

David Ross of the Padres hit a Tom Glavine pitch to right center field. Centerfielder Carlos Beltran started running full-speed after the ball, as did right fielder Mike Cameron.

Both outfielders dove, gloves outstretched, and collided head-to-head while in mid-air. Both left the game, Cameron on a stretcher and Beltran, miraculously, under his own power.

Both suffered fractures of the facial bones, although Beltran's injuries were less severe and he returned to the lineup only a week later.

Cameron's injuries (facial fractures, swelling, etc.) were much more severe and he would miss the remainder of the season.

August 14, 2005 Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Mets 1
Ed K
July 6, 2012
Sad finish to a Pedro no-hit bid as he gives up a triple and homer in the 8th to lose the game 2- 1.

August 20, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Washington Nationals 8
Jared K
December 22, 2005
A great late summer Saturday night to be at the game. I went with my good buddy from high school. There was hardly any humidity, and the breeze from the Long Island Sound was very refreshing. Couldn't ask for better weather and a better matchup, Pedro vs. Livan.

The Mets jumped all over Livan early, opening up an 8-0 lead. Leave it to the Mets bullpen to blow it. The utterly incompetent duo of Danny Graves and Dae Sung Koo let the runs accumulate after Randolph pulled Pedro in the 6th inning.

Randolph then dispatched Looper to put out the fire. He screwed up too, gave up the last run to make it 8-8 in the bottom 9th. Extra innings after an 8-0 lead!! WOO HOO!!!

Somehow, Gerald Williams got on base and Chris Woodward singled him home to win this game in the 10th!! Unbelievable!!

Kevin from Flushing
March 20, 2007

A classic Pedro game for sure. The Mets couldn't even hold an 8-run lead for him.

This game truly does hold a special place in my heart though, as it was at this game that my girlfriend and I took a big step in our relationship. I had been with my girlfriend for 7 years at that point, and for those 7 years I was slowly weaning baseball and the Mets on her.

Earlier in the season, she put her foot in the door of Met-fandom by referring to the Mets for the first time as "we". This night, she officially graduated.

The Nationals start chipping away at the 8-0 lead in the 7th. My girlfriend turns to me and says, "what, did they decide not to play anymore? They have an 8 run lead so they dont have to play hard?" I told her to calm down, the game wasn't over yet, the Mets can still win. Besides, we still had a 2 run lead.

Fast forward to the end of the 9th. The Nats tie the game off Looper and we go to extra innings. For the first time ever, my girlfriend begins fuming: "F*** THIS TEAM! THEY JUST F***ING GAVE UP! LET'S F***ING LEAVE, RIGHT NOW! I DON'T HAVE TO SIT THERE AND WATCH THEIR S*** ANYMORE! F*** 'EM! F***ING A*******!"

I just smiled, laughed, and gave her a hug n kiss. I told her, "that's it, you are now officially a full-fledged Met fan".

Thank god Chris Woodward came through with the RBI single in the 10th. If he hadn't who knows if I ever would have gotten her back to Shea.

August 23, 2005 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 14, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Ken Akerman
April 28, 2006
I attended this game as a part of a group outing for my company, Direct Alliance Corporation of Tempe. We sat in the left field bleacher section. From the perspective of a Diamondbacks fan, this game was a pathetic disaster. The company paid for the tickets, and they provided certificates redeemable for food and drinks at the concession stands. Since many of the people who had reserved tickets did not show up, the organizers of this event gave away extra certificates to those who did attend, so I was able to get a second bratwurst and a second cup of beer. Since the Mets were up by 13 runs after six innings, I was able to leave the game early and get home to get a full night's sleep before returning to work the following morning.

August 24, 2005 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 18, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
Ed K
March 21, 2010
David Wright scored 4 runs for the second game in a row setting a Met record of 8 runs in two consecutive games.

Joseph E Lambertson
April 28, 2012

Is my memory failing me when I say that I recall that Mike Jacobs hit for the cycle in this game and also had a walk? I could swear that there was a Met player who hit for the cycle in a game in the not too distant past and also drew a walk in the same game. Was it Mike Jacobs? I was reminded of this by yesterday's game April 27, 2012 in which Scott Hairston hit for the cycle. Now all we need is a no-hitter.

May 30, 2013

At the above comment: No, Jacobs did not hit for the cycle in this game. He did have 4 hits though.

Eric Valent hit for the cycle in 2004 and also had a walk; that's probably what you're thinking of.

August 30, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 4
October 13, 2005
Went to this game with my mom, grandma, and dad. We sat in the field level near third base. What a classic! It felt good to be at a key Mets game within the last month of the season for a change. Things looked bad at first as they were down 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth on home runs by Kenny Lofton, Pat Burrell (of course), and a RBI single by Jimmy Rollins. Mets looked flat and my mom was seemingly throwing in the towel. However, the Phillies' lead was down to 4-3 by the bottom of the eighth. Mets had two runners on with one out against the tough Ugueth Urbina, Ramon Castro comes up, and BAM! The crowd went wild after he hit a home run. Braden Looper came in and closed it out. The next day in my 8AM class, these two guys tell me how they saw me on TV. I thought they were just messing around. Then, I got a voicemail from my friend Jim telling me the same thing. Anyway, I had the replay taped and there I was in the bottom of the fifth when they showed the crowd during Carlos Beltran's at-bat. An awesome memory added. Too bad they could not continue the momentum.

Anthony R
October 13, 2005

The last "hurrah" of 2005. R. Castro put our Mets within .5 games of the Phils for the Wild Card spot with a dramatic 3-run dinger. Then the next night Pedro gives up a lead and the roof caves in for the next 2 weeks. But the hope of a great Met team for the future is still there.

