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METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF GAMES FROM THE 2006 SEASON
April 3, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Washington Nationals 2
Hank M
April 5, 2006
This win gives the Mets 28 Opening Day wins in their history. The amazing thing about this fact is that they didn't win a season opening game until 1970, losing their first eight! I believe they have more wins on Opening Day than any other major league team since '70. Has any other team won more openers than the Mets over the last 37 years? If there is, I'd like to know which team that is!

Lee
April 28, 2006

Great opening day win at Shea! The Mets played well, especially Xavier Nady who went 4 for 4. Hopefully he will keep up that kind of performance this year. Now they just need to beat real teams like the Braves and the Astros.

Mets2Moon
May 24, 2006

There is nothing better than being out there for Opening Day. The Home Opener is nice, but it doesn't quite have the same feeling as the real Opening Day. Last season, for the Home Opener, it seemed like the game happened, but nobody was really prepared for it. Not this year. Everything was in place. The crowd was ready, the Bunting was in place, and the Mets took the field, and it seemed everything was right with the world.

Tom Glavine's first pitch of the season was a ball outside, prompting my friend to turn to me and say, "That's it, the season's a disaster! Break up the team!"

The first car fire of the season took place behind the bleachers in Left Field during the bottom of the 1st. Took about half an inning before firemen got to the car.

The new guys stood out, especially Nady, who ripped 4 hits, 2 of which led to runs, and LoDuca, who blooped a clutch 2-out hit in the 3rd to drive home the first run of the season.

And, of course, David "The Truth" Wright nailed his first HR of the year in the 6th, a Piazza-esque blast to Right, prompting chants of MVP! MVP! MVP!

Heilman was shaky, but a great relay throw from Floyd to Reyes to LoDuca cut down Soriano at home with the potential tying run in the 8th. Beltran also supplied a key assist from the OF as he cut down Vidro trying to stretch a single to a double in the 9th for the last out of the game, and Yes! A victory on Opening Day!

The only downside to the afternoon came following the game. With the impending construction of a new stadium, it seems more people than normal are using the Subway. This is problematic because the entrances to the Subway at Shea are not quite equipped to handle such large crowds. I had to stand around for no less than 15 minutes until the crowd thinned out. This is going to get messy when they start building the new Stadium and wipe out half the parking lot. We shall see...

April 5, 2006 Shea Stadium
Washington Nationals 9, Mets 5
Edgy DC
April 19, 2006
The National Anthem singer for this game? Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, thank you very much.

April 6, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Washington Nationals 5
Putbeds 1986
April 19, 2006
After going to Shea several times in '05 and NOT seeing Pedro pitch in any of them, I didn't take that chance and went to Shea on Thursday Night. They tell me that when Pedro Martinez takes the mound, it's an event in itself! And they're right! It wasn't vintage Pedro but it was enough: 6 IP 4 H 5R (4 earned) 5 BB 6 K's and 3 HBP including 2x to Jose Guillen who tried to attack Pedro with his bat but was stopped as both benches and bullpens cleared. Later on, Nats P Felix Rodriguez gets ejected for hitting Paul LoDuca and Frank Robinson rips a new one to the 3 umps (the other ump Ted Barrett got hurt and had to leave the game). Anyway, the 2 Carlos (Delgado & Beltran) smack dingers and the Mets win 10-5. And they play each other 16 more times in 2006, Oh Joy!!!!

Lee
May 13, 2006

This was a great game. Delgado and Beltran both hit homers and Delgado is the scariest hitter we've had since, well, Piazza 5 years ago. Pedro wasn't incredible, but that Jose Guillen incident made the game great.

April 12, 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Mets 3, Washington Nationals 1
Lee
April 28, 2006
They had to line up a whole bunch of police dogs on the edge of the field because Pedro was coming to Washington, but he got another victory and the Mets are off to an incredible start.

April 17, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 3
Anthony
April 19, 2006
What an awesome night. Myself and two friends who accompanied me to a lot of games last year went to our first of the season. I also ended up running into my brother-in-law, his brother, and some friends they were with. Braves were their same pesky selves, but Pedro and the bullpen were able to hold them off for his 200th win. There was a Braves fan with a Chipper Jones jersey on getting a rise out of the Shea faithful. Here's hoping that this is the season where the Mets finally dethrone the Braves.

Lee
April 28, 2006

Nady and Delgado have been so great this year and they each blasted off, holding it down for Pedro and giving him his 200th win.

April 19, 2006 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
Lee
April 28, 2006
David Wright has been great this year, and I feel that he is the main reason the Mets have a shot at making the playoffs and possibly winning it all this year. But today, he made 3 errors, made the final out, just not his day. And the Mets need to find some way to hold down Andruw Jones. He hit his fourth home run of this series this day, dominating the Mets the way the other Jones (Larry!!!!) would have if he wasn't injured. Even though, after these two losses, they still are tied with the best record in baseball (10-4), the Mets really need to focus on beating real teams. Just because you can beat the Nationals, the Marlins, and the Brewers, doesn't mean you can beat the big guys, and they still need to start beating the good teams.

April 21, 2006 PETCO Park
San Diego Padres 2, Mets 1
Bob P
May 24, 2006
A fourteen inning loss in San Diego...not that much happened in this game.

But to put things in perspective, almost 20 years ago, everyone old enough to remember the 1986 season will surely recall the crazy fourteen inning victory over Cincinnati on July 22, 1986. That was the game that featured Ray Knight and Eric Davis fighting, Dave Parker dropping a potential game-ending routine fly ball, Gary Carter playing third base, and Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco playing the outfield.

Well, since that strange night in Cincinnati, this game tonight was the fourteenth game of at least fourteen innings that the Mets have played on the road. Their record in those games is 0-14.

April 22, 2006 PETCO Park
Mets 8, San Diego Padres 1
Shickhaus Franks
August 20, 2006
Pedro was great as he struck out 11 Marines, er I mean Padres (It was military night and the Pods were wearing camoflague unis since S.D. is a military town) and Metal Mike Piazza greets his old mates with a HR. But this game will always be remembered for Keith Hernandez's comments on Padres massage therapist Kelly Calabrese being in the dugout. My sister is a massage therapist and works very hard at her craft, so I added E-3 in my mental scorecard.

April 26, 2006 Pacific Bell Park
Mets 9, San Francisco Giants 7
Charlie
April 28, 2006
WOW! What a game!

First, Barry Bonds' pinch-game-tying 2-run jack in the 9th totally takes the wind outta my sails...

Then, the Mets strand the bases loaded in the top of the 10th...

All is lost! Woe is us!

But wait!

Castro's bloop single, Chavez's bunt, Woodward's double in front of a clearly crippled Bonds plating Castro then Reyes with the base hit...

METS WIN! METS WIN! THEY WIN!

April 28, 2006 Turner Field
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 2
Putbeds 1986
July 12, 2006
Man, what a way to begin a series at Turner Field. Pedro was amazing for starters and David Wright hits 2 nice dingers. And Billy Wagner with 3 ducks on the pond, strikes out former playoff hero Todd Pratt to end the game. Last year, Loopy Looper woulda gave up a game winner, BUT NOT THIS YEAR!!! Give this message to Ted, Fred Flintstone, Larry King, and the former president from Plains, Ga.: YOUR REIGN OF DIVISION TITLES ENDS IN 2006!! LETS GO METS!!

May 2, 2006 Shea Stadium
Washington Nationals 6, Mets 2
Ed K
September 2, 2008
John Maine's first start as a Met.

May 3, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Mets2Moon
July 12, 2006
Carlos! Carlos! Carlos!

I sat through a mucky afternoon game as a youth during the playoffs in 1988, and I would liken sitting through this game 18 seasons later to that game.

Rain, not hard rain, but annoying, misty rain, fell from the 3rd inning well into the 9th, never stopping the game, but soaking the players, the field and the fans. Unlike in Philadelphia, the Mets played through, and had a 3-1 lead with Wagner on for the 9th.

Wagner blew it. I had visions of John Franco allowing the lead run and the Mets losing, but Wagner managed to get out of the jam with the tie.

Stunned, soaked and frustrated, my friend and I departed our seats in the Upper Deck as the game moved into the 10th, moving to the Mezzanine, right next to the Pedro Martinez Salsa Section, which definitely lightened the mood.

Leading off the 11th inning, a shallow pop fly was hit into no-man's land between Matsui and Beltran. They both charged after it, but it appeared hopeless...Until Endy Chavez came flying in from right, dove, and caught the ball.

Finally, leading off the 12th for the Mets, Carlos Delgado ripped one out into the Bleachers in left, raised his fists coming around first, and jumped on Home Plate, ending a game that could have very easily slipped away.

Lee
June 10, 2006

Billy Wagner blew the game... again. Pedro was denied his 6th win, just as he would be over and over after this. But, in the end, Delgado, with a flick of the wrists, lifted one over the fence and ended it. Let's Go Mets!

May 4, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Lee
June 10, 2006
Glavine did it again! He is pitching so well this year it is amazing. He's gonna be playing until he's 50, and tonight he pitched a shutout.

Shickhaus Franks
March 21, 2010

Xavier Nady's HR vs the Pirates (a team in which he would be traded to in July for Ollie Perez) wound up in a scene from the Kevin James/Adam Sandler movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

Jon
January 11, 2011

Nady's grand slam went 420 feet to center, according to my scorecard. I'll have to look up that movie. I also thought to note that Paul LoDuca came to the plate to the song "Stayin Alive."

May 5, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 7
Brandon
May 13, 2006
This is by far the greatest game I have ever been to. The Mets came back with 4 runs to tie the game in the 7th after it looked like they were never going to get anything together this night. Then Billy Wagner gives up a go ahead home run to Wilson Betemit in the top of the 11th and I was sure that the Mets were going to lose. Then Cliff Floyd, who has been struggling leads off the 11th with a bomb to right! Everyone was going crazy. The game ended 3 innings later with a double by David Wright. The game ended at midnight and I did not get home until 1 AM. What a night.

Mets2Moon
August 23, 2006

I have attended over 200 games in my lifetime, and many of them have been memorable. Few, however, have defied explanation quite like this game has.

A see-saw battle began with Trachsel getting into--and out of trouble several times in the early innings. Anyone who has been to a Trachsel game knows that he takes forever between pitches, especially with runners on base. He makes Sid Fernandez look fast by comparison. But he gave up a run in the first, and the Mets tied it on Beltran's HR, a beauty off the base of the scoreboard in Right Center.

Trachsel promptly gave up a run in the top of the 2nd, on a Brian McCann RBI double. From my perch in the Upper Deck, I was surrounded by 3 separate and distinct circles of fans.

1) The official Angry Old Man section, where they yell at each other, do bizarre strikeout chants, and say things like "That Trachsel is like Randy Johnson! They tie the game and he gives it right back!"

2) A group of female Braves fans, who screeched and fawned over Larry and said things like "Andruw Jones, you need to hit a Home Run NOW!"

3) Another group of Braves fans, hailing from Sweden. I know this because I spent most of the game talking with one of them. How do you get to be a Braves fan from Sweden? TBS, apparently.

Back to the game, and the Braves continue to lead into the 3rd, with the game moving at a snail's pace, and the Braves starter, Hiram Kyle Davies, loses the plate completely, and walks home a run. He threw 8 straight balls, and 12 out of 13 out of the strike zone. So, with 1 out and the bases still loaded, Floyd comes up and swings at the first pitch. Double play. Inning over.

The game picks up pace until the 6th, when Atlanta broke through for 2 runs after 2 were out. Everyone's favorite kind of Rally. The Braves tacked on 2 more in the 7th off of Bradford, and I was convinced that this game was officially a debacle.

I was wrong.

The Mets roared back with a vengeance in the bottom of the 7th, with a key error by Renteria, allowing a sure DP ball from Beltran through his legs, and RBI singles from Delgado, Floyd and Matsui to drive home the tying runs.

And the marathon was only beginning.

Reyes led off the last of the 8th with a triple, his 5th hit of the game, and was stranded.

The Mets had 2 on in the 9th and stranded them.

In the 11th, Wilson Betemit led off with a PH HR off of Wagner, a bomb over the center field fence. Again, I thought I was watching a dead ballgame.

Again, I was wrong. Talking to the Swedish Braves fan, he told me, "This game isn't over. Not with Reitsma coming in."

The old men were busy throwing Wagner under the Bus in so many words.

The Swede was right. Floyd led off against Reitsma and smacked a long HR into the loge section in right, re-tying the game, and sending it further on into the night.

As the game moved into the 12th, my scorecard had officially run out of innings. I had to write in a new set of columns for pitchers, and extend the game score into the margins on the side. Note to the Mets--the old style scorecards--both teams on the same page--was much more effective.

The Mets would load the bases in the 12th and strand them.

