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April 28, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Bob P
January 2, 2005
Rod Kanehl scored from second base on a wild pitch and the Mets picked up their first-ever home win after seven losses at the Polo Grounds.

Ed K
January 7, 2008

This was also the first win ever by a Met reliever as Roger Craig threw three scoreless innings to record the victory. Craig normally started but had been knocked out early the day before, so Casey brought him back in relief the next day.

Bill Unger
March 5, 2011

Being a youth, this was the first game I ever attended as my uncle (George Fanelli) took me. He had access to corporate first row field level seats at third base in the Polo Grounds. The night before the game I was in bed and I overheard him tell my parents that he had two tickets, and his friend might not be able to attend the game so he might take me. Being a good Catholic boy I said a rosary that his friend could not make it - and my prayers were answered. What a great game and day! It was a sunny and mild spring day. Home runs galore, nine between the two teams and the Mets also nailed three in a row. And of course the Mets first home victory. Even though it took place 49 years ago, I remember the day like it was yesterday, and I have never had better seats since. Truly great memories!

Ed K
March 5, 2012

We should add that Dave Hillman probably should have gotten this first-ever Met relief win. He left the game with a lead but the official scorer ruled that giving up one run in one inning constituted pitching briefly and ineffectively and instead gave the win to Roger Craig who pitched 3 scoreless innings to finish the game. Today, almost cetainly Craig would merely get a save.

It was Hillman's first of thirteen games as a Met to finish his MLB career. He never got a win or a loss as a Met.

bob
April 19, 2012

I'm an original Met fan -- never had any allegiance to prior New York teams. This was my first game ever to see the Mets and I went by myself from Brooklyn on the BMT for 15 cents. I remember that they won of course. (You see I saw 20 games that year and saw 10 victories so I thought the Mets were a very good team.) Most of them at double headers on Sundays. Little would I know that I saw half of all the wins at home that year. What was particular in my mind was the back-back- back home runs by Neal, Hodges and Thomas. I just assumed that 3 in a row was a common thing to happen. Was I ever shocked years later to realize what I had just experienced in my first New York Met home game! Now I have a Citi Field brick to denote my originality.

Jeff K
April 17, 2012

This was the first MLB game I ever attended. I was 7 years old and had watched the Yankees on TV during the historic 1961 season. I had wanted to go to a Yankee game but they were out of town. My dad had been a life-long Brooklyn Dodgers fan and was thrilled to see a National League game in NY once again. We schlepped from Long Island to a decrepit stadium in upper Manhattan and it was love at first sight. I loved the aromas and the surreal green of the field. I was in awe of the orange and blue of the Mets uniforms and the gray and brilliant red of the Phillies road uniform. The feelings I had that day became a permanent part of me and I experience them today every time I enter a baseball park. I become 7 years old again every time I enter a baseball park. I saw the Mets win a rare game that season. I saw them lose many more over the next seven years but was amply rewarded when I went to the '69 Series.

April 29, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Walter Pullis
May 3, 2002
Great site. I was at this game 40 years ago. I saw something I have never seen since. Met pitcher Al Jackson picked off a runner at second base. The second base umpire didn't make the call even though he was only a few feet away. He must have fell asleep! The first base umpire made the correct call.

Joseph Dubin
May 8, 2002

My dad took me to the doubleheader when I was 11 years old. We lived on Sedgwick Avenue so dad parked the car along Kingsbride Road and we took the D train to the Polo Grounds. We sat in the upper deck grandstand behind home plate and I remember Al Jackson pitching that 8-0 shutout. We moved to the first base side for game two and while the Mets took an early lead I remember them being bombed and we left during the middle of the nightcap. Dad was a softee so I ate plenty of ice cream and popcorn, a lot more than I would have if mom had been with us!

We got back on the train and I remember dad taking me to a toy store near the Kingsbridge Armory before going home. It was already dark and I think he bought me a picture puzzle.

My dad is now 87 years old and I'll turn 51 in June but it's little memories like these that make me smile and cry at the same time.

Bob P
February 1, 2004

In the first game of this doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Al Jackson pitches a shutout and Frank Thomas is hit by a pitch twice in the fourth inning as the Mets score seven times.

Phils starter Art Mahaffey hit Frank the first time up in the inning. The second pitcher to hit him was Frank Sullivan, probably best known for giving up a twelfth inning game-winning HR to Stan Musial in the 1955 All-Star Game.

Larry M
April 20, 2004

I was in fifth grade, less than a month away from my 11th birthday, when my Dad took me to my first Mets game at the Polo Grounds. It was a double header against Philadelphia. We saw the entire opener, which the Mets won 8-0 over the Phillies behind the pitching of little Al Jackson, and left midway through the nightcap. We sat out in right field, near the foul pole, and I remember one of the fans leading the rest of us in what was a brand new chant for me, "Let's Go Mets."

About three weeks ago, my 24 year old son, Josh, and I went down to Port St. Lucie to see a couple of spring training games. Gary Carter was there, along with Tim Teufel, Lenny Dykstra, Howard Johnson and Mookie Wilson, but the biggest thrill for me was seeing Al Jackson, nearly 42 years after that game at the Polo Grounds, still wearing a Mets uniform.

Ed K
November 23, 2005

This was actually the first game of the first Met doubleheader in history. Jackson pitched the first Met shutout in history and it was his first win as a Met.

Ed K
January 15, 2006

Also, as mentioned above, Frank Thomas got hit by a pitch twice in an inning which was only the second time in MLB history that had happened.

April 29, 1962 Polo Grounds
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 2
Ed K
November 15, 2005
The nightcap of the first doubleheader in Met history and the Phils got the split in the Polo Grounds after losing the first game to an Al Jackson shutout. In the nightcap, they knocked out Sherman Roadblock Jones after 4 innings.

It was the last start as a Met for Jones. In the Mets next game on May 1st, he pitched an inning of relief, got bombed and was dropped from the team. He never made it back to the majors.

May 6, 1962 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Rick trader
April 8, 2013
This was the first major league game I ever went to. I was 11 years old. It was going to be a doubleheader but there was a rain delay during the first game and the game went extra innings. Because there was something called the blue laws at the time, and the second game would have started after 6 pm on a Sunday, it was postponed because the second game would have started too late. Boy have the times changed!!

June 6, 1962 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Jim Eckert
January 21, 2011
This doubleheader was the first major league games I ever attended. I was 12 and had become a Met fan early this first season because of their name. It amused me because it seemed so silly. What on earth was a "Met"!? Little did I realize then I was attending history. The games were losses 16 and 17 in a row, still a club record 48 years later at this time. They sank this day to 12-36 for the season to attain the .250 WL percentage they were to fill out the season with at 40-120.

I do remember Richie Ashburn just standing at home plate, not arguing but just staring in disgust at an umpire for a long 10 seconds or so after he was called out on a pitch that seemed actually to bounce off the plate. He gave his bat a long low heave that made it skid nearly to the dugout.

August 1, 1962 Polo Grounds
Philadelphia Phillies 11, Mets 9
Ed K
February 13, 2012
This was the first of three straight game in which Frank Thomas hit two homers in each game. He sure loved hitting in the Polo Grounds.

The story Thomas tells is that after one of the homers during these three games, he returned to the dugout and Casey asked about the new yellow glasses he was wearing. Thomas said that the trainer had given them to him. Casey said to tell the trainer to buy a gross of them.

Of course, the Mets lost all three games.

ROY TRINGA
January 23, 2013

This was the first Mets game I ever attended. I was 12 years old when my parents took me to the Polo Grounds and bought me my first yearbook which I still have today. You know,the one with the baby on the cover and Miss Rheingold on the back cover. What I remembered most about this game was Frank Thomas hitting those two home runs and I remembered the final score, but to actually see the box score at this site was a real thrill. This is my first visit to this site and have added it to my favorites. Life Long Mets fan from the beginning.

August 2, 1962 Polo Grounds
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 4
Chris
September 11, 2003
I'm pretty sure this is the game started by Art Mahaffey for the Phils where Frank Thomas and Marv Throneberry each hit 2 solo HRs for all the Mets' runs, but the Phils' lead was never in jeopardy.

Bob P
September 13, 2003

Chris, you are correct...and not only that, Mahaffey himself hit a grand slam in the third inning. Craig Anderson was the starter for the Mets.

Al
January 17, 2008

I remember this game for two reasons: I think it was the first time my friends and I were allowed to travel to the Polo Grounds by ourselves. But it was also because Rick Herrscher started at 3rd base. I think that this was his first start in the majors. Unlike the old Dodger and Giant fans who became Met backers, my friends and I were partial to the younger Mets and were pretty excited about seeing the new 3rd baseman. But I think we must have had an inkling even then about how hard it was going to be for the Mets to find a good one. It turned out it wasn't going to be Rick and it took another 40 years or so before they found a real one. Right? To this day, I test anyone's so-called Mets devotee's bona fides by asking if they remember Rick Herrscher. I've stumped most everyone so far.

Ed K
February 21, 2012

Al, I remember Rick Herrscher because the following Sunday he hit his only MLB homer and I was there to witness it at my first Met win in person.

This was the middle game of the three games in which Frank Thomas hit a total of six home runs - two in each of the games. And the Mets lost all three games. After that, the Mets won three in a row when Thomas hit no homers. Go figure.

August 14, 1962 Polo Grounds
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 1
Walter Pullis
May 3, 2002
I remember watching this game on television 40 years ago like it was yesterday. Al Jackson pitched all 15 innings almost perfectly. The game was won on a single by Mel Roach(that was his real name!)

Walt Wachter
July 20, 2003

Dallas Green started for Phils and Jackson was great for all 15 innings. Mets had numerous chances to win including bases loaded no-outs in extra innings but Pignatano grounded into double play to kill it.

Ed K
July 13, 2004

Jackson threw 215 pitches according to a book I have. Can you imagine any pitcher with a pitch count like that today? Apparently, the Mets were going to remove him after 11 innings but he wanted to stay in and try to win it because the Mets kept getting runners on base and he thought they would eventually score.

Stephen Appell
July 4, 2005

I came home that day from my summer office job at about 6 pm, I just wished I could see the Mets on TV, but figured the game was long over. Just for fun, I turned on the TV and to my amazement the game was still on. Al Jackson was one of my favorite original Mets. His efforts that day help explain why.

nick motto
October 6, 2010

I watched that game from the bleachers in center field a very hot day and a gutty Al Jackson wasn't enough. The Met offense was anemic that day.

August 15, 1962 Polo Grounds
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 7
Feat Fan
June 14, 2004
Pinch-hit home runs by the Mets Choo Choo Coleman (6th inning) and Jim Hickman (8th) tie the major-league record for pinch home runs by one club in one game, but the Mets still lose to the Phils, 8–7, in 13 innings. Winning pitcher Chris Short singles and scores the winning run. The Phils cop the opener, 9–3 behind a Callison homer and two by Demeter.

August 28, 1962 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Ed K
February 1, 2006
Al Jackson's fourth and final shutout of the 1962 season. All four shutouts happened during the first game of a doubleheader and the Mets lost the second game each time!

Ed K
April 28, 2006

The last of Al Jackson's four shutouts in 1962. All were pitched during the first game of a doubleheader and the Mets lost the second game each time!

June 23, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Feat Fan
May 4, 2002
My very first game, age 8. I asked if we'd see Babe Ruth play, the adults laughed.Stared out at CF all day, looked like another galaxy away....Ate peanuts, shells and all....Don Demeter hit a HR....

Bob P
January 31, 2004

Another famous day in early Mets history---Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th career home run off Dallas Green in the first game of this doubleheader, and Jimmy runs the bases backwards. This was the only homer Piersall hit in the National League.

A few weeks later the Mets release Piersall, who goes on to play sporadically with the Angels until 1967.

June 23, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Karl Bloomfield
October 21, 2004
I remember this game as one of a double header that the Mets took from the Phillies that day. This may have been a high point for the Mets that year, but it certainly was the low point of the season for the Phillies, who went on to play pretty terrific baseball for the rest of the season, finishing in fourth place.

Karl Bloomfield
October 14, 2004

I remember this game as one of a double header that the Mets took from the Phillies that day. This may have been a high point for the Mets that year, but it certainly was the low point of the season for the Phillies, who went on to play pretty terrific baseball for the rest of the season, finishing in fourth place, blowing a chance to finish as high as second when they lost a tough game in Houston, which was followed by manager Gene Mauch's infamous temper tantrum, in which he tipped over the post-game buffet, propelling barbecue sauce onto many players' street clothes. The momentum of the Phillies' strong finish in 1963 carried over into 1964, up to about September 21, when the Phillies, 6 1/2 games ahead with 12 to play, lost ten straight and finished in a tie for second behind the Cardinals, who went on to defeat the Yankees in a classic 7 game World Series, dominated by the pitching of Bob Gibson. From a Phillies fan.

July 19, 1963 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Bob P
February 4, 2004
Roger Craig takes a 1-0 lead to the bottom of the ninth, but with one out and a runner on, Roy Sievers hits the 300th home run of his career to give the Phillies a 2-1 win.

Ther loss is Craig's 13th consective loss, on the way to a 5-22 season.

July 20, 1963 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 1
Mike T
March 21, 2010
Just picked up a really nice scorecard from this game. Signed by very tough autographers such as Choo Choo Coleman, Grover Powell, Carl Willey, Duke Snider (who had a triple and HR in the game) and also the first Met appearance by Dick Smith. This is quite possibly Dick Smith's FIRST MLB autograph as a New York Met as July 20, 1963 was his very first game.

August 20, 1963 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Feat Fan
July 5, 2004
Mets 22-year-old rookie Grover Powell beats the Phils with a 4–0 shutout in his first ML start. In his next start he'll be hit on the cheek by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh's Donn Clendenon and never win another game.

August 20, 1963 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Peter Veljkovich
July 2, 2011
I was ten years old, and got my hopes way up that the Mets would actually win a doubleheader! When the game went into extra innings, I wanted the Mets to win so bad I actually started praying for victory. Alas, it was not to be.

September 18, 1963 Polo Grounds
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 1
CGD
November 10, 2000
The last Baseball game ever played in the Polo Grounds!

Ed Koch
September 4, 2002

I recall after the game instead of putting the full tarp over the infield, they just put a small circular tarp covering the pitcher's mound. The television announcers said that an amateur game was still to be played at the Polo Grounds before it got torn down.

Ed K
September 19, 2003

Only 1,752 fans showed up for the final game. Mets drew just over 1 million at home that year. Dodgers and Giants were the big draws, not the Phils.

Feat Fan
June 19, 2004

My dad loved the NY GIANTS, hated the NY METS. Took me to a game in this vast ballfield earlier in the year, it was my first game!

On this sad day, the last ML game at the Polo Grounds draws 1,752 fans to see Philadelphia beat New York 5–1. Jim Hickman hits the final New York home run in the historic park, and Chris Short beats Craig Anderson.