February 26, 2006

This was the high point of the Mets season, when I thought the Mets were going to the playoffs. They were down 4-1 and they began chipping away and then Ramon Castro stepped up and hit a monster home run to left and the Mets won. This put them 1/2 game out of the wild card, but that was the closest they would come.

Dan H.
January 6, 2007

Great night because of the Castro home run, but also because Mike Cameron made his first Shea appearance (he exchanged lineup cards before the game) since his collision with Carlos Beltran in San Diego, and Mike got a terrific reception from the crowd. Also, we had a chance to meet Davey Johnson, manager from those great '80's teams, who was making a rare appearance at Shea.

January 14, 2011

Great game. Key play was Beltran throwing out Kenny Lofton at home plate in the 5th (Chollie was ejected arguing the call). We didn't have enough to maintain the momentum.

September 1, 2005 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 1
Tom C.
April 10, 2012
I remember two things from this game: David Bell's two-out, two-RBI dunk hit in the first (a great piece of hitting) to get the Phils on the board first; and Ryan Howard's monster HR in the 9th that made a lot of people sit up and take notice. We sat behind home plate and the guy with the radar gun who clocked all the pitches for the scoreboard told me to watch out for this kid Howard. Boy, was he right!

September 7, 2005 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
October 13, 2005
This game is Braden Looper in a nutshell. Against a young team, that is most probably adept at hitting fastballs right down the middle, he blows the save, then the Mets re-gain the lead in the 10th, and Looper goes back out and BLOWS IT AGAIN! Wow. This probably clinched him not returning as the closer in the 2006 Season. He stinks!

Putbeds 1986
February 24, 2006

The Mets were still in the thick of things for a wild card when Braden Looper (Good Riddance) blew the lead in the bottom of the 10th inning against the bleeping Braves!!! After the game, I turned off the tv and was deep in thought when it hit me and it reminded me of a scene of the 1970 Rankin/Bass Christmas cartoon "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" when the Burgermeister ordered his guards to burn all the toys in front of the poor kids of Somberville. But subsitute Burgermeister for Bobby Cox, the kids for us Mets fans and Somberville for Turner Field aka Our HOUSE OF HORRORS!!!! You get the picture.

September 16, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 0
February 26, 2006
This was the time when the Mets realized they just blew their chances of making the playoffs and they tried to make it up to their fans by winning the rest of their games. Pedro Martinez, the one bright spot for the Mets all season, was on the mound and he pitched a gem. He woke up the Shea crowd from its two week hibernation and for the last three innings, it felt like the Mets were in the playoff race again. For those three innings, all you could hear throughout the stadium were chants of "Let's Go Pedro" and Pedro ended the game with a 6-hit shutout and ten strikeouts. It was only when I woke up the next morning that I remembered that the Mets were not going to the playoffs this year.

September 25, 2005 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Mets 6, Washington Nationals 5
Edgy DC
February 17, 2006
This was that Sunday I went down to the Bobby on a whim to catch my last glimpse of Mike Piazza as a Met. He paid me for my trouble by absolutely clubbing two homers. But Mike Jacobs topped him with a Strawberry-esque moonshot, absolutely launched into the private boxes.

It's not usually the moonshot that gets me going in baseball. But when you're on the road and everyone wants to shove a fist in your face, moonshots are a nice crowd-shutter-upper.

The woman in front of me had Nats pins all over her bag and hat, but scarcely looked up from her romance novel throughout the game to see the real romance heroes on display in front of her. Poor creature.

Even though it was only a one-run-final, the game felt never in doubt, and the Nats supporters were kind of disapponited that Piazza got nothing to hit the rest of the way. Stupid Frank Robinson.

September 29, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Colorado Rockies 0
Joe From Jersey
January 15, 2006
I wish I had gone to this game (I went Friday Night). But it was the most exciting late-season games in recent memory. Piazza's last Mets HR, David Wright's 2 dingers. He's the best 3rd Baseman in the Big Apple. Take that Mr. Hamburger Helper Hands/Texas Hold 'em Rodriguez! Glavine goes the distance with a 11 strikeout/2 hitter complete game. I cannot wait for 2006 and the promise it brings for better days ahead!

September 30, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Colorado Rockies 2
Jim Quick
October 13, 2005
A great game pitched by Benson. This victory was the Mets 82nd. It iced their first winning season since 2001.

October 2, 2005 Shea Stadium
Colorado Rockies 11, Mets 3
February 26, 2006
A sad ending to a sad season. Willie had Piazza batting cleanup because he knew it was gonna be Mike's last game as a Met. Hey, at least he didn't strike out. Piazza batted three times and grounded out to the left side each time, then waved his hat and left the game. Throughout the game they were showing all of Piazza's highlights up on the scoreboard and it feels like it wasn't that long ago when Piazza was hitting 40 homers and 120 rbis and hitting those dramatic shots of Trevor Hoffman, Roger Clemens, and Kevin Brown. But I guess 5 years is a pretty long time. The rest of the game didn't really seem to matter, the Rockies scored twice in the first and then Jacobs and Diaz went back-to-back in the second and it felt like they had a chance, but then they lost 11-3. I guess everyone was just hoping Piazza would go out with a bang like Zeile did the year before when he ended his career with a home run, but Piazza couldn't even get the ball out of the infield.

Shickhaus Franks
March 31, 2010

Historical last game of the 2005 season being Mike Piazza's last game as a Met and the last Mets game broadcast on Fox Sports Net as the organization would be starting up SNY in March of 2006. I always wished that I went to this game but wound up watching on TV instead.

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