Jorge Julio came on for the 14th. I turned to the Swede and told him, "Now this is the guy WE'RE afraid of."

Julio shut me up, setting down Andro Jones, LaRoche and Francoeur after allowing a leadoff single to Larry.

Following the 14th inning stretch, the Mets finally would break through. With 2 out and Beltran on 1st, Jorge Sosa's pitch ticked off McCann's glove. It seemed like nothing at the time, but an alert Beltran immediately took off and was safe at second. It proved to be a huge play when Wright nailed one deep to center, bouncing off the warning track and over the wall for a Ground Rule double, which would have only got Beltran to 3rd had the passed ball not happened. An alert play that was overlooked, but it won the game, gave me some vindication, and, at 11:59, after 4 hours and 47 minutes, finally sent me home. I shook hands with the Swede, who was gracious in defeat, and went on my merry way.

Lee
June 28, 2006

What an incredible game! Wagner blew the game again, but David Wright got his first of many game winning hits to centerfield. MVP!

May 6, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
Putbeds 1986
May 13, 2006
I was still yawning from the 14-inning thriller from Friday Night when I took my seat in the Mezzanine (Section 31). We got a nice calendar from Banco Popular. (Note to the promotion department: You hand out calendars in April, NOT May!) A beautiful 75-degree day with many of the fans, especially the ladies wearing summer clothes. Me and my friend Kathy watched as Carlos Beltran smacked a home run and Victor Zambrano had his season end as he ran into the dugout. Jorge Julio gave us a Rolaids moment in the 9th but since the relief pitching was taxed from the night before, it was Julio or bust. WHEW! Mets win 5-4.

May 7, 2006 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 13, Mets 3
Joe Figliola
May 13, 2006
It's one thing to lose a game fair and square. It's another when you have an umpire that appeared to be dictating the outcome of the game.

Angel (aka "Devil") Hernandez has, for years, been a contstant thorn in the Mets' side. To date, I have never seen more arguments and more controversy whenever this arrogant jabroni is involved in an Amazin's contest. But when you read in the newspapers that he's telling one pitcher (Jose Lima) that his strike zone will be smaller than the more established, prestige hurler (John Smoltz), that action reeks of blatent biasness.

I also don't want to write a sollioquy on the Paul LoDuca play at the plate in the second inning. Clearly, the runner was tagged out before he reached the plate. I'm surprised LoDuca didn't smack "Devil" in the jawbone over that play.

Now I understand why Bears' footballer Steve McMichael knocked Hernandez's play-calling over the p.a. system at Wrigley Field several seasons ago. I think the Mets should be extra mindful of "Devil's" play-calling whenever his crew is in town.

May 11, 2006 Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 0
Phil Thiegou
May 31, 2006
We'll be seeing that Aaron Rowand catch off of Xavier Nady for years to come. DAMN!!!

Lee D
March 4, 2011

People don't remember that Rowand's catch actually ended the game. I remember driving up (from Baltimore) in a pouring rain, getting to the game knowing it was just a matter of time before the rain would come. When the Mets were threatening in that inning, and knowing the rain was seconds away, I just remember thinking that if the Mets take the lead, they won't win (because the game would not be official), they just won't lose either. About 90 seconds after the catch, there was so much rain you wouldn't believe it. But I do remember that, when Aaron Rowand walked off the field, even Mets fans gave him a hand. That's just one of the ways I know that Mets fans are better than Phillies fans.

Or maybe not. I'm getting forgetful in my old age. Still a helluva catch.

May 19, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, New York Yankees 6
Anthony
July 12, 2006
I went to this one with my dad, oldest sister, and bro-in-law. As expected, Jeremi Gonzalez threw batting practice for the Yanks, as they quickly built a 4-0 lead in the first. However, Randy "the Big Unit" was not much better as he let up six runs, including a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran in the first. The big moment came in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, two on, and David Wright facing Mariano Rivera. Wright hit one that went out of reach of Johnny Damon near the wall to win it 7-6 for the Mets. A real classic!

Lee
June 28, 2006

I have seen so many great Mets-Yankees games, and this was no exception. The Yankees scored four in the top of the first, and Beltran came right back and BANG! one run ballgame. The Yanks made it 5-3 and the Big Unit came back, with the Mets being the one team he could never figure out, and Nady blasted one to tie it. When Rivera came in in the ninth, it was over. David Wright hit one deep that got over Johnny Damon's head, Mets win!

Mets2Moon
August 13, 2006

In 2005, it seemed like every game I went to was an unmemorable clunker. This season has been the exact opposite.

The atmosphere is always electric at these Mets/Yankees matchups. Of course, this year was no different. I give kudos to the Mets fans this year. When I attended a Subway Series game at Shea last season, I was surrounded by hordes of smack-talking Yankee fans. This year, there were a few scattered here and there, but the park was mostly packed with Mets fans.

Jeremi Gonzalez started this one for the Mets and was promptly smacked around but good in the 1st. Damon, Jeter, Giambi and A-Fraud all reached on hits, and each one smoked the ball. A-Fraud got thrown out at 2nd on his hit, although he was probably safe, and that was finally the first out. But the Yankees weren't done. Cano and Bernie Williams drilled back to back doubles with 2 outs, and before many fans had even settled in their seats, the Yankees had a 4-0 lead with Randy Johnson pitching.

4 years ago, I would have left.

Randy Johnson isn't what he used to be. We found this out when he came out and started firing the ball all over the place. He walked Reyes, and allowed a bloop hit to LoDuca before Beltran smoked a long 3-run HR over the bleachers in LF, and before the paint had even dried on the Yanks lead, the score was 4-3.

Gonzalez would settle down and get through the 2nd, but in the 3rd, he would get into trouble, allowing a run on a walk, a hit and a Sac Fly by Cano to make it 5-3.

But again, Johnson struggled with command, and after getting the first 2 out in the Mets half of the 3rd, he allowed a single to Wright and Nady followed with a long HR over the 371 mark in Right to erase the Yankees lead and tie the game at 5-5.

A real pitchers duel, indeed.

The Yanks regained the lead in the 4th. After Jeter led off with a 2B, Willie mercifully pulled Gonzalez (who was nothing short of terrible), and brought in Oliver, who would allow Jeter to score on an RBI single from Kelly Stinnett (the immortal), before getting out of the inning.

It is important to note that Bernie Williams' single with 2 out in the 4th was not only the last hit the Yankees would get, but he would be the last Yankee to reach base against the Mets bullpen, which was fabulous this night.

The Mets would battle back in the 5th against Johnson, who was, by this point, well over 100 pitches and still struggling. Again, it was a key 2-out hit, this time by Kaz Matsui, to score Wright.

Then, the bullpens took over. Aaron Heilman came in for the 6th and was absolutely lights out. 3 innings, nothing. Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth were just as effective for the Yanks. The score remained 6-6 going into the 9th.

Of course, Billy Wagner came into the game with "Enter Sandman" blaring, extra loud just to annoy the Yankee fans.

Wagner would quickly strike out the side on 12 pitches.

The Yanks countered with Rivera for their half. LoDuca would nail a 2B with one out. After Beltran struck out, Rivera walked Delgado intentionally for David Wright, who worked the count to 2-2 before taking a cutter off his shoetops and drilling a long shot to deep center. Damon, who was playing unnecessarily shallow, had to run back...back...back...But it was hit too far. It grazed his mitt, dropped down on the Warning Track, and bedlam erupted as LoDuca scored the winning run, capping off a bizarre, frenetic and ultimately scintillating ballgame to kick off the 2006 Subway Series.

Mets2Moon
December 8, 2006

In 2005, it seemed like every game I went to was an unmemorable clunker. This season has been the exact opposite.

The atmosphere is always electric at these Mets/Yankees matchups. Of course, this year was no different. I give kudos to the Mets fans this year. When I attended a Subway Series game at Shea last season, I was surrounded by hordes of smack-talking Yankee fans. This year, there were a few scattered here and there, but the park was mostly packed with Mets fans.

Jeremi Gonzalez started this one for the Mets and was promptly smacked around but good in the 1st. Damon, Jeter, Giambi and A-Fraud all reached on hits, and each one smoked the ball. A-Fraud got thrown out at 2nd on his hit, although he was probably safe, and that was finally the first out. But the Yankees weren't done. Cano and Bernie Williams drilled back to back doubles with 2 outs, and before many fans had even settled in their seats, the Yankees had a 4-0 lead with Randy Johnson pitching.

4 years ago, I would have left.

Randy Johnson isn't what he used to be. We found this out when he came out and started firing the ball all over the place. He walked Reyes, and allowed a bloop hit to LoDuca before Beltran smoked a long 3-run HR over the bleachers in LF, and before the paint had even dried on the Yanks lead, the score was 4-3.

Gonzalez would settle down and get through the 2nd, but in the 3rd, he would get into trouble, allowing a run on a walk, a hit and a Sac Fly by Cano to make it 5-3.

But again, Johnson struggled with command, and after getting the first 2 out in the Mets half of the 3rd, he allowed a single to Wright and Nady followed with a long HR over the 371 mark in Right to erase the Yankees lead and tie the game at 5-5.

A real pitchers duel, indeed.

The Yanks regained the lead in the 4th. After Jeter led off with a 2B, Willie mercifully pulled Gonzalez (who was nothing short of terrible), and brought in Oliver, who would allow Jeter to score on an RBI single from Kelly Stinnett (the immortal), before getting out of the inning.

It is important to note that Bernie Williams' single with 2 out in the 4th was not only the last hit the Yankees would get, but he would be the last Yankee to reach base against the Mets bullpen, which was fabulous this night.

The Mets would battle back in the 5th against Johnson, who was, by this point, well over 100 pitches and still struggling. Again, it was a key 2-out hit, this time by Kaz Matsui, to score Wright.

Then, the bullpens took over. Aaron Heilman came in for the 6th and was absolutely lights out. 3 innings, nothing. Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth were just as effective for the Yanks. The score remained 6-6 going into the 9th.

Of course, Billy Wagner came into the game with "Enter Sandman" blaring, extra loud just to annoy the Yankee fans.

Wagner would quickly strike out the side on 12 pitches.

The Yanks countered with Rivera for their half. LoDuca would nail a 2B with one out. After Beltran struck out, Rivera walked Delgado intentionally for David Wright, who worked the count to 2-2 before taking a cutter off his shoetops and drilling a long shot to deep center. Damon, who was playing unnecessarily shallow, had to run back...back...back...But it was hit too far. It grazed his mitt, dropped down on the Warning Track, and bedlam erupted as LoDuca scored the winning run, capping off a bizarre, frenetic and ultimately scintillating ballgame to kick off the 2006 Subway Series.

original mets
October 28, 2006

My son and I usually listen to the radio while watching the game. The high lite of this one was not only beating the Highlanders and the Big Schmendrick but hearing Howie Rose saying And the Mets BEAT RIVERA , PUT IT IN THE BOOK; wonder what John Sterling was saying?

TJ
July 13, 2008

I went was in the middle of buying my first car when this game was on. I had a bad feeling when we were losing early int he game. The final inning I was in a Wendy's parking lot, listening to Wagner strike out the side and then Dave with the walk-off hit over shallow-playing Damon was the BEST!

Seth
December 9, 2011

I STILL remember this game as if it were yesterday. I was 9, getting ready for my first Subway Series game and it did not disappoint. Sure, the Yankees scored first but then the Mets came right back and it would later end up tied. What stands out for me though other than the Wright hit to win it was what Wagner did before in the ninth. He made the Yankees look absolutely silly and ridiculous with his heat and their strikeouts. All in all, awesome game, glad I got to see it on my local network (WB11) and definitely deserves to be a Mets Classic.

BTW, I also believed in Jeremi Gonzalez to do good in this game, but I was 9, what do you expect?

Max
April 14, 2013

One of the best games I've ever been to. It cannot be stressed enough how hard Beltran cracked that first inning home run. The Wright walk off was the appropriate storybook finish. I believe that Wright recently stated that this walk off hit is his career favorite.

May 20, 2006 Shea Stadium
New York Yankees 5, Mets 4
tom g-NJ
August 23, 2006
Damn you, Billy Wagner, and shame on you Willie Randolph for putting him in to start the 9th inning. He should have let Duaner Sanchez start the 9th inning as he pitched well in the 8th, and if he got into trouble, brought Wagner in. McCarver and Buck both said that 2 minutes after I was screaming that at the TV from New Jersey!!! Bad loss, a gift they gave to the Yankees. However, you have to credit Melky Cabrera for hanging in there fouling off pitch after pitch after pitch. That was the key at bat of the inning. The one I feel bad for is Pedro, as Wagner messed up ANOTHER SHOULD HAVE BEEN VICTORY for Pedro. He should have been at least 7-0 at the time. He pitched so well, and gutsy when he needed to in the few key at bats he needed outs in. DAMN YOU BILLY WAGNER!!