Bob P
July 5, 2005

As others have said, this was the final game in the history of the Polo Grounds. Here are some "final finals" from the great old ballpark:

Last pitch: by Chris Short. Last at bat: Ted Schreiber (pinch-GIDP to end the game). Last hit: Chico Fernandez (single to left). Last home run: Jim Hickman. Last run scored: Wes Covington. Last RBI: Clay Dalrymple. Last Mets run scored and RBI: Jim Hickman. Last error: Ron Hunt.

SteveJRogers
April 19, 2008

Rest in peace Polo Grounds.

May the Mets honor their first home in some fashion, maybe not the all out fashion they will for their home of 44 years, but sadly since this day the Echoing Greens of Polo Grounds has existed in books and faded memories.

Ed K
July 23, 2011

Note also that this game was the 7th straight loss for the Mets at the Polo Grounds. Not so fine memories to close the place out!

June 12, 1964 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Bob P
August 20, 2004
Phillies starter Dennis Bennett is knocked around and leaves the game in the third inning. His brother, Dave Bennett, comes in to pitch the top of the ninth and faces five batters, allowing one run, two hits, and a wild pitch while striking out one. It is the only major league appearance for Dave Bennett.

June 14, 1964 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 5
wayne bodle
February 27, 2004
My recollection (40 years ago) is that this was the first game of a Sunday double-header, and that a prodigious home run to centerfield in maybe the 5th inning by Richie (later Dick) Allen, then a rookie, broke the game open. The shot hit the light standard in old Connie Mack Stadium to the left of the scoreboard above the top of the 32 foot fence, and bounced back well toward the infield. Outfielders, baserunners, and umpires were running in circles trying to figure out what had happened, and the crowd buzzed.

I was 16, from exurban Philadelphia, neither a Phillies nor a Mets fan, but got both teams' radio and TV broadcasts. Game was sold out, stood behind the last row of seats behind third base. The Phillies were unexpectedly in contention in June, and the Mets were a novelty who drew from New York. Don't specifically know if this was that game, but I think it was. Allen was the scariest hitter of that (60s) generation.

June 14, 1964 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 2
Jim Eckert
February 10, 2011
I attended a doubleheader at the Phillies Connie Mack Stadium 6/14/64. With all that must have gone on, I strangely have only one memory of the whole twin bill - Amado Samuel punching a single into RF in game 2. I can still picture his jammed looping uppercut swing and the precise arc of the ball as it softly dropped in. Looking the game up on this site, I don't even remember at all the Jim Hickman homer that soon followed to give the Mets a rally in the 7th, though they lost 4-2.

Weird, how memory can be so selective and particular. I think it was because I didn't think # 8 hitter Amado would hit at all, and because I thought Amado was a neat name.

He is after all the best player named Amado who ever played in the Majors. Just like Andruw Jones is the best Andruw ever. And he seems to be the most well liked player ever for the Mets surnamed Samuel.

Actually I have one other memory, and only this one -Al Jackson warming up for his start, near the dugout those days. I though - man - is he little!

This is the season the Phillies blew the pennant in the most infamous collapse in MLB history (that 6 1/2 game lead with 12 to go - 10 losses in a row thing). It was hardly the fault of the Mets, who gave the Phillies both games of this doubleheader, and 15 of the 18 games for the season, including a perfect game by Jim Bunning a week after this game.

June 19, 1964 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Ken K.
October 28, 2006
I went to this game. I was in High School and it was the first game of a twi night double header. It was also Carl Willey's first start after being hit with that line drive in spring training. (I did not recall that he had made a couple of relief appearances prior to this start, but I just looked it up). He pitched pretty well, no runs in 5 innings, but he never really recovered. It was a shame, because he was supposed to be their #1 starter after his great run for the Mets in 1963 after coming over from the Braves.

June 19, 1964 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 2
Kevin
May 9, 2008
This was the second game of a twi-night doubleheader and my first major league baseball games ever. Of course, the Mets lost both ends but I was in seventh heaven. I vaguely remember Ed Kranepools home run, everything else about these games are a complete blur (Thank Christ!).

June 20, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 3
rich edwards
March 13, 2002
My first game at Shea, a Saturday afternoon game. If I remember Hawk Taylor and Frank Thomas each hit two home runs. What a great historic day for the Mets, I said. Little did I realize I missed Jim Bunning's perfecto by one day.

Bob P
June 17, 2005

Actually, Rich, it was Joe Christopher and Hawk Taylor who each hit two homers in this one. Frank Thomas did not play in this game, he was on the DL.

Hawk wasn't even in the starting lineup, he replaced Chris Cannizzaro at the start of the second inning. But he went 4-for-5 with two singles and two homers!

June 21, 1964 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 0
Joe
November 26, 2001
Jim Bunning of the Phillies pitched a perfect game in this game, which I attended with my dad (I was 12 at the time.) The Mets had 2 really good chances at getting a hit. Ed Kranepool hit a line shot down the rightfield line that hit the wall foul by about a foot or so. Met catcher Jesse Gonder hit a ground ball in the hole between 2nd and 1st that Phils 2b Tony Taylor made a great play on to nab the slow-footed Gonder at first. Outside of those, Bunning mowed the Mets down with ease. I was keeping a scorecard, but did not realize it was a perfect game until the 9th inning when the partisan Mets fans started cheering when the Mets hitters made an out. I think pinch-hitter John Stephenson made the last out.

Unhappily, it was a doubleheader and the Mets got bombed in the 2nd game also (par for the course in those days.)

J. Eckert
April 7, 2002

I was Jr. high age, and had tuned into this horror on TV at my cousin's place to hear that Bunning had just retired his 13th straight batter. I knew what could happen, especially with Bunning who was merciless against the Mets (5-0 that season, 5 complete games, ERA 1.00). I watched and nervously kept chomping down stacks of cheap generic chocolate sandwich cookies, the kind you'd get 200 of for $0.99 (maybe even $0.49 those days), hoping the spell would be broken. Not only was I a Mets fan, but I lived in Reading, PA, a snakepit of Phillie fans who would never let me alone if this went down. But it did, and I was not then even the least bit happy, after all, that I had seen History.

To this day the cheap plasticky taste of those kind of cookies can remind me of that thing.

orange and blue
July 4, 2005

Besides jim bunning throwing a perfecto in game 1, the Mets did not get a base runner until the 5th inning of the second game. Rick Wise was the pitcher and when he walked the batter the Mets got a standing ovation. Wise had no idea what the commotion was until Tony Taylor told him!

Bob P
July 5, 2005

Further to Orange and Blue's post above, the walk actually came in the second inning of game two. In fact, the Mets scored a run in the bottom of the second without a base hit thanks to a walk, wild pitch, and an error.

Joe Christopher singled in the bottom of the third for the first Met hit of the day.

June 21, 1964 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 2
Ed K
August 5, 2007
People forget that there was a second game of a doubleheader after Jim Bunning's perfect game on Father's Day. The Mets got all of three hits in their nightcap loss. Three hits in 18 innings! Quite an offense in those days.

August 7, 1964 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 4
Bob P
January 27, 2004
Frank Thomas rode with the Mets to Philadelphia for this game, and then when the Mets got to Connie Mack Stadium, they told Frank he'd been traded to the Phillies.

Thomas drove in two runs for the Phils in the game to help them to a 9-4 win.

August 9, 1964 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 0
Bob P
January 27, 2004
Jim Bunning makes his first start against the Mets since pitching the perfect game in June...and the Mets get no hits until Joe Christopher's two-out bunt single in the fifth inning.

August 15, 1964 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 1
Ed K
October 4, 2005
Mets hit into their first triple play at Shea Stadium in this game (They had only previously hit into a triple play in Chicago in 1962.)

Bobby Klaus hit a line drive back to the pitcher John Boozer in the 2nd inning. He threw to SS Ruben Amaro who caught Roy McMillan off 2B, and Amaro threw to Frank Thomas who caught Jack Fisher off 1B.

(Of course, it was the second triple play ever to take place at Shea because the Mets MADE a triple play earlier in 1964 in the 23 inning game.)

August 16, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Philadelphia Phillies 4
dvd sfd
January 28, 2002
This was my first baseball game and the game that made me into a Mets fan. In the midst of a dreadful season I went to a game and they won! I remember that it was blisteringly hot, we had box seats (how'd we get them anyway?) and I remember being very happy that I got the Mets yearbook (long gone). Can't wait for the box score but I'm happy to know at least who the winning pitcher was.

sdm
January 15, 2003

This was also my first baseball game. I was 9, and went with my father, grandfather and uncle. We had mezzanine seats directly behind home plate. Vivid memories of the green grass and how well all who sat around us treated me upon learning it was my first game.

Bill Van Alstyne
June 7, 2004

My second Mets game. A sunny Sunday afternoon at Shea. Art Mahaffey started for the Phils. Bobby Klaus hammered his first pitch into left for a single, and the rout was on. Phils botched a double play ball in the first. Mahaffey never survived the inning. It was 7-0 after two. Galen Cisco retired the first nine Phils. Richie Allen hit a 2-run homer in the 4th but the Mets hit the ball all over the lot. Klaus I think had 5 hits. George Altman had 3 or 4. Phils were never in it. John Herrnstein hit a 2 run pinch homer in the eighth but Cisco cruised to a complete game 12-4 win.

May 5, 1965 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 1, Mets 0
Fred of Nyack
March 18, 2003
This was one of the best games Warren Spahn pitched as a Met and the only run came on an opposite field home run by his opponent that night Jim Bunning. Spahn also doubled as the pitching coach and critics felt he left himself in games too long for the short period of time he spent in New York.

Feat Fan
July 13, 2005

At New York, the Phillies Jim Bunning hits a home run and beats Warren Spahn, 1–0. For Bunning, it is his 6th complete game victory against the Mets in six starts, three of them shutouts. Yogi pinch hits late in the game and somewhere there is a self-created score sheet that I had authored while watching on Channel 9.

May 24, 1965 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Gary Crawford
April 8, 2013
Thomas' infield hit off Lary in 6th was viewed as an error by many. If it had been ruled as an error Lary would have had a no hitter going into the 9th. Many felt he grooved one to the leadoff batter in the 9th (HR) to get the official scorer off the hook.

July 24, 1965 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 1
J. G. Jennings
June 6, 2002
This was the first MLB game I attended. I was nine. As I dimly recall, Bunning started and won for PHI, there were no home runs, and the game was preceded by an Oldtimers' game between '55 Dodgers and Giants in which Bobby Thomson again homered down the left-field line.

rich edwards
June 13, 2002

JG, I was at this game also, mainly to see the old timers. Thompson did indeed hit a homer off Branca. They actually brought Branca to pitch especially to him. I'm sure he just lobbed it right in. The real game was almost deja-vu as Bunning retired the first 13 or so batters until Johnny Lewis got an infield single.

Bob P
January 23, 2004

This was Old Timer's Day 1965, and it turned out to be Casey Stengel's final game as Mets manager. After the game Casey, perhaps enjoying the company of his old friends a little too much, had a nasty fall and broke his hip. The Mets were 31- 64 following the loss.

Tom P
September 27, 2013

First MLB game I ever attended, was soon to turn 7. Went with my Dad and his friend whose cigarette butt dropped on my knee leaving my first Mets scar. Roy Campanella got a standing O during the old timers introduction. The other old timers name that struck me was Van Lingo Mungo. We sat near Bobby Thomson on the train ride home to NJ.

July 25, 1965 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Joel
August 13, 2003
The very first game I ever went to! A doubleheader (we stayed only for the first game) my father took me to Shea for the first time ever. We had terrific box seats near the first base dugout. The Mets won the first game beating Bo Belinksy. I think (I might be wrong) that the very first major league batter I ever saw- Cookie Rojas - hit a lead off HR for the Phillies in this game.

Bob P
January 23, 2004

This was Wes Westrum's first game as Mets "interim" manager while Casey recovererd from his broken hip.

If I recall correctly, Wes was very well liked, but many people were surprised that he got the job over Yogi, who of course had played for Casey, and who had joined the Mets the past winter after being fired by the Yankees.

September 25, 1965 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Ed K
July 16, 2006
Carl Willey's last major league game and he ended up a winner. It was a shame that the 1963 ace of the Mets pitching staff was never the same after taking a line drive to his jaw during 1964 spring training.

John H
April 8, 2013

This was Willey's last appearance and he played on a Met team that had on their infield and catcher a group that was anywhere from 19-24 years old.. The old pro showed the new people how to win.

October 2, 1965 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 0
Feat Fan
August 8, 2004
Another Mets' marathon twin bill features an 18- inning scoreless tie in which Philadelphia's Chris Short (18–11) fans 18 batters in the 15 innings he pitches. In ML history there has been one other 18-inning scoreless tie and a record 19- inning scoreless tie. New York loses the first game 6–0 to Jim Bunning (19–9), setting ML records with 27 scoreless innings and 31 strikeouts in an overtime twin bill. Bunning's win is his 7th shutout of the year, the most by a Phillie

October 2, 1965 Shea Stadium
Mets 0, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Ed K
November 10, 2003
Next to last day of the season and the Mets got shut out for an entire doubleheader that lasted 27 innings. Bunning won the opening game shutout and Chris Short pitched the nightcap and struck out an incredible number of Mets (about 18?) in his 15 innings of work. The 0-0 tie forced the two teams to finish the season the next day with another doubleheader and they lost both games but at least scored a run each game.

Feat Fan
March 1, 2004

I used to score all games while sitting in front of the TV (OK, I was a nerd back then.) I remember Rob Gardner fanning a bunch of Phillies and going 15 innings or so. Chris Short was unhittable but then again, against this porous lineup, even Buster Narum would dominate!

Richard Citron
August 6, 2004

I recall watching the game on television and seem to remember that both starting pitchers, Chris Short and Rob Gardner, pitched 15 innings, a feat that would be unheard of in this day and age.

Do anyone remember why the game was halted after 18 innings? I don't believe that the National League had a curfew rule at that time, unlike the American League.

I have been a lifelong Mets fan and this particular game sticks in my mind as one of the most fascinating that I can remember.

October 3, 1965 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 1
Joel
September 4, 2003
Last game of the season, cap day. I went to the first game with two friends of mine. I remember that the Mets had two 20 game losers starting in both games.

May 30, 1966 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 2
Mike from da Bronx
September 18, 2006
I went to this doubleheader in my sophomore year of high school with my friends Jack & Karl. We were sitting in the Mezzanine Reserve section off first base and I don’t remember a thing about either ball game, except for the fan sitting next to me. Every time Tony Taylor of the Phillies got up or caught a ball, this fan (probably in his mid-twenties) shouted over and over again “Tony Tony Two By Four, Can’t Fit Through The Bathroom Door, Makes A Puddle On The Floor, Licks It Up And Does Some More. You Stink Phillies” The three of us made a pact to switch seats every three innings to share this embarrassment. I did the first three innings, then Jack switched with me. After Jack did his three innings, Karl refused to switch seats --- and Jack was stuck with the chanting fan for the rest of the first game and all of the second. Somehow I don’t think Jack ever forgave us but the three of us can still recite that chant after forty years.