JOHN T
August 23, 2006

This has to be the most demoralizing loss in my life as a Met fan. Up 4-0 in the 9th and Wagner literally implodes. Could not believe Mets lost this game, especially the way it was lost. One third of an inning 2 hits, 3 walks 1 hit batter and 4 earned runs. Don't understand why Willie stood with him so long. I understand he is our closer but when someone obviously doesn't have it you take him out. Said all along that Billy didn't need to pitch in this game, Willie could and should have stayed with Duaner Sanchez for 1 more inning, or even Jorge Julio who was pitching much better of late. Felt my heart rip out in the eleventh. SO MUCH FOR THE SWEEP.

Brooklyn 539er
July 12, 2006

A classic Mets meltdown that will be forever remembered in the lores of Mets ineptitude. Once again Billy Wagner showed that he's the expensive version of Armando Benitez and Braden Looper by choking BIG TIME.

Pedro pitched a 7-inning gem despite the occasional errors by both teams, highlighted by a dribbler to Giambi and tried to ole it to Mussina only to go way over his head. I couldn't cheer because I was laughing my butt off.

Well the 9th came in and as Wags came in to "Enter Sandman", which caused the Yankee fans who stayed to declare heresy for Wags "stealing" Mariano Rivera's trade, I had a funny feeling that this wasn't going to be easy. Well, by the time he hit Bernie Williams, the Shea faithful were calling for his head.

So after the game was over, the Yankee fans that stayed took over Shea and let us know about the failure all the way back to Times Square on the 7.

On a "lighter" note, Joseph Gannescoli, "Fat Vito" from the Sopranos was at the game and once he was spotted, everyone was yelling out "Johnny Cakes" to him and to his credit, he was laughing it up with everyone else and took about 40 pictures with the fans he met on the way out. The next night while I and everyone else was at Shea for the Series finale (which Wag did NOT blow), Vito got whacked on the show. Maybe someone on the Mets should whack Wagner before he becomes "The Boss" of choking.

TJ
October 11, 2008

Major meltdown by Billy. I really thought Bernie was out, but that's my opinion. This was only the second time that I had witnessed the Mets lose to the Yankees live. The only other time was the Benitez meltdown on the Sunday in 03. What's with meltdowns and me?

John B
March 12, 2013

I was 9 when this game happened. In my opinion the worst the Mets ever suffered to those damn Yankees. Wagner could have gotten 3 easy outs;p he allowed 2 hits but he kept walking and hitting guys.

May 21, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, New York Yankees 3
Lee
July 12, 2006
I was at this game, and watched the bombs jump off the bats of Delgado and Wright. The Mets won and we are the champs of NYC.

May 23, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 8
john t greenpoint
June 28, 2006
One of the most exciting games of the year. Mets down three different times and find a way to tie it with 2 out in the 8th. Gary Cohen made me laugh when he said and the Mets have "pushed the rock up the hill." Is Carlos Beltran more relaxed than last year or what? Finally putting up power numbers that are gonna take this team deep into the post-season. Just amazing the last 4 games how the opposition goes ahead and we come right back to either tie or go ahead. Shows great character of this team. Isn't this team reminding you of another team from 20 years ago? Just sit back and enjoy fellow Mets fans, it's gonna be a magical year.

Lee
June 28, 2006

I was so exhausted. All I wanted to do was go to sleep. But I fought it out into the 16th inning, as they announced it was the longest game of the year. Finally, Beltran ended it with a bomb. Mets win again

D.C.
August 24, 2013

Mets come back multiple times this game, with a lovely Chris Woodward clutch double and a Jose Reyes home run to tie the game at 8.

I was 15 and had a geometry exam the next day so my brother, father, and myself left around the 11th inning. We heard Beltran's home run on the radio just before we got home while on Route 22.

May 24, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4
flushing flash
June 28, 2006
It sure looked like Alay Soler was on his way to the most disastrous debut in recent memory when he walked the first three batters he faced, yielded a single and then a grounder through Woodward's legs. His pitches were all over the place and action was already going on in the Mets' bullpen. But then he settled down and mixed in some really good changeups and sinkers that had the Phillies swinging meekly, with his fastball, which topped 90 a few times. It was too bad that he didn't get the win but we may have found ourselves a new starting pitcher.

The best thing about this team is how they pick each other up. Beltran's homer in the bottom of the first seemed to say "we're going to score for you, kid. Settle down and it'll be all right." And sure enough the Mets erased another three-run deficit and came back to win.

It's been about twenty years since I had such a good feeling about a Mets team.

john t greenpoint
May 25, 2006

Team is really rolling now after last night's marathon. Alay Soler was a little nervous in the first and it showed. Walking 3 straight batters to start the game, but settled down and pitched much better than Jose Lima did when he came up. David Wright has found his power once again and it is so good to see with Floyd struggling. If Floyd ever gets heated up with the bat this team is gonna run away with this division. Already opened up a 5 game lead again.

May 25, 2006 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
Mets2Moon
June 24, 2006
This is the infamous game where WFAN's dynamic duo, Mike & the Mad Dog, called the game on WFAN. I will forever remember Mike saying at the beginning of the game that Jeremi Gonzalez was "Singing for his supper," and Mad Dog's HR call being something in between a screech and a growl as Abreu and then Howard hit HRs in the 1st inning.

Shickhaus Franks
April 3, 2007

I was at this game and there were a lot of kids because it was "Weather Day" with Ch. 11's Mr. G throwing out the 1st pitch. Also, I bring my radio whenever at the game and letting 2 anti- Mets fans like Francesca & Russo (who are not play-by-play guys, enough said!) call a Mets game is like Paul McCartney having his next tour sponsored by Outback Steakhouse!

APetrie
July 6, 2012

For some reason, when I heard Mike and the Mad Dog were calling this game, I knew the Mets would lose.

May 26, 2006 Dolphin Stadium
Florida Marlins 5, Mets 1
john t greenpoint
June 10, 2006
Just another wasted pitching performance from the unluckiest pitcher this month for the Mets. Pedro pitched just like Pedro keeping Mets in a game that just didn't seem that they would win. Just two hits, not going to win too many games with just two hits. Mets have now lost last five games that Pedro has pitched; not a good sign. Then pedro says in newspapers after the game that he did not lose, he kept his team in the game for a chance to win. But you could see he was very ticked off in the dugout when he slammed his glove against the wall. Heart of a true competitor!

May 27, 2006 Dolphin Stadium
Mets 7, Florida Marlins 4
Kingofqueens718
June 28, 2006
Made the trip down to Miami to see the Mets/Marlins game. Dolphins Stadium was unbearably hot for a 1:20 start. Tom Glavine pitched 5 1/3 perfect innings before giving up a double to Reggie Abercrombie. Raul Castro hit a bomb off of Dontrelle Willis and David Wright had a 4 for 4 day.

May 29, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 7
john t greenpoint
July 12, 2006
What better way to honor our servicemen on Memorial Day than with a comeback Mets victory in the bottom of the 9th? This team just refuses to lose the opening game of a home series. That's now 13 in a row dating back to last year and 10 so far this year. Floyd bombs one in the sixth giving the Mets a 5-4 lead, then some added insurance by jose Valentin, also another bomb shot into the lodge section. But Heilman can't hold it and gives up a 3 run homer to Chad Tracy. Who is Chad Tracy? More like Dick Tracy! But Endy Chavez starts it off in the 9th with a leadoff double, Reyes gets him home with a single to left center, Lo Duca single drives Reyes to third and the Diamondbacks have nothing left to do but walk Beltran to load them up for Delgado who promptly strikes out but David Wright nearly slams it home, with a 405-foot single to center. Team is starting to get their legs and are right around the corner from running away with this division!

Lee
July 12, 2006

Deja vu? Trachsel did not pitch a very good game, but the Mets tied it in the ninth, and guess who ended it: David Wright, with another flyball to deep center. MVP! MVP! MVP!

May 31, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Lenny
July 12, 2006
I love low scoring pitching duels. Pedro and Webb were both fantastic this night. Both allowed only 5 hits and they left in a no score game. After 12 innings I really needed ot get some sleep but I said, "Okay one more inning." Lucky me.

The game winning single by Happy End-y Chavez was awesome, but let's not forget the defensive plays by Valentin and Milledge.

True fans believe in you guys... we're proud to be Mets fan NO MATTER WHAT!!!!

June 4, 2006 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 7, Mets 6
john t greenpoint
June 4, 2006
For a moment I thought I was gonna lose it. Not again, twice in this series he was gonna save a game. No it just can't be true. Of course I am talking about Armando Benitez the Met killer. It's truly amazing when you have a guy who cannot save big games for you, but then you trade him and all he does is come back to haunt you. But not today. Valentin and Milledge go yard for an unbelievable comeback to tie the game. But unfortunately we would lose this one in the 12th. Such a shame to lose this game after coming back. Would have been first time this team would have been 13 games over .500. Now we go on one hell of a road trip: 3 in L.A., 4 in Arizona and 3 in Philly. Mets need to go at least 6 and 4 on this trip. Could be turning point of the sesason. We will just have to wait and see what unfolds.

June 10, 2006 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
john t greenpoint
June 11, 2006
Just a great game to what is turning out to be a great road trip. Alay Soler pitches the best game so far this season by a Met pitcher, throwing a complete game shutout to potentially give the Mets a sweep of Arizona tomorrow of a 4-game series and a 5-1 record on this road trip. Met bats are coming alive collectively on this trip. Seems to be a different hero every night coming up big with their bats. Mets are averaging 7 runs a game on this trip. If we get the sweep which we should with Pedro on the mound cause he is due for a win, we will go into Philly with a 6.5 game lead and looking to run away with this division. Just find it funny how a team loses momentum when a player is arrested for illegal drugs. a.ka. Jason Grimsley. That about sums it up for the Diamondbacks. They look pretty grim!

June 11, 2006 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 15, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
john t greenpoint
August 23, 2006
What can I say? Mets are running on all cylinders! First sweep of the year, also a 4-game series sweep, usually very rare but not this time. Mets outscore Arizona 37-9 in series and head to the bandbox in Philly looking to bury the Phils.

June 13, 2006 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 7
Steven G.
December 19, 2012
David Wright saved this game. In the bottom of the ninth, with the Mets up by two and Billy Wagner on the mound, Mets nemesis Pat Burrell came to the plate with a runner on first. Burrell hit a smash down the third base line that looked like an extra-base hit off the bat. Wright dove for it, but the ball hit the dirt in front of the bag and took a weird bounce. Reacting instantly, Wright reached up and grabbed it (maybe with his bare hand), got up and fired the ball to the second baseman, who threw on to first for the double play. I still remember the incredulous call by Harry Kalas: "Are you kidding me? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??"

D.C.
September 26, 2013

This game is what I associate with being the height of my Mets fandom in the 2000s. My uncle decided out of nowhere to get tickets for this game, and after I finished my shift at my summer job, we went down to Citizens Bank Park.

The Mets won a slugfest 9-7, and yes, David Wright saved the game with a stab at third that I believe qualifies him for sainthood due to the miraculous nature.

This game was the one that really had me convinced the 2006 Mets were not going to be caught and the Braves run of NL East titles was coming to an end much sooner than anticipated. The win put the Mets at 40-23, extended a win streak to six, and began a three-game sweep in Philly that put them 9.5 up at its conclusion.

Very luminous times.

June 14, 2006 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 3
APetrie
July 6, 2012
Went to this game, Phillie fans were still seemingly shellshocked from the loss the night before.

I'd say it was about 50-50 Mets-Phillies fans in Philly's ballpark. Jimmy Rollins, I believe, hit a home run, and it was THROWN BACK ON THE FIELD. I've never seen that before or since, a player getting a homer thrown back on the field in his own ballpark.

Long rain delay thinned out the crowd, and the Mets fans took over the park. Great night in Philly.

June 17, 2006 Shea Stadium
Baltimore Orioles 4, Mets 2
Shickhaus Franks
August 13, 2006
Me, my sister, her b-f, my nephew and our friend Kathy were at this Saturday Night game along with 52,000+ fans and now, I have seen all 5 AL East teams face the Mets at Shea. The highlight had to be the return of ex-Met Kris Benson. (He mainly got booed. Lets face it, it wasn't like when Seaver returned to Shea in 1977.) And he hits a home run to boot off of Pedro and, yes Anna was there but she had left her seat to go smoke a cigarette and didn't see her hubby's 1st MLB home run.

My mother died of lung cancer several years ago and as a person who detests smoking, Anna is NOT setting a fine example at all. When I read this in the Sunday New York Daily News, I almost blew a gasket. Anna should be forced to see those tv p.s.a.'s where the man is talking with his voice box. Now that would scare Anna into giving up that disgusting habit PDQ.

By the way, we were very wise to stay at Shea a little longer after the game because my nephew wanted to get a Mets cap and with parking spaces becoming a premium, the 7 train and the LIRR is the way to go.

Gharian Price
April 12, 2013

I attended this game with my sister back in 2006. Kris Benson homered off Pedro wtf lol. Rhis game made me sad; at the end of the game, Natalie Imbruglia's song "Torn" played on the PA system. How depressing. lol

June 18, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Baltimore Orioles 4
john t greenpoint
June 20, 2006
Mets involved in one of the most bizzare plays in Mets history. Rogers the leftfielder for the Orioles is involved. When David Wright hits a liner to left that Rogers short hops, but ball goes up the left sleeve of his uniform and rolls up his arm and winds up behind his neck, scoring Jose Reyes. Most unbelievable play I have seen since I have been a Mets fan. Thank god Mets win because this would have been a tough one to swallow if we had lost. Mets are having trouble winning at Shea; have lost 4 of last 6 at the big Shea. Thank goodness for that 9-1 road trip!

June 19, 2006 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 4, Mets 2
john t greenpoint
June 20, 2006
Tough one to lose. Mets struggling to score runs at Shea since 9-1 road trip. Bronson Arroyo was very good but so was El Duque! But Bradford gives it up in the 8th. Can't ask any more out of Bradford; guy has been unbelievable, stranding 25 of 26 inherited runners. Can't be perfect all the time. Mets are now 1-3 on current homestand. Have lost 5 of last 7 at Shea. Maybe we need another 10-game road trip to fix the ship! Beltran continues to swing a hot bat driving in Mets only 2 runs, also hitting his 19th HR.

June 20, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Cincinnati Reds 2
john t greenpoint
June 21, 2006
I guess we got the power back! Nady in his second game back hits 2, and believe it or not Trachsel goes yard! Delgado hits one that looked like it would be around his ankles. Just awesome! Hopefully now we got rid of the homestand jitters or should I call it cockiness! No I don't believe that. Maybe a little complacent. If this team doesnt win the World Series this year against the Yankees it will be a shock because, let's face it Mets fans that's who we want!Just 2 more weekends and we are gonna sweep them this time!

June 21, 2006 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 6, Mets 5
huge mets fan
July 12, 2006
Jose Reyes hit for THE CYCLE. My brother was going to be at this game but couldn't make it.

June 28, 2006 Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox 10, Mets 2
john t greenpoint
June 29, 2006
Let me start by saying this one thing! I do not want to face this team in the World Series. I would rather take my chances with the evil empire! With that said, what happened to poor Pedro tonight? Just didnt have any movement on his pitches and gives up 8 runs in this one and Mets get BOMBED 10-2! Second night in a row Mets starting pitching has given up 8 runs. I hope Tom Glavine fares better in the series finale.

June 29, 2006 Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox 4, Mets 2
Jake
May 22, 2009
I was at this game. Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run HR to center field and, oh ya, we were rooting for Boston! How about David Ortiz in that game? WOOOO! That was my first ever baseball game and the Mets played a very good game, but the better team won!

July 1, 2006 Yankee Stadium II
Mets 8, New York Yankees 3
John B.
September 26, 2013
Saw this whole game on t.v. When Billy Wagner came in in the bottom of the 9th I was nervous 5/20/06 would happen again but it did not. He got three straight outs to secure a great win for the Mets.

July 2, 2006 Yankee Stadium II
New York Yankees 16, Mets 7
Shickhaus Franks
July 12, 2006
The only "highlights" of this tragedy was the return of the talented and beautiful Bonnie Bernstein to ESPN and the fact that my hatred of the Bronx Evil Empire went into overdrive when A-Rod hit that grand slam and acted like he had never hit a home run before in his life. I wished that LoDuca had punched out that semi-talented riverboat gambler with the Hamburger Helper Mitts into the middle of December!

July 7, 2006 Shea Stadium
Florida Marlins 7, Mets 3
Mets2Moon
August 23, 2006
I purchased a "Pedro Pack" before the season began, and this just happened to be one of the games included. It was basically a random Friday night game, that in mid-June the Mets PR staff made Pedro Martinez Mousepad night. Of course, Pedro Martinez hasn't appeared in any of the "Pedro Pack" games thus far this season. And this evening I held my breath and headed to the ballpark to watch Jose Lima and Dontrelle Willis duke it out.

Little do I know what I'm in for. Lima gives up a freakin' Grand Slam to Dontrelle in a miserable 6-run 4th inning. To top it off, WILLIE LEFT HIM IN FOR ONE MORE BATTER! Finally this debacle was over after Lima allowed yet another hit.

I should have stayed home.

July 8, 2006 Shea Stadium
Florida Marlins 3, Mets 2
P Gola
November 15, 2010
I remember sitting the stands and watching Josh Willingham - being impressed with his home run. The Mets lost a close won but the big story was later that day when they romped in the 2nd game.

July 8, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 17, Florida Marlins 3
john t greenpoint
July 16, 2006
The long anticipated debut of Mike Pelfrey and he doesn't disappoint. Little bit shaky though. High pitch count but you can just chalk that up to nerves. Jose Valentin has some day at the plate: a grand slam, 3-run triple and the Mets just roll all over the Marlins 17-3. I am sure Pelfrey and Maine are gonna fight it out for the fifth starting slot. What will happen at the end of this month though if Brian Bannister is finally healthy?

Mets2Moon
August 23, 2006

Pelfrey definitely labored through every bit of the 5 innings he threw in this one. Fortunately, Jose Valentin did his best Robin Ventura impression and gave him more than enough run support. A true, World-Class laugher.

July 9, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Florida Marlins 6
john t greenpoint
July 13, 2006
What can you say about David Wright? Just clutch baby! Hits 3-run homer in bottom of the 8th to give Mets a 7-5 lead that Billy Wagner preserves for a 7-6 Mets win. David Wright just amazes me every single day. As the season goes on he just becomes more of a seasoned veteran. So far he is my M.V.P. for the first half of the season. Should also be named captain next year! What was up with Miguel Cabrera and pitcher in dugout? Very funny to watch! Too bad wasn't 20 years ago. Ray Knight would have handled it better! I guess when you are losing things like that happen. LOL!

GHARIAN PRICE
March 31, 2007

David Wright's three run jack in the bottom of the 8th to give the Mets a 7-5 lead!! Unfortunately this was the last game I went to in 2006 because my car broke down. In 2007 hopefully I can go to at least 8 games.

July 14, 2006 Wrigley Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 3
John Telesca
August 23, 2006
I was at the game at Wrigley Field with my family, and there were loads of Mets fans there. Had a Let's go Mets chant going during the 7th inning stretch.

Cliff Floyd made an excellent jumping back hand catch to keep it close - he's turned into such a fine fielder. Perhaps typical Chicago weather - started cool with a breeze from right, quite foggy, then right after the 5th inning a downpour stopped the game for 45 min. After the ground crew cleaned the field up, and the puddles, the breeze was gone and it got hot.

Maddox was ineffective and the Mets built their lead and held it without much trouble. This is a great year to be a Mets fan...finally!

josh
September 1, 2006

First Mets road game I have attended. Nice to see them win on the road. They had the key inning with a key error by the Cubs and Trachsel was solid in the first game after the All-Star break.

July 16, 2006 Wrigley Field
Mets 13, Chicago Cubs 7
David Klein
July 19, 2006
This game is about as memorable as it gets, down 5-2 in the 6th the Mets score a franchise record 11 runs, Beltran, and Floyd hit grand slams in the 6th also the first time that's happened in the teams history.

People's Champ
July 19, 2006

Amazin amazin amazin, Mets put up 11 runs in the 6th inning with 2 grand slams, 3 home runs total in the inning. Maybe this is what Floyd needs to boost his confidence.

July 21, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Houston Astros 0
anesti
April 21, 2007
I was at this game. Maine was totally unreal. He was sharp and I considered this game the turning point in his career. Floyd robbed a home run, a great throw by Beltran to home and Valentin added a grand slam in the Mets 7-0 rout.

July 22, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Houston Astros 3
john t greenpoint
July 23, 2006
The X-man strikes again! Nady hits a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 4th to give El Duque just enough run support to win. Orlando Hernandez was shaky in the first giving up 2 home runs but settled down over the next six scattering just 2 hits over those last six innings. Want to see what is going to happen in the series finale. Roy Oswalt is scheduled to start and want to see if he hits Cliff Floyd once again. He hit Floyd last year at Shea and in the post game interviews Floyd said that "every dog gets his day." We shall see!

July 26, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Chicago Cubs 0
john t greenpoint
July 27, 2006
What a pitching duel this afternoon between John Maine and Mark Prior. Prior no hits the Mets for 5 and 2/3 innings. John Maine goes 7 and gives up only 3 hits. What a steal Jose Valentin is turning out to be. The man feels least comfortable at second base but makes every play, his bat has come a long way also. The Mets win this one 1-0 in 10 innings. Really needed to win this one would have been terrible to go into the series this weekend against Atlanta after being swept by the lowly Cubs. I look forward to this road trip. Chance to widen our double digit lead, and get that magic number below 50!

July 28, 2006 Turner Field
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 4
john t greenpoint
July 29, 2006
What a way to start a series that potentially could bury the Braves from winning their 15th consecutive division title. Pedro was roughed up a little bit in the first inning but Mets scored 2 in the second to tie it up and Pedro never looked back. David Wright hit an opposite field home run in the 7th to put the Mets ahead 6-4 and dropping the Braves 13 games back again. Found it very strange that the Braves would trade Wilson Betemit to the Dodgers after the game considering that Chipper A.K.A "Larry" Hones left the game with an injury.

July 29, 2006 Turner Field
Mets 11, Atlanta Braves 3
Anthony
August 23, 2006
Went down with my friend Billy for a weekend in Atlanta to see a special friend of mine and a couple of games. We had not had tickets yet and were heading to the booth when this guy who is a Mets' fans stopped us and offered two extra free field level tickets cause we were Mets' fans. Little did we know that the seats were in the first row behind homeplate. We were on TV the whole game. A guy I know from school texted me to ask me if that was me behind homeplate. My mom also texted to tell how family friends called to tell them they saw me. My cousin Dan also left me a voicemail saying he saw me on ESPN. It was an awesome weekend. GO METS!

July 30, 2006 Turner Field
Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 6
john t greenpoint
July 30, 2006
The Braves were literally swept under the rug and out of the division race by Carlos Beltran. Beltran was just an animal in this series hitting 4 home runs one of them which came in today's game was a grand slam. Beltran now has 32 home runs on the season. Last year he only hit 16! Felt bad for Tom Glavine though; he was staked to a 7-run lead in the second inning and could not even go 5 innings. Maybe he should get a month off just like Pedro.

Anthony
August 23, 2006

Second game I attended in two days during a weekend trip to Atlanta. A good friend of mine named Lauren accompanied us. We had to sit in the upper deck this time, but it was good to be out of the sun. The Mets made quick work of Chris James, as they knocked him out in the second inning. Carlos Beltran had another two-homer game, including a grand slam. Unfortunately, Tom Glavine looked like his old bad self against his former team. However, the bullpen held it down en route to the Mets' first ever sweep at Turner Field and clinching of their first ever winning seasonal record at Turner. I also should mention the real awesome cab driver on the way to the game.

August 2, 2006 Dolphin Stadium
Mets 6, Florida Marlins 5
john t greenpoint
September 18, 2006
here we go again! Or at least I thought that! Wagner again has to make it interesting in the bottom of the 9th. First 2 guys get on and then he dials it up a notch and strikes out the next 3 hitters for a 6-5 Mets win. Mets probably should have lost this game but thanks to 4 Marlin errors the Mets escaped with a close win.

August 5, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Jared K
May 24, 2007
A nice Saturday afternoon at the park. The Phils got it started off when Ryan Howard hit a monstrous opposite field homer off Glavine. Milledge also drove home Reyes in the bottom of the 1st.

It was smooth sailing for both sides after that. This game was literally 2 hours long. Lieber went the whole game for the Phils but ended up the loser when he threw a Beltran ground ball over Howard's head in the 6th. Two batters later, Wright popped up between Utley and big mouth Rollins, and it fell in for a bloop hit.

Then Endy Chavez, like he ALWAYS seems to do, got the big hit to win it!

August 6, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 1
john t greenpoint
August 7, 2006
After inking Jose Reyes and David Wright to multi-year contracts this week both pay dividends in this game. After Wright doubles in a run to start the scoring, Reyes caps the 7-run 4th inning with his 2nd grand slam of the year. John Maine extends his scoreless innings streak to 23. The way Maine has been pitching lately the Mets should ink him to a contract extension! After tonight's win the magic # for clinching is down to 40! This team might clinch in the first week of September. If they do, it will be the earliest clinching of first place by any Met team in history!