July 4, 1966 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Robert Gritsavage
May 7, 2001
This was the very first Major League game I attended. Toured the city earlier in the day with my Dad. Went to a Horn & Hardart to eat. Then, went to the ballpark. It was a day I'll NEVER forget. Ron Swoboda hit a home run on the roof in left and Richie "Call me Dick" Allen hit one over the left field roof and out of the ball park.

Andy Perch
August 26, 2002

Note from a Phillies fan: I was also at this game at Connie Mack Stadium-- I was 10 years old. The think that made it stick in my memory was that right before Dick Allen hit that mammoth home run, a loud firecracker went off just as the pitch was released!

Robert Gritsavage
February 11, 2007

Andy ... you are absolutely right. After you mentioned it, I too recall the loud firecracker right before Dick Allen hit the home run on the roof in left field.

August 20, 1966 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 4
Ken
September 1, 2004
My first Mets game! A Saturday afternoon, in enemy territory. I remember a long home run over the high right field wall by Larry Elliot, and a sensational catch by Billy Murphy as he crashed against the wall in left-center. He was hurt on the play and wound up out of action for a while. Mets had the lead late, but couldn't hold on, and lost in 11.

August 21, 1966 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 1
J. Eckert
March 29, 2002
I attended this doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium when I was 16. In this second game I believe Tug threw a 2-hitter or so for one of his 5 complete games of his Met career.

No two or so-hitter can ever be bad, but this was possibly one of the worst in major league history. Line shot after ungodly shot by the Phillies, but always at someone. Tug packed 6 starts worth of sighs of relief into this one.

September 2, 1966 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 0
Bob P
July 5, 2004
Jim Bunning makes his eighth career start against the Mets. When the game ends, he has his eighth complete game against the Mets, with five of them being shutouts including the 1964 Father's Day perfect game.

At this point the Mets have scored four runs off Bunning in 72 innings.

September 3, 1966 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 4
William Ortenberg
August 12, 2003
This was the first Mets game I ever attended. I was 8 years old. I'd love to see a box score to confirm my 37-year old memories, but I recall Bob Shaw started and took a tumble at some point in the game that dirtied his uniform. I think I recall Rob Gardner pitching in relief, and Ed Kranepool hitting a home run.

Bob P
April 28, 2006

William Ortenberg, if you are still out there....Bob Shaw did indeed start this game for the Mets. Rob Gardner relieved him in the seventh with the Mets down 3-2 and gave up two walks and a single, plus a batter reached on an error by Ed Bressoud. Kranepool's homer came in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a runner on and made the score 8-4.

April 23, 1967 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 6
KEITH VERDI
April 18, 2002
My first Met game on a cold chilly April afternoon. A day I will never forget, even though the Mets lost both games. I remember Richie Allen hit a monster hr in game 2. I think it landed in the Parking lot.

Joseph Dubin
May 28, 2002

Three things I remember about this doubleheader: Tommy Davis fell flat on his back after misplaying a fly to right, Don Bosch stood at the plate after taking a called third strike with the expression "I could have hit that" on his face, and me and my friends successfully sneaking into field level seats behind first base for the entire two games.

April 23, 1967 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 1
Feat Fan
April 10, 2004
In the bottom of the sixth, Bud Harrelson led off the inning with an infield hit to short, bringing Met starter Bill Denehy to the plate. Mgr Gene Mauch obviously figured the Mets were going to bunt, since the Phillies were leading 2-1. Mauch swapped third baseman Dick Allen with ss Bobby Wine and put the rotation play on. Denehy's bunt was fielded by Clay Dalrymple, who threw to 2b Tony Taylor, covering at first. Harrelson kept running to 3b where... nobody was covering! So much for that idea. Wine and Allen swapped back after the play.

June 20, 1967 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 0
Bob P
July 5, 2004
Tommy Davis has a second inning double for the only Mets hit of the game as Larry Jackson pitches a shutout.

August 14, 1967 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Bob P
July 13, 2004
The Mets finally beat Jim Bunning in this game after Bunning had pitched eight straight complete game victories over the Mets, including five shutouts and a perfect game.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Mets, marking only the fourth time in their six seasons that they had won as many as five in a row.

August 15, 1967 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 5
Ed K
October 4, 2005
Mr. Harmonica Phil Linz hit the first GITP (Grounded into Triple Play) in Met history in 2nd inning of this nightcap to the doubleheader. He hit a grounder to Dick Allen who tagged 3B to force Greg Goosen and flipped to Cookie Rojas who tagged 2B to force Tommie Reynolds and then the throw to Bill White at 1B still got Linz. Linz was some speedy SS!

July 6, 1968 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Ed K
September 7, 2007
Phil Linz only got 54 hits for the Mets in the 1968 season and almost ten percent of them were on this day as he became one of the first Mets to get five hits in a game.

July 7, 1968 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 3
Dan
August 27, 2005
I was at this game with my dad and uncles. It was my first baseball game and I was 9 years old. I was in awe.

July 7, 1968 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Ed K
January 6, 2007
Seaver's only save as a Met!

July 14, 1968 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
duke
September 10, 2002
Johnny Briggs, a Jersey boy, destroyed the Mets all day (double dip loss) on Mets "Bat Day." Richie ("before" Dick) Allen didn't have a bad day either. At least I did get a Yogi Berra bat that day.

Joe
July 23, 2011

I was 8 years old and this was my first Mets game. I went with my father, my brother, my brother's friend and his father. Got a Jerry Grote bat, making him my first favorite Met. This game caused me to become a life-long Mets fan. I still have the bat!

September 29, 1968 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 3
Glenn Don
August 31, 2002
I was at this game. Richie Allen hit three home runs all to different fields in an awsome display of power! I got a hat because it was fan appreciation day!

Howard S.
September 4, 2002

I was 6 years old, a Phillies fan and Richie Allen was my favorite player. Richie Allen hit 3 consecutive home runs including a grand slam with 2 out in the 9th inning. He drove in 7 runs in the Phillies 10-3 win. It was the only game I ever saw him play in person, and it was the only game in his career where he hit 3 home runs.

Dean H.
June 28, 2006

I was sitting behind 3rd base about 25 rows up when I saw Richie Allen hit 3 consecutive home runs, including a grand slam off of Ron Taylor, who had just entered the game. The ball went about halfway up the light pole in left center field. It was the longest home run I've ever seen at Shea in the 41 years I've been going there! The crowd was absolutely stunned! We were actually applauding Allen's effort as he was rounding 3rd base.

April 15, 1969 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Bob P
July 19, 2006
Gary Gentry became the second pitcher in Mets history to win his first two major league starts. The Mets rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie as Gentry was removed for pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool.

Bud Harrelson had singled in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded and two outs, then Kranepool delivered a double to score two more.

Cal Koonce retired the last six Philles without the ball leaving the infield.

Until Mike Pelfrey started his major league career with two wins in his first two starts in July 2006, this was the last time any Mets pitcher had accomplished that feat.

June 18, 1969 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Gary Crawford
January 18, 2005
Steady Eddie singled to right scoring Cleon from third (after Jones double and a ground out.) Earlier in game Art Shamsky had been thrown out at home.

June 24, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Tim
July 2, 2011
This was the first game of a twi-night doubleheader and also the first major league game I ever saw, just about one month before my seventh birthday.

My father and I drove down from Connecticut, before we left he told my mother that we'd stay for the first game, and then if I was tired we'd leave. For years afterward he loved to tell the story of how when the first game ended he asked me if I wanted to go home and I said "no". He then proceeded to ask me the same question after every inning of the SECOND game, and I kept saying "no". So we stayed for both games!

I remember nothing about the games themselves except that the Mets won both, it was nice to be able to look at the scorecards here and get the details. This is a great website.

June 24, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
LenDog
June 19, 2004
This was the second game of a twi-night doubleheader. I went with my Dad and two uncles...

See that run in the bottom of the 8th? That's Tommie Agee hitting one over the wall. We heard the roar of the crowd as we road down one of those giant escalators from the upper deck at Shea.

This was my first-ever lesson in the perils of leaving early. HRs by the Mets were so rare in those days, and it was a real disappointment to miss one b/c we were trying to beat traffic.

Anyway, the sweep of the doubleheader is a nicer memory than the missed HR!

Bob P
September 9, 2004

LenDog, I don't know if you remember this about the twi-nighter this night, but the Phillies' Richie Allen failed to show up for the doubleheader. Gene Stone played first base in both games for the Phils.

Allen was fined $2,500 and suspended indefinitely (which turned out to be until July 20). He later explained that he had gone to New Jersey in the morning to see some horse racing and got caught in traffic on the way to Shea.

Jim McAndrew had a perfect game in the second game of the doubleheader until light-hitting shortstop Terry Harmon singled with one out in the sixth inning. The next batter was pinch- hitter Vic Roznovsky and he also singled. Then McAndrew retired the next eight batters before Ron Taylor came in to pitch the ninth. Jim had also driven in a run with a bases loaded walk in the four-run fourth inning.

LenDog
November 18, 2004

Hey Bob P. - thanks for filliing in some blanks.

I barely remember this twi-nighter. I do remember McAndrew throwing a great game but details are fuzzy. I recall a beautiful night, lots of peanuts, and a Mets sweep - i.e., a dream night for a kid.

Charlie.S
February 28, 2011

This was my 18th birthday. My father and a friend took me for my first trip to Shea and my first legal night out drinking. I remember the great time I had but few details. I still have my giant Mr Mets, and You have to believe buttons. And baseball was great then.

June 25, 1969 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 5
Feat Fan
September 8, 2004
The Mets (14) and Phillies (13) set a National League record for ineptitude by striking out 27 times in the first nine innings of a 10-inning game. The Phils win 6–5 when rookie Dave Watkins triples and scores in the 10th. Watkins, who replaced Cookie Rojas when he was thumbed in the 5th, hits his first ML homer as well. Palmer strikes out nine in four 1/3 innings for Philley, while Nolan Ryan K's 10 in six 1/3 innings.

Bob P
August 20, 2004

The Mets blew a 5-0 lead and lost in ten innings, 6-5. Rookie Dave Watkins tripled with two outs in the tenth and scored on a single by Johnny Briggs. Watkins had also hit his first major league homer off Cal Koonce to tie the game in the eighth inning. The only reason Watkins was in the game was because Phillies 2B Cookie Rojas had been ejected in the fifth inning.

Ed Kranepool had a chance to be a hero but grounded out in the bottom of the tenth with the bases loaded and two outs.

The two teams combined to strike out 27 times in the game...all in the first nine innings, setting an NL record. So half of the outs in the game through nine innings were strikeouts. Nolan Ryan started for the Mets and struck out ten in 6.1 innings; Lowell Palmer was the Phils' starter and he fanned nine in just 4.1 innings

September 5, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Fanof41
November 17, 2002
My dad took me to this game. It was on a Friday evening, if I remember correctly and it was thrilling to see him become the first Met pitcher to reach 20 wins in a season! (I also seem to recall that Richie Allen, the Phillies' first baseman, had his first game back after being suspended (yet again) by Philadelphia management!)

johnmn55
January 23, 2003

My father took me. It was definitely a day game (which were not unusual on weekdays in April and September then). Agee and Shamsky both hit home runs into the Mezzanine in the first inning.

Bob P
June 5, 2003

The game was indeed a Friday night at Shea. The game where Agee and Shamsky hit first inning homers was two days later, Sunday afternoon September 7.

Tommie20
June 19, 2004

Funny how we have different memories. This was a 1 of 2 games the Mets played that night. It was the first baseball game I ever attended, part of a twi-night doubleheader. It was windy in the upper deck and we had blankets. I remember Jerry Grote hitting a home run. I also have a vague recollection of fly-fishermen demonstrating how far they could cast their lines between games. I've been to 60 or 70 games since then but I'll never forget my first night at Shea!

April 17, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
buddy3
October 13, 2008
This was a great day for Bud Harrelson. He hit a home run in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The homer was his first one that ever went out of the park (he had an inside-the- parker a few years earlier) and the only one of his six as a Met that he ever hit at Shea Stadium.

Buddy didn't stop there. In the third, he hit a triple that scored Tommie Agee, then scored himself when Joe Foy doubled. The Mets got three runs in the inning.

Tom Seaver, pretty much, took care of the rest. He pitched a shutout, scattering eight hits, but the day really belonged to Buddy. He provided the offensive charge with some slugging, which didn't come from him too often.

April 18, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
george
March 24, 2002
First MLB game I ever attended. Sat in nosebleeds behind the plate and could still hear Nolan Ryan warming up in the bullpen before the game. BANG! Struck out 17. Only hit by Johnny Briggs, a flare in the fourth. No one else even got good wood on a foul ball. After game stopped with wife and signed about 200 autographs including my glove. Duffy Dyer,who caught game also autographed glove. To this day he was the nicest pro athlete I have ever met. His wife who stood and waited smiling patiently was just as nice (and a major hottie!)

Jesse Wassner
January 4, 2003

This was also my first game. I remember walking into the stadium even before the game began, with the whole croud cheering "Lets go Mets." I rember being upset because my father made us leave early to beat the traffic and the Mets scored another run!

Fan 5/31/64 - 8/11/94
March 25, 2005

Hey anyone else remember this? After about 1,500 AB's, Derrell McKinley Harrelson hits his first HR over the fence. He had one in '67, but it was an inside the parker as Al Luplow (just sold by the Mets to the Pirates) argued that the ball was foul. Buddy would use this as springboard to go on and blast 4 more as a Met. His total of 6 lifetime Mets HR's matched Seaver's 6, except Seaver hit 6 more with the Reds and Harrelson hit only one more (forgot with who). Can someone confirm this event?

buddy3
September 6, 2008

Fan, you're off by one day. The home run Buddy hit was the previous day. It was the only one he ever hit at Shea Stadium. His lone non-Mets homer came as a Texas Ranger in 1980.

This day belonged to Nolan Ryan. He struck out 15 batters and pitched a one-hitter for his first major league shutout. It was as a sign of things to come. It's too bad those things didn't come with Nolan in a Mets' uniform.

May 15, 1970 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Bob P
May 16, 2003
Tom Seaver pitched another near-masterpiece this night at Connie Mack Stadium as he allowed just one hit, a third inning single to right by Phils' catcher Mike Compton, and struck out 15 batters.

An oddity in the game: in the top of the second, with one out and Ron Swoboda on first, Joe Foy hit a fly ball to center field, but Oscar Gamble dropped the ball. However, Swoboda went back to first thinking the ball was caught, and Foy passed him between first and second. Foy was called out and Swoboda returned to first.

One footnote on Compton: he was the Jimmy Qualls of 1970. Qualls, who broke up Seaver's perfecto on July 9, 1969, finished his major league career with 31 base hits. Compton finished his career with 18.

June 19, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Scott Reid
March 2, 2003
What do you think I would remember most?

--That the Mets won 13 to 3? NO. --That TWO great pitchers started the game Jim Bunning and Tom Seaver? NO. --That Seaver struck out 11 and walked NONE! NO. --That Wayne Garrett almost hit for the cycle (he needed a double)? NO. (I had to look this up...I don't have that good a memory!)

What I remember most is hearing MY name announced as a batter in a major league game!

Scott Reid played (barely) for the Phillies and as a matter of fact I didn't even know "I" was a player until this day at Shea.

All of a sudden Reid is in the game replacing Larry Hisle in RF. When he came to bat later and "my" name was announced, my friend said to "get up" (meaning get up to bat). I still didn't get it until he said look in your program and sure enough...there "I" was.

I was only 7 at the time, so this was a major thrill and the only time (until I became an adult and the Mets pissed me off later [but that's another story]) that I rooted for an enemy of the Mets to do well. Well..."I" went 0-4, reaching on an error...but it was a thrill never the less.

Years later friends of mine who were baseball card collectors game me a copy of "my" card (worth about .01 today I guess!). I tracked down the "real" Scott and sent him a letter with my story. He was nice enough to autograph the card for me and send me a picture.

So...that's my story about June 19, 1970...just another ordinary day at Shea...except for me and my namesake!

Dan Harned
September 18, 2005

This particular game date is very memorable to me because I was hit with a foul ball off the bat of Wayne Garrett (the same Wayne Garrett who almost hit for the cycle that day as previously mentioned). I was not seriously hurt but I did receive a bat (curiously, it was a Duffy Dyer bat - I guess the equipment person just grabbed whatever was available). The bruises were gone quickly but I still have the bat!

Andy Friedman
October 19, 2011

I remember being at this game 11 days before I turned 10. It was so much fun to see the Mets score so many runs and I thought at the time every game was like that.

June 20, 1970 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
DAVE SISTARO
June 17, 2003
This was my 1st game ever. My dad took me and we had upper deck seats. I remember Oscar Gamble dropping a fly ball and almost dropping another which was the last out of the game. I'm trying to find a boxscore of this game. I was 7 years old.

Bob P
June 26, 2003

Dave, the boxscore and play-by-play for the game are on www.retrosheet.org. Please e-mail me if you need help.

Gamble dropped a fly ball hit by Al Weis in the bottom of the fifth with two outs and Ron Swoboda on first base. Swoboda came around to score the only Mets run of the game.

The last out of the game is listed as "Swoboda lined to Browne." Byron Browne was playing RF in the game while Oscar Gamble played center. Cleon Jones made the second out of the ninth inning by flying to Gamble, so it could have been the second out you are thinking of, unless it was Browne instead of Gamble who almost dropped the ball.

You have a great memory! Thanks for sharing!

July 2, 1970 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 1
Bob P
September 12, 2004
In the 6,000th game played at Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils score six runs in the eighth off Gary Gentry, Ron Taylor, and Tug McGraw. The six run inning stops a scoreless streak of 53 consecutive innings for the Phillies. Jim Bunning gets the win, and the Phils also win game two of the doubleheader, dropping the Mets into a first place tie with the idle Pirates.

July 4, 1970 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Bob P
February 21, 2005
Saturday night, July 4 in Philadelphia...the fourth game of a five-game series. Tom Seaver and Grant Jackson were the starters, and both gave up two runs in the first inning. The Mets runs came on a two run homer by Donn Clendenon, and the Phils tied it up on a two-run double by Don Money.

The Mets regained the lead for good in the fourth when Jerry Grote singled to drive in two runs, and they added three more in the sixth on RBI singles by Seaver, Agee, and Harrelson.

Meanwhile, Seaver allowed just one hit after the first inning, and that was a third inning single by Oscar Gamble. Tom retired 19 of the last 21 batters he faced, with the only two baserunners coming on walks.

Seaver improved to 13-5 with the win but went just 5-7 the rest of the season.

Grant Jackson fell to 1-7 with the loss on his way to a 5-15 season. At this point in his young career, Jackson had a record of 19-35. When he retired after the 1982 season his career record was 86-75.

September 10, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
frank sessa
July 13, 2008
This is my first Met game I don't remember much about it. I was 10 years old. I read about it and found out the winning run scored in the fourteenth inning on a Cleon Jones triple I am a big time Mets fan. I have been to so many other games since then.

May 19, 1971 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 1
Ed K
September 11, 2003
The Mets first Game ever at the Vet and they lost it just as they lost their last game there at the end of the 2003 season. All told, they were 121- 151 at the Vet.

June 18, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Eric
September 19, 2001
In June of 1971, my dad took me to Shea for a weeknight game against the Phils. It was the first game I ever attended, and I wore a full Mets uniform to the game (I was nine). I remember that Gentry started against a pitcher named Ken Reynolds, that the Mets won, 2-0, that my favorite player, Tommie Agee, did not play (I was very disappointed), but that my second-favorite player, Donn Clendenon, DID play, and he smacked a slicing foul ball toward us in the field boxes halfway between first base and the right field wall. The ball looked as big as a softball as it headed for us. I have no idea how the Mets scored, but I do remember that it was pleasant weather, and we took the subway home. A fine way to start my Shea pilgramages!

Bob P
May 22, 2004

Donn Clendenon singled, then Ken Singleton homered in the second inning for the only two runs of the game. In fact, those were the only two hits starter Ken Reynolds allowed in seven innings of work.

Gary Gentry did even better, pitching one of his best games as a Met that night. He retired the first ten batters of the game before Tim McCarver singled and Willie Montanez walked.

Gentry then retired 17 of the last 20 batters to finish the game with a two-hit shutout. He walked three and struck out seven.

Rich D
January 15, 2006

This was also the very first Met game I ever attended. I was 10 years old. Ironically, my dad was a big Yankee fan and didn't like the Mets! But he took me anyway, along with another dad and his kid. We all drove out from NJ to Shea.

We sat very close, just about behind home plate. I remember Gentry looking kinda small and skinny on the mound, while Ken Singleton looked about 7 feet tall! I recall Gentry throwing very hard, hearing the catcher's glove snap. And the moment Singleton connected, everyone seemed to know the ball was gone as it disappeared into the beautiful June evening.

I instantly fell in love with Shea: the lights, the open sky in the outfield, the huge scoreboard with the old round Mets logo on top in that big square box. I felt so at home there - and I still do!

June 19, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Greg Sullivan
April 27, 2002
I believe I attended this game as a child. It was helmet day. The Mets won in the bottom of the 15th on a Clendenon home run. Have a got the facts right?

Feat Fan
March 28, 2004

In the top of the 14th at Shea Stadium, Larry Bowa was on 2b and Oscar Gamble on 1b for the Phillies. On a double steal attempt, Bowa reaches 3b and Gamble is caught in a rundown. Bowa continues on to score and draws a throw while Gamble reaches 2b. NL president Chub Feeney ruled that Bowa should be credited with 2 stolen bases on the play and Gamble 1.

Laurence Darmiento
April 28, 2004

I also attended this game as a child. It was helmet day. The thing I remember more than even Clendenon's home run was an earlier shot by Ken Singleton that could have been the longest home one ever hit had it not hit the high, white Mets sign in centerfield. (It's been a long time since I've been to Shea). Unless my childhood memory deceived me, I was in the right field bleachers and the ball was like a rocket. It took off from the bat and hit the sign in about two seconds still going straight up.

Bob P
April 30, 2004

Laurence, I can't vouch for your memory of Singleton's shot hitting the scoreboard, but he did hit a homer in the bottom of the 14th inning. That tied the score 5-5 after the Phils had taken the lead in the top of the 14th on the double (triple?) steal described above by Feat Fan in March of 2004.

The Mets won it on a Clendenon homer off RHP Bill Wilson in the bottom of the 15th with two outs and nobody on.

Tom Seaver started the game for the Mets but this was one of those rare 1971 starts where he just didn't have it. Tom, who led the league in ERA that year with a 1.76 mark, gave up four runs and twelve hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out just three batters.

Former World Champion Met Bobby Pfiel played in this game for the Phillies. He had a pinch single in the top of the 13th but was caught stealing.

Thomas Peele
September 1, 2004

It was helmet day and my first Mets game. I went with my Cub Scout pack and we set in the upper deck near the left field foul pole. We left sometime in extra innings and filed onto a school bus to take us back to East Hampton. The bus driver put the game on the radio. Every one of us sat rapt to the voice of Bob Murphy. The Phillies scored to go ahead, but the Mets tied it. Then Clendenon launched one and Murphy was shouting "The Mets win. The Mets win the ball game!" and we were all cheering like crazy in the bus and waiving our batting helmets. I am writing this the night after coming back from seeing the Mets lose to the Giants in San Francisco. It was my first Mets game of the year and the 33rd consecutive year I have seen the Mets live at least once, starting with Helmet Day, 1971. My wife can't understand why I care about the Mets, or why I am pissed they lost tonight. She also doesn't understand why I got teary eyed when Murphy called his last game last year (thank God for the Internet, as I am in California), or when he died. But she wasn't on the bus on Helmet Day, when Murphy called Clendenon's high fly ball to right field.....

Hank M.
September 8, 2004

I remember this as the first major league game I ever attended. I was a seven year old living in Wantagh and I went with my father.

I remember three things from this game: it was Helmet Day, I wore my first Mets' uniform with number 2 (Bob Aspromonte's number, I still don't know why I chose it) and the Mets beat the Phillies in 15 innings. We stayed for the entire game that ended with Donn Clendennon's home run.

I also recall Ken Singleton hitting a home run, but could not remember the inning in which he hit it. Thank you, Bob P.

Ed
June 11, 2007

Helmet day!! Seaver didn't have it that day, but the Mets stayed in it. My mother made us leave in the 11th inning (I seem to remember a Clendenon double wasted?), and we got home in time to see Clendenon's game winning HR in the 15th. I remember being pretty sore at my parents for making us leave!

Mike
March 13, 2008

This was the first of many Mets games my father took me to. God rest his soul; what a wonderful man. He served almost 40 years on the N.Y.P.D. It was Helmet Day and the Mets won. We were there for all 15 innings in the Mezzanine section. What a great day!

Ian
January 4, 2010

It was my first game also. I was six years old, but I did remember Singleton having a big day.

June 20, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Michael Sofranko
November 16, 2006
This was only the second game I attended. I was 11 years old. It was a Father's Day doubleheader which was also Mets Straw Hat Day.

The two most outstanding memories on the day were seeing Nolan Ryan, a relative unknown at the time, walk the first three hitters he faced, then promptly struck out the next three to end the first inning.

I hadn't realized until looking at the box score that the Mets actually made a fantastic comeback in the bottom of the ninth of the first game.

The second memory took place in the second game which was a long home run hit out of the park in right field clearing the second bullpen wall and into the parking lot by Ken Singleton. The second game also was won by a Darren Johnson grand slam in extra innings. Mets also attempted another comeback but fell short.

Our seats were first row Mezzanine section which my hncle bought from a scalper for $10 each. What a classic day it was!

Bob P
November 24, 2006

Michael, a couple of follow-up points to your excellent post:

Ryan actually gave up a bunt single and two walks in the top of the first before striking out Willie Montanez, Oscar Gamble, and Ron Stone.

After being given a 4-0 lead thanks to two run homers by Mike Jorgensen and Art Shamsky, Ryan gave up six runs and six hits and two walks (one intentional) in the sixth. In the first five innings Nolan had allowed just that one bunt hit.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets loaded the bases with nobody out, and back-to-back singles by Don Hahn and Duffy Dyer gave the Mets the win, 7-6.

The Ken Singleton homer in game two gave the Mets a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning, but Ray Sadecki couldn't hold it and the Mets lost in 11 innings.

YM
September 6, 2008

This was the first game I ever attended at Shea. I was six years old; we arrived during the top of the 9th inning and so the first Shea experience I ever had was a 3 run comeback. I was hooked!

September 5, 1971 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 3
Ed K
September 4, 2002
First road game I ever saw the Mets play. My folks had helped me move into my freshman dorm at Penn and we had some free time, so we went over to the Vet. The only time I ever saw Nolan pitch in person and he lost. The Phils gave out Phillies rulers and book covers for back to school day and my sisters hung on to the rulers (which included Mike Schmidt's picture on it) for years.

I saw a bunch of Met games at the Vet over the next four years because they were always scheduled for a trip to Philly in April before the spring semester was over and in September after the fall semester had started. Of course, I most remember 1973. I went to a Phils-Pirates game that September to root against the Pirates.

Bob P
September 1, 2004

Nolan Ryan walked five, hit a batter and gave up three hits in just two innings (plus three batters in the third) as the Mets got creamed by the Phils.

Don Hahn had a fifth inning inside-the-park homer for the Mets off Woody Fryman. It was Hahn's first career home run.

May 21, 1972 Veterans Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Jim Gallagher
February 13, 2003
I'm not positive of this, but I think Jim Beauchamp hit a homer (or maybe 2?) off Steve Carlton as the Mets defeated the Phillies. It was one of only 10 losses Carlton had on the season as he won the Cy Young with a 27-10 record.

Jim Gallagher
December 14, 2003

I stand corrected! In the bottom of the 8th, Beauchamp pinch-hit for Seaver and singled. Mays, batting leadoff that day, hit a 2-run homer off Carlton as the Mets won their 11th in a row.

Tommy Hutton homered off Seaver earlier in the game, as he used to own Seaver in those days...

Mook
April 26, 2010

This was the game...The Zenith. On the morning of May 22, the Mets awoke and found themselves sitting at 25-7. They had completed an 11-game winning streak and the news media were hailing them as invincible. With Rusty, Seaver, Agee etc all of us kid-types were not only getting ready for the inevitable World Championship but debated whether the Mets would also smash the all-time records for wins in a season (at that time 111). Then a funny thing happened: Rusty got in the way of a George Stone fastball and the injuries began accumulating. By August, Duffy Dyer found himself in RF. The Met leader in HR was Staub with 9 until September (he went out June 9) a feat that was not matched until the pathetic 2009 edition of the team.

The suffering lasted until September 1973 and then... well that is another story.

BobT
November 25, 2010

This was one of the first games I ever attended. I remember being excited about seeing "Super Stever Carlton," pitch. He had been traded to the Phillies in the off-season for a very popular pitcher in Philadelphia, Rick Wise (who had no-hit the "Big Red Machine," the previous year, including hitting two home runs in the game).