August 8, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, San Diego Padres 2
Phil Thiegou
August 23, 2006
Mike Piazza's triumphant return to Shea. Everyone brought out their Piazza t-shirts and jerseys that were at the bottom of the closet since October. At his first at-bat he was given the obligatory standing ovation where he tipped his helmet and wanted to get on with the at-bat, but people were still cheering and chanting MlKE PI-A-ZZA! MlKE PI-A-ZZA! So Paul Lo Duca was stalling so Mike can tip his cap again. (SIGHS!!!) So emotional.

Then Mike proceeded to strike out swinging and I jumped up and started chanting STEV-EN TRACH-SEL!!! STEV-EN TRACH-SEL!!!

August 9, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, San Diego Padres 3
john t greenpoint
August 23, 2006
Nice to see mike Piazza hit 2 home runs in this game as the Mets won 4-3. Piazza almost put the Padres ahead in the 8th inning with a blast to deep left centerfield off of Heilman. Mets are now 24 games over .500 for the first time this season. Pedro pitched very well giving up only 3 hits, though 2 of them were Piazza's home runs.

Lee
September 1, 2006

After the Mets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, Piazza was applauded in his second at-bat, and he proceeded to punch a ball into right for a homer. Everyone cheered and the embarrassed Piazza came out for a curtain call. On his next at-bat he launched one into the left field seats, a shot we were used to seeing, bringing the Padres within two runs. There was scattered applause, a few cheers, and confusion. Then, in his final at-bat, he was booed. Having cheered for Piazza for eight years, it was difficult to turn my back but I booed as well, and when he hit it 400 feet to center I thought the Padres would take the lead, and it was fitting that Beltran, Piazza's successor as team leader, made the catch.

Skip Walton
January 28, 2007

My mother, stepfather, one of my best friends and I went to this game for my 20th Birthday. Piazza showed he could still hit the ball a country mile that night. I thought the one he hit to center was going out. It sounded like the hardest one he hit. The Mets should have blown the Padres away that night, the Pads offense was inept and the team looked sluggish as a whole. Hard to believe they won the NL West. Wagner even gave us a Doug Sisk moment when he gave up a solo shot to Barfield in the 9th but hung on. Milledge showed he had lighting quick speed this game, hopefully the same will come of his bat.

August 11, 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Washington Nationals 2, Mets 1
Dan H
January 6, 2007
Traveled with my sons to DC for a holiday and Mets road trip weekend. The Mets and Nationals wore throw-back Negro League uniforms. Lo Duca hit a homer, and Glavine pitched well, but ex- Met Billy Traber (traded in the Alomar deal) shut the Mets down.

August 18, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Colorado Rockies 3
Joe Figliola
March 31, 2007
This was the first of three consecutive Mets games I attended with my friend Mindy. She had the idea of going to an entire three-game series after the first two Mets games we saw were losers (Brewers in '04; Atlanta the next year). "They can't possibly lose three games, right?" she reasoned. Even though we got to see the Mets win a game in person against Florida that April, I thought that the idea of having three chances to win one would be moot. But she insisted on doing it and that it would be fun. Who am I to turn a lady down?

We sat in loge and, unfortunately, my "favorite" pitcher Steve Trachsel was on the mound. That piece of rotten prune danish never won whenever I saw him pitch in person... until that night.

Endy Chavez became Mindy's favorite Met thanks to a bomb of a home run. I had just finished explaining to her that with a runner on first, Chavez would lay down a bunt to put the runner in scoring position when Chavez unloaded. Some bunt.

Mindy also took an immediate dislike of the Rockies players because they all had first names that sounded like they all sang for N'Sync or some other boy band (i.e., "Cory" Sullivan; "Garret" Atkins; "Jamey" Carroll). She can boo opponents with the best of them.

One down, two to go.

Skyler Donachie
April 23, 2012

This is the first game I ever went. I was 10 years old. I remember I was so excited because it was the first year I started to really pay attention to Mets baseball. I don't remember much but the one vivid memory I had was Endy Chavez pulled a home run over the right field fence. He was the last person I expected to hit one. I also believe he caught the last out leaning over the right field fence in foul territory hit by Yorvit Torrealba. I started to like Endy Chavez a lot more after this game.

August 19, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Colorado Rockies 4
john t greenpoint
August 26, 2006
I just want to say that I have never cried with so much happiness as I did tonight in the 20-year celebration. It brought back so much emotions for me from 1986 to see Lenny, Wally, El Sid, Bobby O, Timmy Teufel, Darryl, Ed Hearn, Jesse Orosco, etc. It is just a shame that the other players couldn't be there. And to top it off the Mets pull out a comeback just like the '86 club would have done. Now all that is left is for this team to make this season just as magical and memorable as 1986!

Shickhaus Franks
September 18, 2006

I've been going to Mets games since 1975 (I'll be 40 in December) and I've been to 4 home openers, 2 playoff games (both in '99), Tom Seaver Day in '88, 1 game vs the Bronx Evils (July 9, 1999), met "Mad Dog" Chris Russo, saw Bob Apodaca get hit in the face with a line drive, Doc's 20th win in '85, but being there on August 19th, 2006 for the '86 Celebration has to top them all!

How ironic that it rained during the ceremony since the '86 Mets got rained out at least 7 or 8 times that year.

I just wished that Doc, Davey, and Ray Knight were there; shame on you WS MVP, you can speak to a bunch of Professor Frink wannabees any night of the year even on Christmas.

Even the '06 Mets got into the spirit by wearing the '86 racing stripe home unis!

But the topping on the cake was when the PA system played the greatest novelty song ever: Jump In The Saddle's "The Curly Shuffle", an ode to the 3 Stooges before the bottom of the 6th, With the Amazins down 4-0, that great song had to jump start them because they tagged the poor Rockies for 6 runs and then added extra spice when Lastings Milledge hit a homer in the 8th and then Billy Wagner put the "Sandman" on Colorado with a 1-2-3 inning! And somewhere Bob Murphy was giving a happy recap up in the great 1050 WHN booth in the sky!

Steve
December 8, 2006

We got to the park at about 3:00. We saw all the 86 Mets players walking just 6 feet away from me into the entrance of Shea. Then in the 6th the Mets staged an 86 Mets like comeback. It was great!

Joe Figliola
April 3, 2007

The second of the Mets/Colorado games with Mindy found us without baseball cards. Prior to the game, the Mets gave out 1986 commemorative baseball card packs to the first 25,000 people. Unfortunately, we didn't get any when we arrived.

Despite this disappointment, it was great to see the '86 Mets. Mindy liked how Darryl was "styling" in his white getup, while I thought it was cool that Rafael Santana had on a nice shirt and tie underneath his jersey.

The inning when the Mets scored six runs was the only time I lost my temper throughout the entire series. My target was Paul LoDuca, because I felt he could have easily scored from second base on the Matt Holliday error. That point was immediately rendered moot as the Mets made like the baseball conga line from one of those Bugs Bunny cartoons with a combination of hits and walks. Throughout the rally, I kept reminding Mindy how "a well-placed hit would plate (one or two runs) depending on the on-base situation. Mindy couldn't wait for me to shut up (lol)!

There is a happy recap to this game. I did get the cards for myself and Mindy courtesy of the internet. The things I do to make people happy!

Two down, one to go.

Mark Heaney
September 28, 2010

I took my two boys to their FIRST ever baseball game this night! A night that all of us will ALWAYS remember. My oldest son Thomas was 5 and my youngest Mark Jr was 4. We got to see the 86 Mets anniversary. A man jumped out of a plane with a parachute onto the field (not Michael Sergio) and they couldn't believe it!

Mark fell asleep on me before the game started and it also rained. When they walked through the tunnel to see their first MLB field I took a video of them. Then someone asked if I wanted a picture and they took a photo of us - it is one of my most wonderful memories.

Five year old Thomas carried my heavy bag to the car as I carried Mark when we left. My little man walking and talking to me about the game at just 5 years old! AWESOME!!

August 20, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Colorado Rockies 0
Joe Figliola
April 21, 2007
The final game of the series with Mindy featured the Carloses (Beltran and Delgado) going deep and El Duque wowing the crowd with his pitching, hitting (he had a single), and baserunning (he stole third).

Amid this easy Mets win, Mindy informed me that she wasn't wearing any deodorant. In the crush of 30,000 people, how the hell am I going to notice? :) Anyway, I replied "Thank you for sharing" and asked if she noticed that I was wearing the same shirt and jeans throughout the entire series (I always try to wear a light colored shirt and Levi's blue jeans whenever I see a game at Shea). I added that although I wore the same outfit three days straight, I did shower and change my underwear after every game. Always remember: A clean Mets fan is a happy Mets fan!

Following the game, Mindy and I were so spent from attending three Mets games, traveling, eating a ton of ballpark food, and the heat that we went back to our separate abodes and passed out. I can't speak for her, but I was so sick of eating ballpark that all I had to eat that Monday was an avocado sandwich.

We were fortunate that we saw the Mets sweep the Rockies. However, the next time Mindy and I see three games again, we're going to space them out a little.

August 22, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 7
Marlboro Man
August 23, 2006
Due to not living in the NY area I'm forced to listen to the games on MLB GameDay audio, but for this game I sat there without moving and after it was over I listened to the whole thing again. Great game in terms of excitement, Mets down a couple of runs early vs the St Louis Pujols', I mean Cardinals. Delgado with 2hrs including a granny for his 400th career homer and then a walkoff by Beltran vs Izzy. Good times. Hopefully sends a message as this is a possible postseason matchup.

Markyt38
August 24, 2006

Unbelievable! Mets down 6 to mighty Albert, but the Mighty Carlos brothers had someting to say about that! I jumped up out of bed when Beltran creamed an Isringhausen pitch! Awesome!

AK
August 26, 2006

One the most exciting games I've seen so far this season. After Pujols singlehandedly carries to Cards to 7 runs via a 3 run homer and a GS, Delgado answers back with a GS of his own for career homer #400. Then in the 9th, Carlos Beltran hits a two-run walkoff homer so hard that Gary Cohen and Howie Rose's voices (in addition to those in the crowd) respectively break.

The Comeback Mets do it again!

Dan
August 24, 2006

We buried my grandmother on this day. My father, sister, and I watched the game that night, thinking of her (since she was a Mets fan). I wanted to believe that she wouldn't let them lose, and I want to believe that somehow she played a hand in this win. Kinda funny, cause even after going down 7-1, I somehow had faith that they would come back.

Come on Mets, win it for my Farmor.

Mets2Moon
August 26, 2006

Unbelievable.

I was at this game with a friend of mine (as per usual). We sat through a few neat innings from Maine, and waited for Jeff Weaver to predictably implode. Delgado hit a laser beam under the championship banners in the RF Corner to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals got to Maine in the 4th, with a single from Miles and a double from Duncan, before Pujols launched a Pujols-esque HR off the base of the scoreboard to turn the game around.

In the 5th, Maine again struggled. He was helped his defense, as Chavez and Reyes teamed up to throw out Belliard at home on a double by Molina. But Maine then walked Miles and Duncan with 2 outs. Pujols was up again.

"No way he does it again," my friend says.

Next pitch, BANG! Grand Slam. 7-1 Pujols. 7-1 Cardinals. Meltdown.

But the Mets pecked and clawed back in the last of the 5th, loading the bases for Delgado with 1 out. Delgado would work a 3-1 count before blasting a Grand Slam of his own, the 400th HR of his career, bringing the Mets to within 7-5.

The Mets would creep closer in the 6th, with Reyes getting robbed of a sure single by Belliard, but still managing to plate Chavez to make it 7-6.

In the 7th, the Cardinals again threatened. Miles and Duncan walked against Feliciano, and Pujols came up with 1 out against Bradford.

My friend was incredulous. "How the hell can they possibly pitch to him?!" he said. Sure enough, Bradford got Pujols to slap a grounder right at Reyes, who turned an easy DP.

So, to the last of the 9th. Isringhausen on for the Cardinals. Reyes grounded out to lead off. LoDuca slapped a single to center, his 3rd hit of the night. And everyone was up for Beltran. And damned if Beltran doesn't take the first pitch and smoke it off into the night for the game winner, sending the entire crowd into a frenzy and taking a flying leap onto Home Plate to cap it all off.

Feet
September 1, 2006

Without doubt one of the top 5 regular season games I've been to in my lifetime. It had it all. Five homers (including two grand slams), some spectacular fielding, a momentum shifting play at the plate, clutch relief pitching by the Mets, and Slick Willie dozing off in the middle of the Met's rally. As we were leaving the stadium I noticed a father and his young son of 4 or 5 years of age. The boy was sporting a Beltran T-shirt and a grin bigger than Jose Reyes'. Guaranteed that kid will be a Carlos Beltran fan for life. MVP!