Carlton was five-and-0 to start the 1972 season and Willie Mays had recently been traded to the Mets from the Giants. Late in the game, Mays hit a long drive off Carlton which sailed into the "dancing waters" fountains beyond the center field fence at Veterans Stadium, which turned out to be the winning run.

Three future Hall-of-Famers all figuring in the decision of the game, Seaver got the win; Willie Mays the GW hit, home run #648 for him and the GW RBI; Carlton took the loss, one of only ten he had in a Cy Young award winning season for him. I was hooked on baseball after that game.

August 1, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Mook
November 10, 2003
Banner day twi-night doubleheader,also the first time I sat below the Upper Deck at Shea (loge Sec 3 Row 3). The players looked almost like they did on TV rather than those distant specks darting in all directions I was used to. First game goes 18 innings thanks to a HR by Don Money. The fans in left field left the game to assemble outside the centerfield wall in the 7th inning. Where they waited...and waited...and waited. Lasting memory other than Money's HR was Dave Schneck's triple in the 1st. I told everyone within earshot that Schneck was going to be the Met's CF of the future, and would possibly be in the HOF: predictions I later made about Dan Norman and Gregg Jeffries . What do I know, I'm the only investor to LOSE money in the late 90's market.

Second game was a treat watching true HOFers Steve Carlton and Willie Mays face off. Carlton his 21st of 27 victories in his incredible season.

Chris Doyle
March 27, 2008

It was a twi-night doubleheader and my brother Tom and friend Frank DiCola and I made a banner and had great seats down the left field line with my sister Kathy and my Dad. We went outside after the 7th inning and the Phillies tied it up and it went 18 innings. We finally went back inside to see the last inning. The Mets won and we got to parade on the field. My Dad made us leave after the 2nd inning of the 2nd game and I only got to see Willie Mays get up once. The Mets sent all the people involved in banner night free tickets for a game against the Expos in September.

Rich D
October 15, 2010

I was at this game as well with my sister and our proud banner! They held Banner Night between games of a "scheduled" twilight doubleheader against the Phils (ah, remember those?). The first game lasted 18 innings, the Mets winning 3-2. What was funny was that we were told to huddle under the stands leading to the outfield with our banners sometime around the 7th inning, but we couldn't see the game!! We were way back in line and didn't want to lose our place, so we missed the ending. When we heard a huge roar echo through the stadium, we knew the Mets had won. Very funny night. I was 11 years old.

We had Loge seats overlooking the Phillies bullpen so I watched Carlton warm up for game 2. I was absolutely amazed how loud he popped the catcher's glove!

And yes, I also remember getting those freebies for a Mets- Expos in September.

August 2, 1972 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
AP from Queens
May 8, 2003
This is my first game ever! My mother, brother and I sat in $2.75 seats on the 3rd base Mezz. My mother bought the tixx the week prior at Manufacturers Hanover. I'll never forget the anticipation. I'll never forget walking up the ramp and seeing the field for first time. Seaver's HS friend and former Met teammate Dick Selma got the win. I can remember Deron Johnson's HR in the 10th. And Willie Mays played too!

Hank M
January 9, 2007

The ending of this game was a disaster! Having the lead in the ninth inning with Tom Seaver on the mound usually meant victory. Not on this night. Instead, we got Larry Bowa scoring all the way from first on a double by Tommy Hutton (who was a Seaver tormenter) and a pinch-hit 2- run homer by Deron Johnson to left-center field. The Phillies took it right away from us.

The next morning, I saw my friend Glenn, who was the biggest Mets' fan I ever knew. He said to me,"That game they should have won!" I agreed, and ever since then, I've always believed that any game in which the Mets have the lead entering the ninth is one they should win!

One note about Hutton. He was a musician and on Kiner's Korner after the game, Ralph asked him a few questions about his guitar playing. About a year later, Tommy gave a performance on "The Mike Douglas Show."

August 3, 1972 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 1
Craig Salsgiver
October 15, 2010
This was the first baseball game I ever attended. I was 8 years old. Don't remember much, but I was disappointed that Bud Harrelson was not playing. I know Willie Mays had an at bat, but I just don't know if I was still at the game when he came to the plate. Sitting at the top of the stadium behind home plate seemed like miles from the field. I bought a Mets ring. Lost it quickly.

September 23, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Ralph Sassano
February 12, 2003
This was the first game I ever went to. I seem to remember that it had rained like hell the night before, but it turned out to be a clear crisp early autumn day. I wore one of those old baseball jackets that had logos of select teams on them--remember those? My mom took a picture of my older brother and I outside the old house in Yorktown Heights before we left, gloves in tow. The picture is dated on the back and it said the score of the game.

Anyway, I was only 7 years old and I went with my brother and my father, who has recently passed on. I remember a few things about the game. The Phillies had those toxic blue uniforms and I kind of thought they were cool. Another thing that stands out clearly is that the crowd was really getting on Bob Boone, the Phillies catcher. I can recall when he got up to the plate everyone in my section going BA-BOOOOOONE!! BA- BOOOOONE!!

I think it was because there were a couple of Met beanings in this game. I'm certain that Rusty Staub hit the deck (maybe twice). I don't know if there were words with he and Boone, but I think that's why everyone got on Boone.

I also remember that Dave Schneck hit a triple. Why I remember that I have no idea, but I am certain that it happened. One thing also, I think that Willie Mays pinch hit in that game. I'm not sure.

If he did, I don't know why I remember the beanings, the Schneck triple, and Ba-Boooooone! so clearly instead of that.

Bob P
May 22, 2004

Further to Ralph's comments on this game from Feb. 2003:

The boxscore shows that Duffy Dyer was the only player hit by a pitch in the game. Phils starter Jim Nash hit Duffy in the fourth inning. It certainly is possible that Rusty got brushed back once or twice in the game, but he didn't get hit.

Willie Mays did not get into this game. He was not in the starting lineup and the Mets made no substitutions.

Dave Schneck's triple came in the bottom of the eighth after Cleon Jones had led off with a double. Schneck then scored on a sac fly. In fact, four of the five Mets runs in this game crossed the plate on sac flies!

Jon Matlack pitched a five-hitter to improve to 14-9, and all three Phillies' runs were unearned.

September 24, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Ken Akerman
April 2, 2003
I recall seeing this game at Shea Stadium with my family, when I was eight years old. The game matched up Tom Seaver vs. Steve Carlton, the two best National League pitchers of the 1970's. This was the season where Carlton had one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher, when he went 27-10 pitching for a last-place team. However, Seaver bested Carlton on this day. I recall that the Phillies got their only run on a home run, but I do not remember who hit it.

Bob P
April 6, 2003

Ken, thanks to the spectauclar website retrosheet.com, the answer to your question is: Future Mets coach Bill Robinson hit the homer off Seaver.

Agee led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Carlton, and the game went along 1-0 until Robinson came up with one out in the 7th and hit his 6th homer of the season. The Mets regained the lead on an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th when Lute Barnes (there's a name for those of us old enough to remember!) grounded out. Tug came in to pitch get the last two outs for the save.

Carlton allowed 1 earned run and 7 hits, no walks, and struck out 9 in 8 innings. Seaver allowed five hits and two walks, and struck out six for his 19th win of the year.

The game was played in a brisk one hour and fifty three minutes. Those were the days.

Ken Akerman
April 16, 2003

Thanks Bob, for the information. The box scores for 1972 weren't up here the last time I checked this site.

Somehow I recall the Phillies home run because my father took some home movies at the game, and I recall seeing that he recorded the Phillies player hitting the ball over the wall and rounding the bases. I don't think he recorded the Agee home run, probably because the game was starting and we had just gotten into our seats.

It was Fan Appreciation Day because it was the Mets' last home game of the season, and I recall that the Mets gave away ceramic mugs to fans. I remember seeing lots of broken mugs on the concrete floors and ramps at Shea because some people had dropped them. Didn't they have (unbreakable) plastic mugs and cups back then, which would have been better to give away to fans?

According to the box score, the Mets must have scored their second run on a sacrifice fly by Lute Barnes, not a groundout.

April 6, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Stephen Vincent O`Rourke
March 28, 2004
This was one of my favorite games in Met history.....Cleon Jones slammed 2 home runs.....it was Opening Day.....Seaver and McGraw combined on a shutout.....and they defeated the hated Phillies (a very bitter rivalry back then.)! It provided a lot of optimism for the season ahead, and each of the stars of this game played pivotal roles in the incredible pennant run that lay ahead. It was a nervous time in the country (Watergate was beginning to get serious, Vietnam was still ongoing) and the Mets were still dazed by what had happened in 1972, losing Gil Hodges, perhaps the most respected manager at the time, the two week strike which saw regular season games cancelled for the first time. They had a great start in 1972 under Yogi, going 30-10, and of course had begun aquiring some great talent in Staub and Mays....but the Ryan trade would haunt them all year and see Fregosi being traded to Texas in June....for....nobody! But Opening Day planted a seed of hope in this ten year old!

Hank M.
September 15, 2004

I remember this Opening Day game. I had just gotten home from school and the Mets already had a 2-0 lead on Cleon Jones' first home run. Later on in the game, a preview of what was to come took place. I don't remember in which inning it happened, but Rusty Staub made a great catch in right field for the third out. He crashed into the wall and lay flat on his back. After Channel 9 showed a replay of the catch, he was seen running, uninjured, to the dugout.

Rusty would make the same kind of play in Game 4 of that year's National League Championship Series against the Reds. He injured his right shoulder on that one, though, affecting his performance in what would be his only World Series.

Except for the injury, the catch he made on Opening Day was a carbon copy of the one he made in the NLCS. It preserved a shutout for Tom Seaver, but also served as an omen for October.

Peter C
October 4, 2005

I remember being home sick from school with the flu or a bad cold (how convenient) and watching this game. I even made an audio tape of the opening ceremonies and the first inning or two. It's probably around somewhere. Does anyone remember the former P.O.W.s throwing out the first pitch? I have an image of 7 of them throwing balls at Duffy Dyer all at once, but I may be wrong. I also remember a blurb on the screen announcing Ron Bloomberg had become the first DH in Major league history. I occassionally would flip to Channel 11 where the Yankees were getting drubbed in Boston.

Felix the cat
September 7, 2007

If you watch this game and others on the 1973 Met Highlight Film, the Mets get the benefit of around 5 bad calls at first base, and 1 at the plate.

Ron Hodges tagging out Richie Zisk in the ball-off-the-top-of-the-wall play still sends shivers down my spine.

June 18, 1973 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 6
Bob P
August 20, 2004
After winning five in a row at Shea, the Mets start a road trip with this 9-6 loss to the Phillies. The Mets would be swept in this series and go on to lose eleven of their next seventeen games.

Each team scored three runs in the first inning, with the three for New York coming on Rusty Staub's sixth homer of the year. But LHP Ken Brett settled down and pitched a complete game despite giving up six runs.

Brett also helped himself with a sac fly in the second inning and a leadoff homer in the fourth off Ray Sadecki. It was the third consecutive start for Brett where he hit a home run. Ken would also homer in his next start at Montreal on June 23 to make it four straight games with a dinger.

Ken Brett was a terrific hitter (not as good as his brother, of course) who batted .250 in 1973 with five doubles, four homers, 16 RBIs, and a .463 slugging percentage. Brett finished his carrer with a .262 batting average and 18 doubles, 10 homers, and 44 RBIs in just 347 at bats.

June 27, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Bob P
December 21, 2004
In the first game of a doubleheader, the Mets jumped on Phillies starter Barry Lersch with seven runs and nine hits in the bottom of the first inning. The Mets had eight singles and a double, with Ron Hodges and starter George Stone each driving in two runs.

The Mets had just four more hits the rest of the game while letting the Phils get back in it. The Phillies scored two in the second and then three more in the third on a three-run homer by Mike Anderson.

Philadelphia closed the gap to 7-6 with an unearned run in the top of the fifth, but that was all the scoring for the game. Buzz Capra came in to pitch the last four innings, allowing no hits and retiring twelve of the fourteen batters he faced (he walked the other two).

Teddy Martinez went 4-for-4 in the game for the Mets. Teddy had just two four-hit games in his Mets career, and both of them were in 1973, against the Phillies, and in the first game of a doubleheader! Teddy also had a four-hit game for the Dodgers in 1977.

June 28, 1973 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 11, Mets 4
Glenn Don
October 19, 2009
I went this game as a 14-year-old boy with my little brother. It was Senior Citizens Day and my grandparents took us. We have a famous (unflattering) picture that I took that day of my grandmother. My bro was and still is a big Phils fan so he went home happy.

September 3, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Steven from Monroe
October 2, 2001
My first Mets game!!!! A mere 6-year-old at the time. Koosman, one of my favorite pitchers, pitched a gem. I also seem to recall light- hitting infielder Teddy Martinez putting one over the wall! The second game saw Craig Swan's debut, I believe. He did not have his stuff this day, but he turned out to be a pretty good pitcher for the Mets, unfortunately during some of the real lean years. What is Bruce Boisclair up to?

September 3, 1973 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 3
greg
April 28, 2004
This was the second game of a doubleheader and, if I'm not mistaken, it was Craig Swan's major league debut. I was 10 at the time and I remember Swan looking very nervous. I was unhappy because the Mets were starting to play well and were within striking distance of Pittsburgh -- so why were they starting a rookie with stage fright? Yogi would do the same thing with Bob Apodaca in relief against the Pirates later in September -- and that almost backfired too.

Funny how two guys who got their ML debuts for the Mets in the heat of the '73 pennant race ended up becoming quality ML pitchers for them -- even though they started out terribly.

Bob P
April 30, 2004

Yes, it was Swan's major league debut, and unfortunately for Craig, he started it off by loading the bases with nobody out on a single and two walks. Luckily the Phillies got just one run in the top of the first, and in fact, the Mets came back with three in the bottom of the first and hoped that would help Craig settle down.

He didn't. He wound up pitching to 22 batters and 11 of them reached base safely. It could have been a lot worse for Swan if Greg Luzinski hadn't been thrown out stealing (what?!?!?) in the first inning and if LF John Milner hadn't thrown Mike Schmidt out at the plate to end the fourth inning.

One oddity in this game: in the bottom of the third with two outs and runners at first and second, Don Hahn hit a ground ball to the right side and Ron Hodges, the runner at first, was hit by the batted ball for the third out of the inning.

April 6, 1974 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 4
Bob
September 23, 2002
Opening Day, 1974 at the Vet...this was the first sign that 1974 would resemble the first five months of the 1973 season rather than the last month.

The Mets took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th with Tug on the mound. A single and a sac bunt brought the Phils' #8 hitter to the plate, a guy who had hit .196 in his rookie season the year before. The batter hit a 2-run homer and the Phillies won the game, 5-4.

The batter was Mike Schmidt.

Brian
March 2, 2003

The Mets had the lead into the 9th and Tug McGraw gave a home run to Mike Schmidt to lose 4-3. I knew this was a game with bad times ahead for the next 8 or 9 years.

Ken
August 5, 2004

Adding to the overall misery of the day was the constant drizzle, 40 degree temperature, and a grotesque streaker who jumped out of the seats behind first base.

One of Harrelson's hits, however, was a double off the very top of the left field fence in front of the Mets' bullpen (batting righthanded). It was the longest fly ball I ever saw Buddy hit!

Quality Met
May 2, 2010

This game was very disappointing. The Mets had a 9th inning lead and let it get away. Mike Schmidt hit a home run off Tug McGraw to pull one out for the Phillies. It was a tough start to a season that didn't get a whole lot better.

Schmidt's homer was significant in more ways than one. It was the only thing that prevented the Mets from having a perfect record in season opening games in the 1970s. They won their other nine openers during the decade. For Schmidt, it marked the beginning of the first of his seven seasons as the National League home run leader. Also, there was irony in that the next season, Tug and Schmidt would become teammates with the Phils, leading them to a great deal of success over a ten-year span.

More than anything else, though, it was the start of a dismal Mets' season after one that produced a pennant.

June 22, 1974 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 5
Matt Ward
April 8, 2002
This was the first Mets ROAD game I ever attended...well, actually it was the SECOND Mets road game, because this was the second game of a doubleheader and I was at the first game too! As I recall, this was a twi-nighter (remember those!) I remember sitting out in the outfield stands somewhere and looking down at Don Hahn in CF. Towards the end of game two we moved down to the lower level behind home plate on the first base side. Overall though, it was not a very successful night for the Mets. They lost both ends of the twinbill and the undefeated Mets wives softball team lost their first game to the Phillie wives! All part of a disappointing 1974 season.

July 2, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Anthony J
February 23, 2003
I was at that game as a young kid..... I remember that they dedicated a moment of silence before the game to the victims of the tragic club fire in Portchester that killed 24 people. This memory came back to me after hearing about the Rhode Island fire.

July 3, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Hank M.
October 7, 2004
I went to this game with my entire family. All seven of us were at Shea on a hot Wednesday afternoon. Before the game, we were treated to a 2-inning softball game (or was it 3 innings?) played between the wives of the Mets and Phillies players. I remember Angela Jones (Cleon's wife) hitting the ball all the way to the outfield grass in left.

In the regular game, Cleon had a shot of his own - a home run over the 410-foot mark in dead center field! Rusty Staub also homered and Ted Martinez had a run-scoring double.

Harry Parker, who was having a rough season, shut out the Phillies for eight innings. A Dave Cash triple in the ninth led to two runs and Parker's being taken out. He still got a well- deserved win, though.

October 1, 1974 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Ed K
March 14, 2005
This was the game Seaver needed 13 K's to keep his streak of consecutive seasons with 200 strikeouts goings. He did it with one to spare - but lost the game 2-1 anyway, so typical of the Mets offense in the early 1970's.

April 8, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Jon
January 29, 2001
Seaver outduels Carlton on opening day. I went to this game with my dad. It was cloudy. That's about all I remember.

Dennis Black
August 19, 2002

In January 1975 I had met a wonderful girl on a ski trip, and being the romantic that I am, I told her that I would take her to Opening Day at Shea. We went, and Tom Seaver won as usual. We went to six more games that year, and the Mets won them all. I could not let this beautiful woman get away! We were married in September 1978 and are the proud parents of four lovely Met fans.

LenDog
September 9, 2004

Hey Dennis (the poster above me): that may be the best post I've seen on the UMD.

Hey Jon (also a poster above: I too attended this game with my Dad. Can still see Kingman's bomb as it appeared from our upper deck seats. What a drive.

Can also see Torre's basehit to win it in the ninth.

What a great box score - Seaver and Carlton pitching cowboy-style before the days of slavish devotion to pitch counts.

billy a
August 11, 2006

If I'm not mistaken, Joe Torre had the game winning hit in this one, the only good thing he did as a Met.

JFK
April 9, 2011

The first Met game I ever went to see. It was cold. I got into trouble next day in school because I skipped school to go to the game.

April 14, 1975 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 3
Ed K
September 4, 2002
My last visit to the Vet to see the Mets play before I graduated from college in Philly and returned home to the Metropolitan area. And the Mets lost, unfortunately. But what I most remember is looking at the scorecard and seeing one or two Met rookies were younger than me. That made me feel really old for the first time. It wasn't until Dave Winfield retired over two decades later that every major leaguer was younger than me

June 28, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Theresa Casey
October 14, 2004
My husband was at this game (6/28/75) and I am attempting to get a copy of the news article which featured him streaking in his wilder more crazy days. I thought it would be a nice Christmas present since the original article from the Daily News is quite faded.

June 29, 1975 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 6
J
April 17, 2012
I believe this was Tug's first appearance at Shea after the Mets let him go. So sad. I remember after the first inning he pitched he mistakenly took two or three steps towards the Mets dugout before realizing his mistake and turning back toward the Phillies dugout. So sad.

June 29, 1975 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 3
Ken Akerman
May 26, 2004
I attended this doubleheader as part of a trip with my Boy Scout troup. What I remembered the most about these games was that Tug McGraw, who had been traded by the Mets to the Phillies during the off-season, made his first appearances for the Phillies against the Mets at Shea Stadium. Tug had been one of the Mets' most popular players when he was with the Mets, so he received a warm reception from the fans when he made his first Phillies appearance at Shea Stadium.

Tug must have been relishing his first chance to pitch against his former team in their home ballpark. In the first game, Tug pitched three innings to earn a save, and in the second game he pitched four innings to earn the win in extra innings. During the day, Tug gave up no runs and one hits in seven innings, earning a win and a save. Tug earned a measure of revenge against his former team in front of their home fans that day. Clearly, there have been few relief pitchers who had a better single day of relief work than Tug did that day.

September 20, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 7
Shad Stanleigh
July 13, 2002
This is the first game I ever attended in person, at age 9. My dad (who was and still is indifferent to baseball) nevertheless took me to abide my screeching wishes. We sat in Section 13 (how apropos) in the mezzanine section. I believe Schmidt and Luzinski went back-to-back for the Phils, and Rusty Staub homered for the Mets. Tug McGraw pitched for the Phils in relief at one point. I remember the game dragging back and forth as I breathlessly followed it like it was game 7 of the World Series. Finally Ron Hodges sailed one into the right field bullpen in the bottom of the 11th. I remember hugging my dad for dear life as I looked down as the sphere sailed toward Pignatano's veggie garden. How sad it is that before long I'll have to remember the last game I went to...since if they strike, I will have been to my last game.

James White
August 26, 2002

This was the first baseball game I ever attended. My Uncle brought me, and I remember Rusty Staub went 5 for 5 with a HR. And I remember Schmidt & Luzinski going back to back. And of course Ron Hodges hit a 2-run HR to win the game in 11 innings. I remeber throwing paper air planes on the field.

Shad Stanleigh
January 27, 2004

As of the night I write this, my dad who took me to this game will have been gone from us for exactly one year. If there was one personality he loved about baseball, it was that of Tug McGraw (who, as mentioned above, pitched for the Phils in this one) - and he's gone as well.

Missing you still, dad -- and Tug. Now, and ever.

Peter C.
October 2, 2005

Strangely, the thing I remember most about this game is not how entertaining,albeit meaningless a game it was, but rather that Mason Reese, that little redheaded kid who used to hawk Underwood sandwich spread in tv ads of the time threw out the first pitch. Maybe not so much that he threw out the pitch, but rather that a couple of innings into the game he and his mother wound up seated right behind my Grandfather and myself in the mezzanine reserve section. Our seats were ok but not great, certainly not where you would expect a guest of the club given that honor to be seated. Anyway, I remember him signing his name for a long line of autograph seekers for an innng or two before his mother asked security to disperse the crowd.

September 21, 1975 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 2
Charlie JoJo
November 26, 2002
This was the 1st Mets game I ever attended. It was Fan Appreciation Day and I got a nice little Mets bag that I still have somewhere. I particularly remember 1) how dead the Mets offense was that day and 2) how I had to seriously go take a leak from the 3rd inning onwards. I was only 7 years old and at the game with a friend and his dad, so I kept my mouth shut about my beckoning tinkle urge.

The game was going by pretty fast though, and as the bottom of the 9th approached, with the Mets hopelessly down 4-0, my friend's dad said "Let's leave early and beat the crowd to the subway. Anyone need to go to the bathroom?" WHEW!

As we left the restroom and made our way down from our nosebleed level, we heard a tremendous roar. We rushed back through a tunnel to the stands, maybe it was the loge or mezzanine level, to find the fans on their feet celebrating. "What happened, what happened?" we asked. "Hodges hit a home run!" somebody replied. I remember my friend saying "We miss the only excitement in the whole game because we went to the bathroom."

It seemed terrible then to have missed a homer, but little did I realize this would be just the first of a mountain of disappointments to come in being a Mets fan.

LenDog
July 4, 2004

I attended this game with my best friend. What an eventful day.

We met Dave Cash's mom and chatted with her for a while. Really nice lady.

I dropped a foul ball hit to me by Ed Kranepool. It was a high popup, a spinner, and it spun out of my hands. Some kid got my easy bounce and my hand hurt for a week.

Thank God for second chances: caught a foul ball in Oakland, 16 or 18 years later, despite a ferocious beer buzz. Tumbled into the row behind me and got a nice ovation. I still have the ball.

I remember the Ron Hodges HR - a high drive cutting through the rain.

Finally, my friend and I missed Roy Staiger's only MLB triple in his career because we were in the food line.

Peter C.
September 27, 2005

I remember it was fan appreciation day. Also a very dreary day weather wise.

When the game ended there was message on the scoreboard saying thank you to the fans and wishing the Jets AND Giants good luck. The Giants played their 1975 home games at Shea, a few of them on Saturday afternoons because of conflicts with the Jets schedule.

Also, the Yankees were completing their second season in Flushing. The Shea field certainly got a workout that year.

Jimmy
December 8, 2006

This was not my first time at Shea but it was the first I had watched the Mets at Shea. Before 1975 I had no interest and I have no memories of being at Shea except at being at a bar with my dad and him talking about Willie Mays. My dad put me in little league and despite the fact I was inept on the field I fell in love with baseball and the Mets.

I wanted so bad to go to a game at Shea. I had a chance earlier in the year to see Old Timer's Game but my dad only had two tickets and I lost a game of Bingo to my brother.

I don't remember much about the game except the Phillies beat the Mets 4-2 and I got a little cooler that I had until the 80's. (Actually I think the one that lasted until the 80's was my Dad's and the one I had was lost much earlier than that.)

I have been thinking about this game; I recently purchased on eBay a filled out program for this game (not received yet) and it was interesting reading the box score of the game on this awesome site just now.

rht
June 11, 2007

I attended this day game with my Dad. We were situated in the nose-bleed seats right over the right field wall by the foul pole. I was a little dizzy from the height. But we had a perfect view of Ron Hodges ninth-inning two-run home run since it landed right below us. Hodges had hit a game-winning extra-inning home run the previous day. He seemed red-hot at the time.

May 27, 1976 Veterans Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2
rht
August 7, 2007
I watched this on TV. I think the game had been delayed because of rain as there were puddles in the outfield.

Wayne Garret comes up in the top of the ninth with two outs, the bases loaded, and down by one and strokes a two-strike pitch off of Tug McGraw for a bases-clearing triple in the gap. Roy Staiger follows with an RBI double to polish off the inning. I think this was the first time Tug blew a save against the Mets.

July 30, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
BILLY
January 11, 2005
The only thing that really impressed us was Johnny Oates. I was 11 and my brother was 9. We were sitting on the Phillies side getting autographs. Johnny came over, signed our Mets yearbooks, talked to us. He let us try on his catcher's mitt. That was the coolest. God bless you, Johnny Oates. A little thing like that left a great memory.

July 31, 1976 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Tim Keller
October 4, 2002
I was 11 years old and attended this game. I remember Milner's home run was just inside the right field foul pole in the first. I also remember that after Tug McGraw finished his first inning of relief he started to walk toward the Mets dugout instead of the Phillies. The media made a big deal about it.

August 1, 1976 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 6
Jim K
October 23, 2008
This was Banner Day at Shea! My friends and I made a banner saying how great Dave Kingman was (I was nine and naive). The first game went into extra innings and we had to wait for what felt like eternity to get on the field. As we were parading, some one asked us for our number. I thought we were going to win a prize. The man took our number, handed it to another man, who handed it to someone else who subsequently threw it in the trash with the rest of the losers. We then walked through the Mets bullpen (saw Bob Apodaca up close) and through the tunnel connecting the dugout and the bullpen, Jerry Grote ran past me, prompting me to yell "Hey Jerry!" raising my hand for a High Five (if that's what they called it then). With eyes fixed straight ahead, he kept running, leaving my high five suspended in mid air. Mets were swept in the double header, but that didn't matter. I was on the field.

September 3, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Friz
October 22, 2000
This was my first Mets game. I believe it was Seaver beating Carlton. Can someone out there confirm? Thanks.

Bob P
May 27, 2003

Friz, if you are still reading this board, I can confirm that at your first Mets game Seaver beat Carlton, 1-0. The Mets scored the only run of the game in the 4th inning on an RBI single by the legendary Roy Staiger. Seaver pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 8, and allowed just one hit after the third inning. Carlton wasn't too shabby either: he allowed five hits and struck out six in six innings. The only reason he came out so early was that the Phils had first and third and two out in the top of the seventh, and Danny Ozark sent up Seaver's nemesis, Tommy Hutton, to bat for Carlton. Seaver struck him out.

Mr. Roboto
August 14, 2011

Bob P., you forgot to mention the most important thing about Seaver's strikeout of Hutton in the seventh. It was Tom's 200th of the year, giving him that total for nine consecutive seasons.

September 5, 1976 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 1
Bob P
January 31, 2004
The Phils won this Labor Day weekend game thanks to Larry Christenson, who gave up hits to the first three Mets batters in the game then settled down to allow just five more hits. He also hit two home runs in the game. Christenson finished his career with 11 home runs.

October 1, 1976 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Karmine
December 13, 2010
If Kooz would have won this game he would've had more wins than Randy Jones and thus Kooz would've won the 1976 Cy Young Award, not Jones.

May 28, 1977 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 2
ian
January 4, 2010
Crushing defeat - Richie Hebner's 2 run HR sends everyone home. They didn't call them walkoffs back then.

June 5, 1977 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Pete Caldera
November 16, 2004
This is why this site is so amazing. I recalled going to this DH as an 11 year old, and the only thing I really remembered was that the Mets swept, despite Tim McCarver hitting a pinch-hit solo homer to tie the opener in the ninth inning.