Lee
September 1, 2006

Best game of the year, and I was there. John Maine pitched well through the first three innings and Delgado hit a solo shot but Pujols hit a three run bomb to right center and then a grand slam to left center. With the Mets down 7- 1, it was turning into a blowout. But then Delgado hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to match Pujols and turn it into a 7-5 game. The Mets got within one and, in the ninth, Beltran stepped up against Izzy with a runner on and belted one into right to end the game!

Matt
February 1, 2013

I remember I was coming home from the Brooklyn Cyclones game, my Dad put on WFAN. All of a sudden LoDuca homered I thought ok we're still down by 1 though and then I heard the call from Howie Rose and I almost jumped out of the car.

August 23, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 8
Shickhaus Franks
May 18, 2008
Sat in the upper deck towards right field for this one (the night after Beltran's walk-off blast) and they had a Beatles tribute band playing between innings as it was the 40th anniversary of their 2nd Shea concert. (FYI, the 2nd concert was NOT sold out unlike the 1965 show as the group was still reeling from John Lennon's controversal comments about religion and the fact that they were tired of touring etc...) Back to the game, It was a long game with lots of scoring as Traschel got the win and Wags got the save!

August 26, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Ed K
October 11, 2008
Ollie Perez's first start as a Met.

August 28, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 3
jkmacman
September 18, 2006
This was the first game I brought my daughter to (age 5).

Reyes tripled, Wright hit a ball that took a freak bounce off the third base bag and was ruled a hit after the genius umpires took seven minutes to formulate their decision. It was this “hit” that got Wright out of his slump. My daughter has been weaned away from the Yankees and is now a confirmed, die-hard Mets fan. Let’s Go Mets!

September 2, 2006 Astros Field
Mets 4, Houston Astros 2
Shickhaus Franks
May 22, 2011
I watched this game from a sports bar in Bergen County because the lights went out at my sister's house due to a ill-timed Labor Day weekend tropical system. (By the way, they came back on late Sunday morning.)

September 6, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 0
RYAN
September 18, 2006
This game was the first time we truly saw how good Oliver Perez can be. If only he can control his great fastball more consistently. It was great to watch the expressions on the faces of the Atlanta Braves. Finally, they know what it feels like!!

September 7, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
original mets
September 18, 2006
I have been attending major league baseball games since 1953, and only remember seeing one inside the park HR (by Maury Wills at the Polo Grounds on 5/30/62); what I witnessed this night was performed by the most exciting player in the game, our own Jose Reyes. Unlike Wills, Jose may not be the great base stealer, but has shown he is worth his weight in gold. Jeter eat your heart out!

SI Metman
November 25, 2007

I was fortunate to witness 2 Mets inside the park homers in person, Timo Perez was fast against the Phillies in 2000, but Reyes topped it here. He was across home plate before the ball even hit the cutoff man. You knew that he was going to have it when the ball took the big bounce off the wall.

It was also a great outing from Glavine against the Dodgers which would be matched a month later in the playoffs.

September 8, 2006 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Mets 0
Shickhaus Franks
November 1, 2006
Friend of mine handed me tickets (he couldn't go); Sat in the "Uecker Seats" in Section 24 Uppers! It was Taiwan Night and the Dodger P (can't remember his name) from Taiwan gives the Mets batters fits. Nomar hits a HR; I kept imitating Jimmy Fallon's drunk Beantown teenager Sully from SNL when Nomar came up to bat (NOMAH!) I kept 4 fans sitting behind me in stitches. Boring game except when Beltran makes a leaping catch and they only played 45 seconds of the "Curly Shuffle" BOO!!!! After the game, Waited for the crowd to disperse and struck up a conversation with a nice woman named Wanda (a fellow Mets fan) and I let her read my FOR METS FANS ONLY book until she got off the 7 train at her stop and we waited for the players to come out of the Diamond Club entrance, got a glimpse of Ron Darling. Even though it was a shutout loss, it was a nice night at Shea.

Lee
October 6, 2006

I attended this game, only to watch Hong-Chih Kuo demoralize the Mets. No doubt he will be a good pitcher in the future, but he picked the wrong team to beat.

September 10, 2006 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 9, Mets 1
David Jost
October 21, 2007
This was a very bad loss. However it was still a thrill for my 7 year old son. It was his first ever big league game. My first game was with my father at Shea in 1974. Tom Seaver pitched and got shelled by the Pirates. Maybe I will have better luck with my first grandson.

Ryan James Dwyer
September 6, 2013

The Kenny Lofton triple was the most painful moment. I was in the bathroom during the Jose Reyes HR.

September 12, 2006 Dolphin Stadium
Mets 6, Florida Marlins 4
Lenny
September 17, 2006
Thanks to a late game rally, the Mets Victory of this game knocked out Atlanta's chance for their 15th straight NL East division title. True fans never lose faith, and you guys never give up. Thanks for a great season, and here's looking at a great post season.

September 17, 2006 PNC Park
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 0
john t greenpoint
September 17, 2006
I guess PNC stands for pop no champagne because that's what happened today in Pittsburgh! Mets lost 3-0 and were swept out of Pittsburgh and head home to play the Marlins tomorrow looking to celebrate with us! Second time this year Mets have been swept in a 3-game series! I am starting to get worried about this team hitting of late. They seem to be struggling to get clutch hits. They have two weeks to get it out of their systems.

September 18, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Florida Marlins 0
josh
September 21, 2006
What a culmination to the regular season. It was meant all along to be done at home. Congragulations to all those who stuck along in the good and the bad. For sure the greatest Mets moment in years.

Mets 06 NL EAST CHAMPS!!!!

J-Murph
September 21, 2006

I was 6 years old when Ronnie shut the Phillies down for our last division title. I had a bootle of bubbly on ice and even though I knew this was going to happen sooner or later I was still genuinly excited when Cliffy caught the last out. I hope this is the first of 4 celebrations for us. Morse so than ever before, after last nights game I look at Beltran, Delgado, and Lo Duca as "our guys". Combined with Cliffy, Jose, David and everyone else I hope this is an October to remember. LETS GO METS!

john t greenpoint
September 21, 2006

FINALLY! Let's celebrate! 20 years and 1 day and we have dethroned those chopping Braves! Thought the celebration on the field after the Mets all came out was just sick! You had Paul Lo Duca spraying the fans with the groundskeeper's hose, you had Reyes and Wright slapping hands with all the fans that remained. Did you see David with that big cigar in his mouth? He looked like Triumph the insult dog! Just a great night and hopefully we will do this 3 more times this year! Thank you, New York Mets. It's becoming easier to forget about 2000!

flushing flash
September 21, 2006

My feelings about last night's division clinching win were pretty blase'. We all knew this was coming since Independence Day. Maybe it's just me getting older, but 1986 was so much sweeter because it was the first time I had seen my team win any title.

And was anyone else a little embarassed by the over-the-top celebration? The Mets knew this was coming, and they still have three more important series to win. I know a lot of these guys have never experienced post-season play, and I'm okay with jumping on the field and spraying Champagne in the clubhouse (this went on even in 1988), but I think they should have saved bringing the bottles onto the field and high-fiving the fans for after they win the World Series.

Anthony
September 21, 2006

OH YEAH! Went to this game with my friend Billy. Steve Trachsel looked awesome and Jose Valentin, the surprise of 2006, belted two home runs en route to the Mets clinching their first division title since 1988. Some fans were doing mock tomahawk chants on the way out. There was a bunch of people standing on a sitting area outside the stadium trying to get on TV. I barely found a space on it and when I got down, I accidentally knocked over some drunk guy. Luckily, my friend and I caught him. I felt bad, but the guy did not care. CONGRATS TO THE 2006 NL EAST CHAMPION METS!

Mets2Moon
September 21, 2006

Yeah, I was there. Of course I was there. How could I not be?

And after 18 years of waiting, through moments bad and sometimes flat out embarassing, it couldn't be any sweeter.

2006 NL EAST CHAMPS! YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Lee
October 5, 2006

Everyone knew it was going to happen. Since about May, it was clear the Mets were going to make the playoffs, but I still couldn't believe my eyes as the game wrapped up. I am positive they let the Pirates sweep them on purpose, so that they could win the division at home. When the last out was made, I jumped out of my chair and started dancing around the room. For the first time in 18 years, we were the division champs.

September 23, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Washington Nationals 6
Steven G
September 28, 2006
The game was televised on FOX, Channel 5, and color commentator Lou Piniella was just mentioning that Nick Johnson finally went through a season without being injured.

Very shortly after that comment, watching that play unfold, the collision between 1B Nick Johnson and RF Austin Kearns, it reminded me of Joe Theisman getting hit by Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football back in the mid '80s. And how it reminded me of that football play was Washington National 2B Jose Vidro motioning to the bench to send medical help over -- just like LT did back then -- the only difference being that Vidro motioned for the help while the play was still ongoing and before he retrieved the ball, probably hearing the sound of the injury. I saw on the internet that Johnson had to chew on a towel to minimize the pain while waiting for medical assistance.

Good luck to Nick Johnson. I wouldn't wish that on anybody.

For future Mets trivia, David Wright hit the ball, and was credited for a triple on the play.

Shickhaus Franks
September 28, 2006

The game was supposed to be a night game but due to FOX, it started at 1:25pm under cool, cloudy skies. Before the game they had a parade of dogs around the field and then they went to their seats in the bleachers.

I also saw the first collision of players in person when National players Nick Johnson and Austin Kearns collided with Johnson winding up with a broken leg. (I thought he had suffered a concussion as he was on the ground for a long time as Shea grew very silent.) Even the P.A. system was silent in the 9th and didn't play "Enter Sandman" when Wagner came in and almost gave us some excitement when he didn't have a 1-2-3 inning in a non-save situlation.

john t greenpoint
October 5, 2006

Was at this game with my 4 month old shephard/chow chow mix Dodger! He and I and my girlfriend Krystal had a ball with him there. We got to walk all around the stadium and I was in awe to be on the field where my favorite sport team plays. Went totally bananas when David Wright hit a 3-run homer in the fifth to give the Mets the lead. Was jumping up and down in the bleachers holding Dodger in my arms. It was an AWESOME feeling. Left in the 7th inning and got home in time to see Nick Johnson laying on the outfield grass with a fractured leg. Have gone to 8 games this year and Mets have not lost yet! Wish I had PLAYOFF TICKETS!

September 30, 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Mets 13, Washington Nationals 0
Lee
October 6, 2006
I went down to D.C. to see the last two games of the season, and what a great game this was. Glavine shut down the Nationals lineup, and the Mets offense destroyed the Nationals. Julio Franco busted out, needing just a triple for the cycle, and four other Mets homered, including a monstrous homer by David Wright. And the Nationals have great fans. Even with their team down 13-0, they stayed for the last out, and then stood and applauded Frank Robinson for 15 minutes, as this was his second-to-last game in professional baseball.

October 1, 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Mets 6, Washington Nationals 2
Lee
October 6, 2006
I was in Washington for this game and got to see Frank Robinson make his final speech and his final managerial appearance, after 51 years in professional baseball. As for the Mets, they had a great game, Julio Franco had another nice day, driving in the first run of the game. Probably the funniest part of the experience was the President's Race. At RFK Stadium, they do this thing called the President's Race, where four mascots dressed as presidents with huge heads (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt). In the standings, George Washington and Abe Lincoln each have about 15 wins, and Jefferson has 10, but Teddy Roosevelt has never won a race. So, on the last day, the other presidents stopped and let Teddy race alone to the finish line. However, it took him so long to get there that he got disqualified, so Teddy Roosevelt never won a race at RFK Stadium. This was the one time I ever felt bad for a mascot.

October 4, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Division Series Game 1
Mets 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 5
J-Murph
October 6, 2006
Hopefully today's game is a sign of things to come for this post season. Good enough starting pitching, solid pen and big bats. I did not understand Willie letting Mota bat with the bases drunk in the 7th but we ended up winning so who am I to complain.

It is going to be tough to do this without Pedro and El Duque, however, like every other Mets fan I am hoping 50 years down the line people are going to be talking about the 2006 New York Mets who gutted their way through the playoffs and won a World Series title despite not having anything that resembled a solid starting rotation. Hell, let's win it dancing on the Yankee Stadium infield.

john t greenpoint
October 6, 2006

So far so good! Unbelievable game. Two Dodgers thrown out at the plate on one play in the 2nd inning, then 2 bombs by Delgado and Floyd. Decent starting pitching. Excellent bullpen work from 5 different relievers. Add it all together and you have a very exciting 6-5 Mets win in game 1. Just loved Carlos Delgado's reaction at first base after he put the Mets ahead again to stay! Seems like he is trying to knock someone out with his fist pump!