Herman
January 30, 2013

Torre had just been named manager. Sunday doubleheader was with the first place Phils. Even though the Mets won both games and the fans were hoping that this Met team could build on these wins, you could see and feel that my hero's from 1969 had grown old. Even at 17 years old, I knew that this team was heading in the wrong direction because baseball had changed. Free agency had been born in 1977 and Donald Grant was wrong. Seaver was gone 10 days later.

(Long live The little Blue and Orange Machine.)

June 29, 1977 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Eric
May 4, 2007
This was the first game I ever attended. I was an 8 yr old Mets fanatic. I would get up extra early in the morning just to read the yearbook and look at the pics and imagine what it would be like to play for the Mets.

Anyway, because of transportation issues, my father and I arrived in around the 2nd or 3rd inning. We had tremendous seats - 1st row 3b, right behind Lenny Randle. AMAZIN'.

My most glaring receollections are as follows:

There was a drunk guy sitting next to us verbally abusing Greg Luzinski. Ever time THE BULL ran by, the guy would heckle him. Luzinski had to be restrained from coming into the seats.

2nd: Bob Boone hit a home run late in the game. It was a shot to center. Mazzilli had just come in the game. He was my favorite Met at the time. Anyway, Mazzilli leaped up to try to catch the ball, but somehow his glove came off and fell over the cf fence. I kept bugging my dad to please, let's go, I think I can reach his glove. It's probably in the parking lot.

As with most people, my first game was a day (evening) I'll never forget. The Mets were horrible those years. It didn't matter. I was at REAL game, I was with my dad and life couldn't be better.

July 4, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Joe Konopacki
June 13, 2002
This was the first grand slam I ever saw the Mets hit. Lee Mazzilli hit one in the bottom of the 8th on a 3-2 pitch. I was 9.

Tim Cronin
June 28, 2005

It was a very chilly night for July 4. It was a twi-night double-header, my Uncle Pete and I (he who gave me the gift of being a Mets fan) attended the game together. We sat in out usual seats, Section 3, mezzanine, behind the plate. I bet you they cost no more than seven bucks at the time.

I remember the first game vividly. The Mets loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and the count went to 3-0 on Mazzilli. I remember turning to my Uncle and saying, "C'mon Maz, just take a pitch here." I'm cloudy as to if it was the 3-0 pitch he pulled out to Rightfield, but I am quite sure it was on a 3 ball count. It was always so vital to the psyche, to win the first game of a doubleheader. I can still see Lee Mazzilli with his fist up in the air as he circled the bases.

The second game the Mets lost late 3-2, and once again if memory serves correctly, none other than Tim McCarver had a big hit; I want to say a two run homer that was the difference in that game.

There were no fireworks after the game, I don't think the Grucci tradition had stsrted yet and or they had the fireworks on a different night.

Bob P
July 8, 2005

Tim Cronin, the earlier memory of this game by Jim Konopacki is correct. It was actually the bottom of the eighth when Mazz hit the grand slam.

As for game two, it was Jose Cardenal--pinch hitting for Bud Harrelson--who hit a 2-run homer in the top of the ninth off Craig Swan to give the Phils the split.

Christopher Hagee
October 23, 2008

My most notable memory of the first game of this July 4 (Independence Day) twi-night DH in the 1978 season was at its outset when a lady named Kathy Krems sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the outset, and boy, did she sing a high note late in the performance. She would also sing the "S.S.B." at the outset of the 1st game of the N.L.C.S. between the Astros and Phillies in Philadelphia at the conclusion of the 1980 season as she also delivered that same high note late in that performance. The Phillies would would that nail-biting N.L.C.S. 3 games to 2 and would go on the beat the Royals 4 games to 2 in the 77th World Series to become Major Leasgue Baseball's world champions for that 1980 season.

July 31, 1978 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 1
Roger
April 15, 2008
I remember this game was featured on ABC's Monday Night Baseball with Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson calling the game. Seemed so weird to see the Mets featured in a nationally televised game during those days. Another night another loss but at 12 years old I remained ever faithful.

September 24, 1978 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 2
George R. Zanata
January 2, 2005
This was the first baseball game my dad took me to when I was nine years old. I still have the ticket stub in a photo album. We were up in the loge section, and all the pics I took show the Mets and Phils as different colored ants. Bake McBride hit a lead off homer and I spent the remainder of the game watching the scoreboard and looking for the WOR-TV cameras.

George R. Zanata
January 10, 2005

This was the first baseball game my dad took me to when I was nine years old. I still have the ticket stub in a photo album. We were up in the loge section, and all the pics I took show the Mets and Phils as different colored ants. Bake McBride hit a lead off homer and I spent the remainder of the game watching the scoreboard and looking for the WOR-TV cameras.

April 12, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Ron
February 15, 2011
Listened to this game on the car radio as our family was driving thru CT on the first day of Easter break. Chapman -- my new favorite player -- contributed a sac fly and a triple. Unfortunately, he then went into a 19 AB swoon and never became a regular again.

April 15, 1979 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
Kiwiwriter
October 25, 2004
I will never forget this game. It was the one where Richie Hebner was thrown out at the plate, and argued with the umpire. He was ejected.

So he tossed dirt all over home plate and stumped off to the dugout. Joel Youngblood came in from right field to play third base, and Bruce Boisclair (Andrew and I always called him Bruce Boys-clare) jogged out to play right field. The Mets lost anyway.

I guess Hebner was happy to get the game off.

April 15, 1979 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 3
AP from Queens
May 8, 2003
This was an Easter Sunday DH. My friend and I took the bus and walked over the Roosevelt Ave. Bridge as usual. In the upper deck a Phillies fan named Howie started talking to us. And he never stopped talking for 2 games. He was nuts but knew a lot about the Philly sports scene. He did a great Harry Kalas imitation. He really entertained us. We always looked for him again but never met up "Howie Phillie" again.

This was "Pete Rose Day" They gave out pictures of his record breaking hitting streak swing from the prior year at Shea.

This time the disgraced Rose was taunted by the Shea crowd. Most of the pictures got torn up and scattered on the field. There were loud chants of "Pete Rose Sucks"!!.

john m
August 20, 2004

Easter Sunday. Cold drizzle through the whole doubleheader - Phillies in control the whole day. My brother and a friend of ours sat in the upper deck freezing until the last inning - naturally we missed 3 run homers by Schmidt and Mazzilli...also missed Easter Sunday dinner with the family, who forgave me. My friend I believe caught whoopass bronchitis or pneumonia and missed the next week of school - I think he also forgave me...don't know what happened to the Rose photos - but honoring an opposing player (a mere 6 years after he fisted Bud in the playoffs) while his team is sweeping a doubleheader, well, that just typified the late 70s era

neil w
April 18, 2013

My Dad, sister and I attended the double header. After the miserable conditions, Dad and I were ready to leave, but my sister insisted we stay until they announced the winner of the 60-pound Fanny Farmer chocolate bunny rabbit. Dad and I were not happy, but we stayed. Lo and behold my sister won that rabbit! Mom was watching the game and couldn't believe when she heard my sister's name called. Mom partitioned off that rabbit for my entire freshman year of baseball! Needless to say, we didn't stick around for the second game. We had to get the bunny home.

April 21, 1979 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 0
Kiwiwriter
November 16, 2004
Having watched most of the first game of this doubleheader while relaxing in the whirlpool, a refreshed Richie Hebner started game two. He got a huge ovation for his "toughness" before his first atbat, and a huge round of boos after going 0-for-3.

He should have stood in bed.

August 2, 1979 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 4
David Weidenbaum
August 6, 2004
This was my first baseball game. I was 8 years old and devoured every moment.

Tim Ramsdell
October 13, 2005

I remember listening to this game on the radio and hearing Bob Murphy tell the listeners that Thurman Munson had been killed that day. A few minutes later they posted it on the scoreboard. Murph described how the next Met batter, Lee Mazzilli, turned back towards the dugout to gain his composure, and Pete Rose turned around and stared up at the message on the scoreboard in disbelief. I'll never forget that.

Bill
October 27, 2008

I just turned 13 and had sent away enough Dairylea milk red caps (4 points) and cut out half gallons (2 points) so that I could see the Mets and Phillies at Shea. Game was not originally a doubleheader, so I was thrilled that this became a 5:35 p.m. twin-bill. Awesome. Unfortunately, that would be the day Thurman Munson was killed.

As Lee Mazzilli stepped to the plate I remember that the letters on the "Big" scoreboard were slowly coming up stating something about All-Star Yankee catcher... Thurman Munson.. was killed in a plane crash in Ohio... I remember thinking what the heck was he doing in Ohio? Wow. I mean I hated the Yankees and really disliked the arrogant Munson but the silence and shock was real. I remember that Mazzilli stepped out of the box to sort of catch his breath.

The game continued and Greg Luzinski pounded a HR and the Phillies won the first game. Dan Norman, the overrated prospect we received for Seaver, hit a HR for the Mets. Maybe the only good thing he ever did for us. The second game was delayed by rain but the Mets mercifully won that game. Unfortunately, I didn't see a lot of the second game because of the rain delays since I was due home, baseball or no baseball.

August 2, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Lou Pons
April 28, 2006
I'm a Yankee fan, but my best friend was a diehard Mets fan. He told me he attended this game, and witnessed a stunned silence as the scoreboard posted news about the death of Thurman Munson on the giant scoreboard.

April 22, 1980 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 14, Mets 8
John
April 15, 2004
I'm actually a Phillies fan and I stumbled across this site through a link from a discussion board while talking about the Bo Diaz grand slam game from 1983. Since this game was one of the most memorable from my youth I decided to share, though considering it's coming from a Phils fan perspective I'm hoping it won't offend anyone.

I was 12 years old when I attended this game at the Vet with my dad. As luck would have it, we ended up sitting right in front of 2 Mets fans who had made the trip down for the game. The Mets exploded for 6 runs very early and by the 4th inning were ahead 8-3. I remember feeling about as low as possible about the game and in my ears was the constant chatter of the Mets fans behind us. "See, that's why the Phillies always choke. They have no pitching. They have a fat leftfielder. Their third baseman is overrated" and so on and so on.

When the Phils scored 4 in the fifth to tie the game at 8 they had basically quieted down other than the occasional derisive comment about the Mets bullpen. Keith Moreland put the Phils in front 10-8 with a pinch hit 2 run double in the 8th and later that same inning Mike Schmidt, the overrated third baseman, iced the game with a grand slam, his second homer of the game.

As that homer cleared the fence our Met fan friends were up and on their way to the tunnel and my dad and I only stopped screaming at the top of our lungs long enough to wish them a nice trip home. Times like that are what makes you love sports. Again, great site and thanks for letting me share my memory.

April 23, 1980 Veterans Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Bob P
July 12, 2006
Mark Bomback picked up his first major league win in this game. It was his first start for the Mets and his second major league start overall (he had started one game in September 1979 for the Brewers). Mark had also relieved in three games for the Mets before making this start.

Bomback allowed one run and eight hits over seven innings at the Vet against the soon-to-be World Champion Phillies. Mike Schmidt had two hits and a walk off Bomback.

The Phils had two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth with Ed Glynn on the mound for New York but then Garry Maddox doubled and Schmidt walked. Jeff Reardon came in to try to get the save but first he walked Greg Luzinski to load the bases. The Phillies had no bench players left so they sent up pitcher Randy Lerch to bat for pitcher Dickie Noles. Lerch at that point in his career had a lifetime average of .199 with nine doubles and four home runs in less than 200 at bats. But Reardon struck him out and the Mets, despite being outhit 12-7, won the game, 3-2.

April 30, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Bob P
June 14, 2004
In his third major league start--and second for the Mets--Mark Bomback pitched a two-hit shutout against the eventual World Champion Phillies. It was the only shutout of Bomback's career.

Mike Schmidt had a leadoff single in the second for the Phils, and Garry Maddox had a leadoff single in the seventh. Bomback also walked six batters in the game.

Randy Lerch gave up just one run and four hits in seven innings but was tagged with the loss. Dan Norman had an RBI single in the fourth, and the second Mets run scored on a Larry Bowa error in the eighth.

May 1, 1980 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Steve G.
August 7, 2007
Pete Falcone struck out the first six batters in this game, which tied a major league record at the time. He handled the Phillies' big hitters with ease, but lost on a home run by light-hitting Luis Aguayo.

Paul
February 17, 2010

I was at this game, and I remember Aguayo's home run. It barely made it over the left field fence. Dan Norman leaped but he couldn't catch it.

August 14, 1980 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 1
Vinnie B.
January 29, 2001
I remember this year well, I thought the Mets had finally turned the corner, they came into the game with a 56 - 57 record. The Phillies demolished the Mets and the team was'nt the same all year, finishing 11 - 38.

Vinnie B.
January 29, 2001

I remember this year well, I thought the Mets had finally turned the corner, they came into the game with a 56 - 57 record. The Phillies demolished the Mets and the team was'nt the same all year, finishing 11 - 38.

Keith
August 31, 2011

My first Mets game ever. I got Bob Apodaca's autograph.

August 15, 1980 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 0
Mets Win
December 25, 2001
We went to this game for Marc's 12th birthday with Matthew Hershkowitz, he now lives in FLA. Manny Trillo hit a HR and it took a long time to get out of parking lot that night.

August 17, 1980 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 4
Andy from Rego Park
March 30, 2002
After flirting with .500 and maybe even competitiveness if not actual contention for most of the season, the Mets drop both ends of a double-header to the Phillies capping a five game sweep. I was there, in the upper deck with my pal Eddie, where we drowned our sorrows in a box full of Twinkies. The magic was gone.

August 17, 1980 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 1
Doug Brogowski
October 19, 2009
After staying within 1 game of .500 into mid- August and still within striking distance, they got clobbered 5 straight by the eventual champs, the Phillies, thereby putting the nails into their coffin and ending any hope they had for 1980. But after 3 miserable seasons in the late 70s, this stretch during June through mid-August under new ownership was a glimmer of hope for the future.

May 25, 1981 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Brian
March 6, 2002
God, I remember this game well. It was memorial day, 1981. I was 8. I remember Kong hitting a grand slam and the Mets jumping out early. I remember the 13-3 final. It was the first time I was really aware of what was going on at a baseball game. The sights, sounds, the scoreboard, and yes, the Grand Slam, all made for a great afternoon at Shea.

Dino De Angelis
April 16, 2002

Not only was it a great Memorial day win for the Mets with a Dave Kingman grand slam, but while sitting on the first base side in the mezzanine, I caught my first (and only) foul ball. It was off the bat of future hall-of-famer Mike Schmidt.

Mel
August 7, 2007

My son, Neil, was born near the end of the game on May 25, 1981. I was watching the game with the delivering doctor in the doctor waiting room in the maternity ward. The doctor tried to delay the delivery until the end of the game, but finally had to do it during the 7th inning sretch. I guess Neil, an avid Mets fan, wanted to watch the Mets win in person.