Lee
October 6, 2006

A great victory for the Mets. With everyone reeling from finding out that El Duque wasn't pitching in the Division Series, and might join Pedro in not playing at all in the playoffs, there was a lot of anxiety brewing in New York that day. But we were all able to forget about all that for a few hours. John Maine pitched a solid 4.1 innings, and an incredible play at the plate saved two runs. For some reason that I still don't understand, the Dodgers third base coach decided to send Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew around third, even though the throw was coming in from Shawn Green to Jose Valentin. Valentin threw it down to Lo Duca, who tagged Kent, looked over at the umpire, suddenly realized Drew was coming, and he tagged him too. Possibly one of the craziest moments in Mets history. Delgado had a great game, driving in a few runs and hitting a bomb, and Floyd hit a bomb that we all knew right off the bat was gone. Nomar tied it up, but Delgado got the lead right back, and Wagner made it interesting, as he always does, but we came out with the victory and that's all that matters. 1 down, 10 to go.

JFK
February 4, 2007

An exciting game that Willie tried everything in his power to give away. Maine was pitching well-- so take him out. Mota and Wagner had nothing, but Willie sticks with them.

This game is a perfect example why scoring rules have to change. Mota gets the win for giving up 3 runs and blowing the lead. Wagner gets a save for being ineffective.

croninbehindtheglass
April 9, 2007

This was the first playoff game that I remember because 1999 and 2000 were when I was too young to remember so I was waiting for this day to come for a while. Unfortunately for me I had a cross country race that day and was forced to listen to the game on the radio before the race. When the race started the Mets were down 1-0 and I ran my fastest race of the season to get the score from my dad. I found out that the Mets had gone ahead after 2 home runs and I was just thinking about how loud it must be. the Dodgers tied the game on my way home but I got home just in time to see the Mets take the lead and win the game.

Adriano
August 14, 2007

I remember most fans and media giving the Mets little chance without Pedro and El Duque. Obviously they weren't paying attention as Maine was one of our best pitchers all year and pitched in big games for us going into the playoffs. Willie almost gave this game away with this horrid pitching decisions. In the end he did end up costing us by leaving Heilman in too long in game 7 of the NLCS.

Robert
March 26, 2009

My dad and I were sitting in Upper Deck section 12 with a clear view of the unusual play of two players being thrown out at home. I think we were surprised as much as Paul LoDuca when he turned around and saw the second runner. My first playoff game ever and a play that true Met fans like me will never forget.

October 5, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Division Series Game 2
Mets 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Anthony
October 13, 2006
Attended this game with my parents, two of my cousins, and aunt & uncle. And let me tell you that I was not too confident coming in with Pedro and El Duque out. Although I relaxed a lot after their Game One win. What a clutch performance by Tom Glavine. And special thanks to the speed of Endy Chavez and the hustle of Julio Franco to beat that throw to first to prevent the double play in the sixth, which allowed a run to score. An awesome win and a nice time with the family. GO METS!

APetrie
July 6, 2012

The Fox announcers made fun of a Mets fan who was wearing some strange looking goggles in the crowd, turned out he was legally blind and it was the only way he could watch the game, being a huge Mets fan.

Another moronic move by the boys at Fox. But a great win for the Mets.

October 7, 2006 Dodger Stadium
2006 National League Division Series Game 3
Mets 9, Los Angeles Dodgers 5
Markyt38
October 8, 2006
What a day! The Mets sweep the Dodgers, and the Yankees, along with their 200 million dollar payroll, lose to the Tigers and their 100 dollar payroll, in their series. The memory of Mike Scioscia, Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser, and those unbelievably lucky '88 Dodgers put to rest! Get out those brooms!

Lee
October 8, 2006

An incredible day, because not only did the Mets sweep the Dodgers, but the Yankee fans were silenced by the Tigers. Next stop, NLCS!

john t greenpoint
October 12, 2006

Eight victories away from our ultimate goal! Not only are the Mets on their way to the NLCS, but the Yankees are on their way to the golf course. I LOVE THIS GAME! The Mets swept the Dodgers right out of the playoffs with a convincing 9-5 win at Chavez Ravine! Shawn Green had a hell of a night against his former club. It was nice to see him catch the final out! I am so glad I can now forget about the '88 collapse! LET'S GO METS!

Hotfoot
October 11, 2006

A guy in a Mr. Met head was in the upper deck at Chavez Ravine. At the end of the game angry Dodger fans were burning the head in the parking lot. It was great seeing the Mets celebrate on the field after the last out, avenging 1988.

October 12, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 1
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
J-murph
October 13, 2006
This was the first playoff game I went to. Sat in the Mez, section 15 right on the first base bag. The crowd went absolutely nuts when Beltran hit his homer. Later that night Albert Pujols, who went 0-3 and got doubled off first on a lazy fly ball to center, claimed Tom Glavine was not very good and it wasn't fair he was hitting the ball hard and making outs.

Mets2Moon
November 8, 2006

I attended this game, and much like every other Playoff game I have attended at Shea, this one just seemed larger than life. But this one was different. This was the first time I had attended a Playoff game at night. There is a certain kind of atmosphere at these games that just permeates the night. I'd been to games in 1988, 1999, 2000 and even Game 1 of the NLDS this year, but this game just seemed off the charts, from the second I got off the 7 train to the moment I pulled off into the night after the end of the game.

Standing in the Upper Deck, waiting through the interminable dead time for network TV, hearing the extra-loud sound system absolutely blasting Van Halen's "Right Now" before the game started, looking around and drinking it all in.

That's why I keep coming back.

Such a taut, tense battle the whole way. It's never easy in the Playoffs. I don't know what Pujols saw, but Glavine looked pretty damn good from where I was watching. He had his best stuff and it showed.

The Mets defense was definitely up to snuff as well. From Chavez's diving catch in the 5th, to Beltran's catch and throw to double off Pujols in the 4th, to Wright's 2 great stabs of line drives in the 3rd, and Valentin's glovework up the middle in the 9th.

And, of course, Beltran's show-stopping HR off the scoreboard in the 6th producing the only runs of the game.

And Wagner closing it out, and the Mets jumping out on the right foot in the NLCS.

Such an unforgettable night.

I only wish it wasn't my last trip to Shea for 2006...

JFK
February 8, 2007

An excellent pitching duel between Glavine and Weaver. Old time baseball like it ought to be.

October 13, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 2
St. Louis Cardinals 9, Mets 6
JFK
February 4, 2007
The game that cost the Mets the series. Willie is in love with Mota and Wagner and stayed with them when they both had nothing.

I said to everyone the Mets just lost the series- -you do not bounce back from a lose like that and win a playoff series.

If the Mets win that game, there is no doubt in my mind that the Mets sweep the Cards.

blueorange4ever
February 22, 2007

No doubt that this game cost the Mets the series. You cannot lose a game when you blow 3 leads. Despite what people think about Wagner, and Shawn Green missing the the ball, Mota lost this game by throwing a fast ball after throwing good changeups . I knew the series was over when they lost this game.

Joe Lanzisera
March 3, 2009

No doubt that Spezio's hit in the 7th off of Mota was the game and series changer. One of those kick the dog and yell at the TV moments for me that I will always remember. Who doesn't think we have a third World Series pennant hanging at Citi Field if we win this game?

paxbob
December 9, 2011

From our seats, the view of the right field corner was blocked. So we never got to see how well or poorly Shawn Green played the ball hit by Scott Spiezio, which broke the Mets' backs. But we had an all- too-clear view of Billy Wagner imploding in the ninth. One of the most painful Mets losses EVER.

October 14, 2006 Busch Stadium II
2006 National League Championship Series Game 3
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 0
john t greenpoint
October 15, 2006
Have to say just 1 thing about this game and series: If David Wright does not hit to protect Carlos Delgado we will be done in 5 games! Wright needs to step it up tomorrow night and get some hits if the Mets are to advance in this NLCS series! Mets just looked dead all night. No emotion. Yesterday's 9-6 loss really messed with their heads! Couldnt catch 2 fly balls both hit by Scott Spezio for triples. Shawn Green should have caught that ball last night in the Mets 9-6 loss at Shea. Mets should be up 2-1 instead of down 2- 1. Still have faith we can do this but we need to get more than just 3 hits in a game!

Doug Brogowski
August 28, 2007

The quintiscential choke game on the part of Steve Trachsel. He gave them nothing when they needed something badly, and he ran off the mound with an "injury" after he gave up 5 quick runs. At that moment, the Mets ceased even considered re-signing him in the off-season.

October 15, 2006 Busch Stadium II
2006 National League Championship Series Game 4
Mets 12, St. Louis Cardinals 5
john t greenpoint
October 19, 2006
What a big sigh of relief!!! Finally our bats wake up!!! Delgado is my MVP of this series by far! But Beltran's 2 bombs puts him in the mix now also Beltran is just killing St. Louis pitching with home runs this year and last. Would like to know if anyone out there saw Willie Randolph's reaction to I don't know whom it was he was yelling at I think it was Oliver Perez, but clearly said no f------ fist pumping. This happened after Edmmond's home run then they got the next guy out and that's when this happened!! Wish I was recording this one; recorded first 2 games but not this one DAMN!!!!! LET'S GO METS!!! BRING IT HOME BOYS!!!!

October 18, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 6
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
J-murph
October 19, 2006
What a game. Johny Maine tossed a gem and Oliver Perez is starting tomorrow on three days rest. I have a crazy hunch we are going to put up a lot of runs tomorrow, maybe I am wrong. Let's go Oliver, Let's go Mets, watch out Tigers.

john t greenpoint
October 19, 2006

Talk about nerves of steel, ice water in your veins, Superman? No it was just John Maine. What a great pitching performance tonight. All we need now is 1 more from Oliver Perez Thursday night and we are off to the Fall Classic against the TIGERS!! Clutch hitting also by Jose Reyes leading off the game with a HR! Paul LoDuca's big 2 run single in the 7th broke open this one, with Billy Wagner giving up 2 runs in the 9th. Shea Stadium was absolute bedlam can't wait for tomorrow. Hope they put up a 4 spot in the 1st inning and then just coast! Let's pop some more bubbly boys!! LET'S GO METS, BRING IT HOME BOYS!!

Jeff from LI
October 19, 2006

I just got back from this game 2 hours ago, and it was great. It was my first playoff game and Shea was ROCKIN'! Everyone was on their feet for the majority of the game, yelling Lets Go Mets and chanting the name of every Mets hitter as they got up. Also we yelled Pujols Sucks! and the best of all the LOOOOOOOOOOOOOPER chant that riled former Met closer Braden Looper up and got him to pitch like crap and get pulled after less then an inning. The ending was even sweeter, the Mets winning 4-2 and forcing a Game 7. Even as the fans filed out of the stadium chanst began, JOSE-JOSE-JOSE-JOSE, and LETS GO METS being the favorites. I've never seen it that crowded, and all 56,000 fans were into it every step of the way. It was about as far as I could get from my experience of going to a Subway Series game in 2000 and having Shea overwhelmed with Yankees fans being their "usual delightful selves". Anyway this game was great, hope they do it again tomorrow night. LETS GO METS!!

Anthony
October 20, 2006

Was supposed to go to this game with a date, but she canceled and then uncanceled when I had already asked a friend. Although it was sort of bittersweet for me, still a great game to attend for the memories. I think John Maine officially made everyone forget Kris Benson tonight. It is ironic being that most people (including myself) were pissed when they got rid of Benson for Maine and Jorge Julio. Jose Reyes really helped set the tone with a leadoff home run off Chris Carpenter. Too bad the momentum did not carry into the next night. Still, I am thankful for a wonderful season and the opportunity to attend a couple of playoff games. Most important, that for a change, the Mets were still playing while the Yanks were sitting at home. GO METS!

Ian
February 6, 2011

This is the best game I have ever attended in any sport (the Giants 41-0 thrashing of the Vikings on their way to the Superbowl in 2000 is a close 2nd). Shea was LITERALLY rocking back and forth and it started early with Reyes's leadoff laser over the right-center field wall. From then on, Maine shut the Cards down and the pen did a great job to force the series to a game 7. The atmosphere was absolutely electric and it's because of all the GREAT Mets fans. That was experience one I absolutely will not forget!

October 19, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 7
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 1
Hot Foot
October 20, 2006
Endy Chavez's catch will go down as one of the greatest of postseason history, right up there with Al Gionfriddo's in the 1947 series. It kept the Mets in the game to the very end. Though the game was a heartbreaker at the end, it will be remembered for many years to come and that catch will be talked about forever.

bobby mercier
October 28, 2006

I was watching this game and I thought the Mets were going to win after the great Endy Chavez catch that was all for nothing. Then as this game and the whole series showed no Mets lead was safe because those pesky cardinals always keep coming back to score. Then that Yadier Molina hits the homer in the top of the 9th to not only rip my heart out but the heart of every Mets fan. And also the sickening sight of the Cardinals partying on the Mets field just like the 00 Yankees. This game also resulted in the second upset in the 7 times the Mets have been in the postseason since 1969. 1988 Dodgers and 2006 Cardinals going to the World Series when neither of them should not have beaten the Mets. And that Jeff Suppan must be god or something for why the Mets were unable to hit him in 2 games. This game has made me now both anti-Cardinals and anti-Dodgers because of the final results of the 1988 and 2006 NLCS.

Shickhaus Franks
October 22, 2006

Less than 48 hours after the fact, IT STILL HURTS! This one hurts more than '85, '87, '88, '98, '99 and 2000 combined! When the bases were loaded and Carlos Beltran came up against Adam Wainwright, visions of August 22nd danced in my head and with his history vs the Cards in the NLCS; I was watching and praying and cheering Beltran would deliver the walk-off basehit and it would be on to DETROIT! But it was NOT meant to be! When CB stood there like a statue and took the called 3rd strike, I was devastated to say the least. It was like when a friend sets you up on a blind date and you expect the woman to look like Fox News anchor Julie Banderas but when the doorbell rings, she looks like Lunch Lady Doris from "The Simpsons". My TV clicked off ASAP because I DID NOT want to see that arrogant, Nazi lawyer LaRussa and his overrated bunch of Redbirds dancing on the Shea lawn. (Btw, I did call LaRussa a Nazi, just ask his "pals" Ron Gant & Ozzie Smith). A sad ending to a great 2006 and the METS WILL KICK THAT ******* DOOR DOWN AND WIN THE 2007 WORLD SERIES!

Peter A Deschnow
October 22, 2006

Thought Willie did a great job managing the series, that is until the bottom of the ninth. First and second wih no outs he HAS TO BUNT the runners over. Struggling to score all series you must play for the tie at home. He could have saved his bench by using Glavine to sacrifice since he is probably the best bunter on the team. The move would have put more pressure on the "genius" in the other dugout (does he walk Reyes to set up the DP and thereby put the winning run on base?), not to mention turning up the heat on the rookie closer. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. None of it mattered if the following batters stood there with the bat on their shoulders like Beltran. WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!

Russell
October 28, 2006

About a week later I can still see Carlos just standing there but it was one of the best games I ever went to.

I got there while the Cards were working out and in batting practice, and Oliver Perez came out to the bullpen for his warmup. We in the upper deck started cheering for him, not knowing what was about to happen next.

In the 6th, one out, runner at first and Rolen coming up, Willie came out to talk to Perez. We all knew it was his last batter. First pitch Rolen lines it, and all I remember thinking was that Endy better catch it. Well, you know what happens. See him jump, and for at least one second, Shea was as quiet as I've ever heard it, then the place went nuts. I don't even remember the throw. Just jumping like crazy when we relized that Edmonds was out at first, the guy sitting to the left of me hugged me.

Then Molina's home run, Beltran looking and that was it. A great season not to forget and just as I left the tunnel, after about 10 munites of just hearing cursing and crying, one guy yelled "LET'S GO RANGERS!" And about 25 people that heard it left the game with at least something to be happy about.

Joe Figliola
November 6, 2006

It's one thing to be a good sport. It's another to ridicule the team you beat. From my understanding, the Cardinals players were making fun of the Reyes chant. That's not cricket. That action ranks up there with Mickey Hatcher making fun of the clench fists the Mets used to do in '88. At least the Mets players were gracious in defeat. The Cardinals players (Rolen and Pujols in particular) acted like a bunch of beer-swilling blowhards who need to take a semester in sports etiquette.

I also hope the Mets were watching the World Series on the TVs. With a few breaks, it should have been them winning the Series!

Mets2Moon
November 8, 2006

I did not attend this game. I was watching it at a Manhattan establishment.

It seemed like I had spend the last two and a half weeks walking a tightrope watching the Mets. After 6 years, I had forgotten how emotionally taxing following them through the playoffs could become. It was even worse knowing they were the favorite.

I remember seeing Fox signing on with their talking heads, seeing the multitudes of fans waving their towels and singing along to Bon Jovi. I felt sick. I didn't know which Oliver Perez would show up.

The good Oliver Perez showed up. A sign in the stands paid homage to Elvis Costello. "Oliver's Army."

1-1 in the 6th. I still felt sick. My legs were shaking. My friends were making up nonsense words. Rolen ripped a drive to deep left. My heart stopped. Endy Chavez went up...And he caught it! And all we could do was scream incoherently. ENDY! ENDY!

To the 8th. Drunk. Still shaking. Biting my nails. My friends catatonic. Still speaking borderline gibberish. We make jokes to try to ease the tension.

9th inning. It happens. I am unable to speak.

The game ends. I am still unable to speak. A hug and a cigarette on the sidewalk. I walk around the block. I still can't speak.

3 weeks later, I'm speaking. It still stings. It took me this long to be able to go back and watch the tape. Really a sublime night of Baseball. Some day, I'll be able to appreciate it more than I do right now.

Some day...

Jon Macowski
November 8, 2006

I think we should have used Glavine to pinch hit. But if only Floyd had jacked it. We open at St. Louis in 2007 Let's kick their **** and show them we mean business in 2007.

J-murph
November 11, 2006

Three weeks or so after the fact and I finally have the stomach to come back on the site and write about this game. This is also the first time I read what I wrote after game 6. So much for all those runs I predicted.

I went up to Shea for the game with my buddy from work. Between the two of us we did not have enough money for two scalped tickets so we ended up watching the game from a hole-in-the-wall bar right outside of the Shea parking lot.

There were only 20 or so people in the place but the atmosphere was awesome. I was wearing a homemade Oliver Perez #46 t-shirt and we were going crazy watching him pitch. We threw the kid into a fire and he could not have had a better showing. Although he is erratic, he has a swagger and I hope we get to see him for the years to come.

Anyway, when Endy made the catch the place lost its mind. I was giving piggy back rides to people I had never met. It took the entire next half of the inning for everyone that was volunteering to buy a shot. You are not supposed to lose games that have plays like that.

The Molina homer was a blow, but I really thought we were going to pick Heilman up in the 9th. I still dont know what Beltran was looking for. But his knees buckled, my heart sunk, and what would beocme one of the longest nights of my life had actually just started.

Jose
November 17, 2006

Well almost a month after we lost the pennant, it still hurts me. I remember I was watching the game with my dad in the living room, I had my "LETS GO METS" poster that I got from the postseason rally a couple of weeks earlier and my lucky Mets cap right next me. As I was watching on TV and Shea Stadium was rocking, it was beautiful to see my fellow Mets fans swing the towels, to show the yankee fans how the Playoffs really are in New York. Oliver Perez was pitching the game of his life, in the 6th Willie comes out, I knew Scott Rolen was going to be the last batter he faced. then Rolen lines one to deep left, all I remember was my heart stopping, I was hoping for a miracle to happen, and it did. Endy Chavez caught it at the wall, it was unbelievable, my heart almost jumped out of my mouth, then I said "it must have been the old Casey Stengel who lifted Endy up!". The bottom of the 6th was an upset, the Mets left the bases loaded, WHY??. the Molina homer, the home run that broke every Mets fan's heart. Before the bottom 9th inning I was hoping for "1986 comeback", the Mets were fighting to comeback, but Carlos Beltran struck out looking with the bases loaded, it was a game we should have won, I cried and I was heartbroken, and realizing that the most toughest, longest, and saddest winter as a Mets fan I have ever had to face, was about to begin. WAIT TILL 2007, REVENGE WILL BE OURS!!!

SCOTT ROGERS
December 8, 2006

As part of my Saturday season plan I got tickets for this game. I've been lucky enough to be at a few playoff games but this one had the best atmosphere I ever saw. It was awesome to see all those towels going at once. I don't think I sat down more than 5 minutes the whole game. The place went absolutlely nuts after Endy's catch plus I felt the place moving, the stadium was vibrating. I've been to hundreds of games but this would have been my number 1 until Molina's homer. I thought I was in shock; Shea went silent until the rally in bottom of ninth, then disbelief when the rally fell short and the game ended.

JFK
February 8, 2007

I went to the game and was excited like a little kid before Christmas. When I got to the stadium, I turned to my girlfriend and said I have a bad vibe all of a sudden.

Seats were under the overhang in mezzanine. No one saw Endy's catch in my section besides me--- you could not see the LF wall due to the overhang. I saw it because when the ball was hit I dropped to the ground to get a view. When Endy caught it I jumped up screaming "HE CAUGHT IT". No one in my section knew what I was talking about.

I am a Willie killer, but the right move was letting Heilman pitch the 9th. Wagner could never handle tie games or games with big leads.

However, Willie went for the Hollywood ending by letting Floyd pinch-hit instead of bunting the runners over.

Beltran proved again he is the most over rated player in baseball by looking at strike 3.

I have heard people say the game was a classic. I didn't think so.

Regardless, the series was lost in game 2.

Shickhaus Franks
February 11, 2007

I know I'm supposed to get over it but somehow I can't because some Satan Worshipers, I mean Yankee fans (REAL and FAKE) remind me once in a while to tell Beltran to get the splinters out of his shoulders!!!! NOT FUNNY!!! But as a lifelong Mets fan, I learned what to do and look for in 2007:
  • The Mets will be having the final celebration after we win the 2007 WORLD SERIES as the Bronx Evils will crash and fall.
  • When the Mets are on FOX-5 this season & Joe Buck is doing the announcing; the mute button will go on & WFAN will be my play-by-play.
  • To borrow a phrase from Red Sox fans: From now on, the full name of the Cardinals thief that stole our '06 championship from the Mets is YADIER "BLEEPING" MOLINA!!!!

Leitner
May 24, 2007

Definitely the WORST day of my life. I was at the game in nice seats in the front row of mezzanine on the 1st base side. The game was great. There wasn't much action but it was a great game. Then the big hit. The stadium deadened in sound you could feel the betrayal... but wait... Chavez was still chasing it... leaps and makes the catch... and to make it even better he doubles up Pujols on first. SHEA WENT CRAZY. At that time you thought that there was NO WAY they were going to lose... until I saw Heilman. I knew something was up. Never gonna forgive him for that. Heilman is my all time LEAST favorite Met. Already has a couple GW HR's this year. Never liked him, never will.

Mike
May 24, 2007

It's numbing just to think or write about this game, but I think it made us better. We won 97 games in a weak division and league, destroyed the Dodgers in the NLDS, and we ran into a mediocre team that simply got hot at the right time. It showed the Mets that winning it all is never easy, and now that we have been reminded of that I expect (and hope for with every muscle I have in my body) a world championship.

Adriano
September 19, 2007

All I remember from this game is that Endy saved Willie's ass for awhile because the right move was taking Perez out in that situation. Then he shoulda gone to Mota in the 9th. Heilman has been awful all year long pitching 2 consecutive innings. As soon as I saw him out there for the 9th I knew we were in trouble and that our season would be lost because of Willie.

Menachem G. Jerenberg
August 23, 2007

I got up at about 3:00 in the morning (Israel time) to watch this on MLB.com's Gameday... very taut game... very frusrtrating, considering the Mets left 11 men on base. Jeff Suppan! We couldn't beat Jeff Freaking Suppan! Suppan and Weaver stunk during the regular season, and during the NLCS we could barely beat them (two- run shot off Weaver in Game 1) for love or money...

It was ALL there, that game... every flippin' indication of karma was swinging squarely in the Mets' direction: home game, 20th anniversary of '86 season, best slugger (and known Cardinal killer) representing last at-bat with bases loaded, and of course The Catch. The Catch, which may go down as one of the greatest in postseason history. Even the crowd favorite hobbling toward home plate with the game on the line and working a full count a la Kirk Gibson. Except that Floyd struck out. And Endy couldn't scratch out a hit with men in scoring position almost immediately after making The Catch. The Catch... Sometime later I saw a photo of The Catch, pulled back so you could see the wall too. Endy Chavez had crashed into an AIG ad, right next to the words "The Strength To Be There".

We should have won. In a million million multiverses, we're probably the only one where karma, in the end, just faded away along with Adam Wainright's curveball.

Joe Lanzisera
March 9, 2009

This was the third one in a row that I had stayed up all night to see. I was in London and needed to leave the hotel for the airport at about 7 am - the game ended about 5 am GMT! What a horrible plane ride home replaying what could have been in my head. Menachem has it right in that Chavez came up with men on right after the catch and couldn't come through. How many times does the guy make the great catch, come up and then get a big hit? It just didn't happen. Not to mention:

The Floyd pinch-hit decision?

Beltran...looking????

Heilman....why Heilman...

Jeff Suppan....Jeff Suppan?????

Yadier Molina???? - UGH!

Eman
April 23, 2012

Just what the hell is Randolph not bunting with 1st and 2nd and no one out. Just stupid. Cost them the game and the series and has brought the team in a 6 year tailspin






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