Shickhaus Franks
August 18, 2011

Watched the game in my family's apartment on a black and white tv (we didn't have the money for a color set) on a sunny Memorial Day off from school as we ordered pizza and watched Kingman hit a grand salami off the defending world champions.

August 14, 1981 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 4
Bob P
July 5, 2004
Mike Schmidt's third inning home run off Mike Scott was the 300th of Schmidt's career. Schmidt wound up hitting 31 homers and driving in 91 runs in just 102 games in the strike shortened 1981 season. At that pace he would have finished with close to 50 homers and 150 RBIs had the season been 162 games long.

Schmidt also led the league in runs scored, walks, on base percentage, and slugging percentage as he won his second straight MVP award.

April 8, 1982 Veterans Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Joe From Jersey
December 26, 2005
This was supposed to be a 3-game opening series but because of the freak April blizzard that hit the Northeast and Midwest; it became a one-game series and the temperature that Holy Thursday Afternoon at the Vet was more fitting for Christmas Caroling than playing the Summer Game. The game was on Ch. 9 and I stayed home from school to watch the game. Because Mother Nature threw a curveball at us, we had to make up the games in late June henceforth the lost weekend when the Phillies swept a 5-game series from us and turned a promising season into a train wreck.

Gets by Buckner
December 6, 2010

I remember watching this game before I went to a Rangers/Flyers playoff game at the Garden. I remember one of the ushers there was excited that the Mets won.

April 13, 1982 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Dan
August 16, 2000
The home opener. George Foster's debut in NYC. Joining forces with Kong and Rusty. There was real excitement in the stadium. It drizzled the whole day. The game wasn't very memorable. I'm shocked to see that Randy Jones actually WON a game while with the Mets!

Jimmy
October 20, 2008

This was a memorable sports day. Not only was it my first time attending a home opener. The same night, I am glued to the radio (no cable) as my 2-time Stanley Cup Champions narrowly avoid first round elimination to the Penguins, thanks to the heroics of John Tonneli.

April 15, 1982 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 4
Bob P
June 14, 2004
After the Mets scored in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3, Charlie Puleo gave up the go-ahead run in the twelfth. But a John Stearns double, an infield out, and a Sid Monge wild pitch gave the Mets new life in the bottom of the twelfth.

Unfortunately, Puleo ran out of gas in the thirteenth and loaded the bases with one out. A force play got the lead run home and then Luis Aguayo put the game out of reach with a three-run homer.

June 25, 1982 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 1, Mets 0
Don L
November 11, 2003
The start of a series the Phillies were calling "Challenge Weekend", featuring 2 doubleheaders, 5 games in all. Pete Falcone pitches great but walks Bill Robinson with the bases loaded in the Phillies' final turn at bat in the first game to lose 1-0, and the overmatched Mets go on to lose all 5 games of the series. Veterans Stadium was always a house of horrors for the Mets, and this weekend may have been right at the top of the list.

June 26, 1982 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 4
Professor G
July 8, 2005
This was awful. I remember being completely sick with a virus, in misery on the couch watching the equally ill Mets lose five games in 48 hours to the Phillies, which effectively wrecked our season. Closer Neil Allen hurt himself afterwards and it was all downhill from here.

October 1, 1982 Veterans Stadium
Mets 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Frank B
December 18, 2008
I am stunned that no one commented on this game. This is Terry Leach's finest moment. He pitched subpar all year that year but showed us how good he can pitch by pitching a 10 inning 1 hitter. This may never be done again the way baseball is currently. Pete Rose called Terry Leach one of the toughest pitchers he has ever faced and we gave him away twice.

April 5, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wild Dave
July 14, 2000
I used to go to the Mets home opener every year. In 1983, there were some ominous weather forecasts, but on the morning of the game the sky was bright blue over Manhattan. I was very relieved, because this was an Opening Day that I was especially looking forward to. It was the day that Tom Seaver returned to the Mets after 5˝ years in Cincinnati.

It was a duel of future Hall of Famers. Steve Carlton was pitching for the Phillies. And Pete Rose was in the starting lineup for the Phils as well. I remember when Seaver came in from the bullpen to start the game, the crowd was going absolutely wild. I had field level seats on the first base side, and Seaver jogged right past me. He didn't acknowledge the crowd. He was focused, as he always was, on the game ahead of him. He didn't give up a run in the game, but he was no longer in the game when the winning run scored, so a then-obscure pitcher named Doug Sisk ended up getting the win. It was a great day at Shea. Too bad Seaver's return only lasted one season.

Don Jerue
September 11, 2002

I remember being a senior in high school and my friend, Eric and I cut class and went to the game. We had to buy general admission tickets and sat in the upper deck. I still remember the huge Welcome Home, Tom! banner. What a great day!

Russ E
March 25, 2003

This was Tom Seaver's return to the Mets. I was in the Mezzanine level out in left field. When Seaver walked from the bullpen to the dugout through rightfield after warming up, the stadium erupted like I had never heard before. That moment is in my top three Mets moments. Then.. when he struck out Pete Rose to start the game...you just had to be there.

Don L
November 10, 2003

What a glorious day. The weather was beautiful and it was a chance for all of us to feel like kids again having Tom Seaver start on Opening Day. And no movie could have had a better script than to have Seaver fan Rose (swinging) to start the game.

Joe P.
November 18, 2004

Just a young teen at the time, I was sitting down the right field line in pretty good seats. Neil Allen threw a batting practice ball to us in the stands, and my friend James caught it. When Seaver walked in from the bullpen, we went wild. Great day for baseball, and a Mets win. What a game to be at for a kid- Seaver's return, Carlton going for the Phils, and numerous 'Rose Sucks' chants from the crowd in the honor of Buddy H.

Anthony las vegas via Ozone Park
July 12, 2005

I was at the game and remember Seaver walking from the pen to the dugout and the crowd going wild and the "Rose Blows" chants. I also recall Mike Schmidt getting hurt running to first that afternoon.

Tom Quinn
June 3, 2008

The Franchise came home at last!! I was way out in right in the field boxes. When Seaver walked in from the bullpen it sent chills up my spine. The place went nuts, obviously, and no one felt the cold. The only topper would have been for Seaver to get the W, which went to Dangerous Doug Sisk instead (although, to be fair, Mr. Sisk had not yet earned the wrath of the Shea faithful and pitched well for two years).

April 7, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Jimmy
December 13, 2006
My friend Darren and I attended this game. We paid general admission, only $2.00 if memory serves me right.

John L.
October 6, 2007

My friend Lenny and I went to John Adams H.S. in Queens, we bought field box tickets from a classmate that couldn't go to the game. Lenny and I cut class and hopped the E and 7 trains to Shea. I remember Danny Heep hitting a home run and thinking this guy may be a steal for the Mets. We dealt them the dime a dozen Mike Scott. Little did we know.

April 13, 1983 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 9
rob sayegh
November 24, 2001
I will never forget this game. I didn't have cable TV back then. I was 13 years old listening on an old crummy radio 1050 WHN New York Mets country. I went to bed at 10 pm because I had school the next day. The Mets were up 9-3 then next day when I snuck out of St. Luke's School on lunch time to buy my onion rings snacks at the corner store I will never forget the back page of the New York Post "Disaster in Philly." I was shocked stunned and in disbelief even at that young age, a sign of things to come.

Marcus
March 17, 2002

This was an unforgettable game for me as well. I too, was 13 and listening on the radio, except I stayed up until the bitter end.

For some reason my favorite Mets have always been the unsung utility players. Imagine my delirium when Bob Bailor hit a rare home run, followed by Kingman going deep! Of course Neil Allen blew it, giving up a grand slam to Bo Diaz in the ninth.

Eight years later I was an aspiring sportscaster at Syracuse University and the manager of the Syracuse Chiefs (Toronto AAA) was none other than Bob Bailor. I was doing a feature on the team, but at the end couldn't resist asking him about the game. I brought it up by saying something like "I don't know if you remember this game against the Phillies, you and Kingman--" when he blurted out "BO DIAZ!" Guess a lot of folks remember this one.

Joe Santoro
May 19, 2002

This game will probably be remembered by many New York Mets fans as the worst loss in Mets history. It could easily be compared to the 1978 Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants football game , a.k.a. "THE FUMBLE". But Neil Allen, blowing a 3 run lead in the 9th, set the stage for one of the greatest trades in Mets history. Can you guess?

That's right! Keith Hernandez was acquired a two months later for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. Just think, if Neil Allen never gave up that grand slam to Bo Diaz, who knows! Thanks Neil!

richard baker
March 25, 2005

I remember this game like it was only yesterday. I was there that day in Philly, sitting in the right field area where the bullpen is. Almost caught Kingman's home run ball; it fell only inches short of my outstreched arms. Bob Bailor hit one right before Kingman's in the same area. Mike Schmidt hammered one way over my head into the lower deck.

I myself take blame for this loss and I'll tell you why: it was about the 7th inning and Neil Allen starts to throw in the Mets bullpen. So I am sitting right over the area where the bullpen is. I start yelling to Neil to throw the ball up. "Hey Neil, throw the ball up!" I kept yelling this at him for like twenty minutes; I wanted him to look up and throw the ball to me. "Hey Neil, throw the ball up! Throw it up!

Then he gets in the game and gives up grand slam to Bo Diaz. A Philly fan runs up to me and says, "Yeah, dude, he threw the ball up as in grand-slam!"

I will never forget this game as long as I live.

June 26, 1983 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 4
Bob P
September 15, 2004
In the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Shea, Rusty Staub leads off the ninth inning batting for Junior Ortiz and singles to center. It is Staub's eighth straight base hit as a pinch- hitter...a streak that negan June 11 against Montreal.

That streak tied Dave Philley for the all-time record. Philley actually had nine stright pinch hits but the first eight were at the end of the 1958 season and the ninth was on Opening Day of 1959.

July 2, 1983 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 5
Don Jerue
September 10, 2002
I attend this game with my buddy Eric. This was a twi-night and we drove from my Grandmother's house, where we spending the weekend. I clearly remember the Mets rallying to tie the game at 5, only to lose in bottom of ninth on a botched rundown play after Bob Dernier led off with a triple and the Phils tried to squeeze. Junior Ortiz or Ron Hodges threw the ball over Hubie Brooks' head.

Bob P
May 26, 2004

The Mets lost game one of theis doubleheader when Bob Dernier led off the ninth with a single, went to second on a sac bunt by Pete Rose, and then with two outs after Mike Schmidt was intentionally walked, Schmidt was caught off first base. But Keith Hernandez threw the ball away trying to get Dernier and the Phillies won it, 6-5.

Doug Brogowski
April 1, 2008

Also in this game, Dave Kingman, who all but disappeared and became just an occasional pinch-hitter once the Mets got Keith Hernandez in June, hit a pinch 2-run homer late in the game. It was his last home run as a Met. He would barely play the rest of the season.

September 6, 1983 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 0
Jon
March 28, 2002
Ron Darling's major league debut. He gave up only one run on a walk, groundout and two balks!

george
September 8, 2006

I went to this game because I had heard about Ronnie. There was maybe 5000 fans there and he didn't pitch a bad game.

September 13, 1983 Veterans Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Anthony Ventarola
August 20, 2004
Mike Fitzgerald got his first major league home run off Tony Ghelfi. I remember watching and thinking what hopes we had for him. And it kinda worked out, since he was part of the Gary Carter package.

April 27, 1984 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 3
Professor G
June 10, 2005
If memory serves me right, this was the night I was at Shea when Dick Tidrow received a standing ovation - for throwing a strike after two consecutive four-pitch walks.

April 29, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Dave Shaw
June 10, 2002
It was "Strawberry Sunday." I was at this game with my step-son. Darryl received his Rookie of the Year award and the Phillies made about 6 errors.

Brian
May 16, 2003

This game marked Jerry Koosman's return to the mound at Shea Stadium for the first time since 1978. The crowd went nuts at his introduction, but the Mets beat the 42-year old southpaw.

Larry
April 3, 2008

It was Strawberry Sunday and Darryl thanked 'my 25 teammates' which I thought was funny because he had just 24.

The New York Post compared Walt Terrell's stats to Tom Seaver's after this game thinking that Walt was an ace after his 3-1 start.

September 17, 1984 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Bob P
February 4, 2004
Dwight Gooden struck out 16 batters in this game giving him 32 strikeouts in his last two starts, tying a major league record. It was also his fifth consecutive start with ten or more strikeouts.

Unfortunately Doc lost this game when he gave up a single to Phillies pitcher Shane Rawley in the bottom of the eighth and then two batters later with Rawley at third, Gooden balked him home.

The Mets had just five hits and a walk in the game, and three Mets runners were caught stealing.

September 18, 1984 Veterans Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Zososcott
June 28, 2006
I was a senior in H.S. that year living in the Philly 'burbs and "called in sick" for school that day. My incredible dad came home with two tickets for this game and lo and behold, I felt much better! We both donned Mets caps and settled in down the third base line, in between third and left field. Philly fans were giving LF Jerry Martin a hard time for his off field indiscretions and I had to yell at Jerry to not listen. I forget if it was the sixth or seventh inning when Darryl Strawberry stepped up to bat and I looked over to dad and said, "It'd be nice if he hit a homer right about now." Next pitch, as if on cue, Darryl hit one of the most titanic moon shots I've ever seen. One of the best memories of that year for me.

Bob P
September 8, 2006

Actually, Zososcott, you memory left out one little detail: the home run by Straw came in the TOP OF THE NINTH WITH TWO OUTS...and it broke a 5- 5 tie to give the Mets an 8-5 win!

The Mets were down 5-2 in this game but scored three in the top of the seventh on a bases- clearing double by Mookie.

Then in the ninth, Rusty Staub singled to lead off. Wally Backman bunted pinch-runner Ron Gardenhire to second, and Mookie was intentionally walked. Lefty Al Holland came in and got Keith Hernandez to ground out as the runners moved up. Strawberry homered, his 23rd of the year, to give the Mets the win. The Cubs lost that night but the Mets were eight games out with just ten to play.

September 25, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 4
clubhouse report
April 22, 2002
Rusty Staub became the only player besides Ty Cobb to have homered as a teenager and after the age of 40 this night when he connected for the game-ending pinch home run off Larry Anderson.

Derek Pflueger
December 19, 2003

This game is the reason I became a Met fan. My father came home from work and said he got tickets to the Met game. We were about three rows from thrid base. I remember Rusty Staub coming to the plate as a pinch hitter and hitting this monster shot over the right field wall to win the game. It was my first Major Leauge Baseball game and I have been a Met fan ever since. I was 9 years old.

Tom
December 6, 2010

This was the game that clinched second place. I remember leaving Shea chanting "we're no. 2" which felt pretty cool given the previous 11 seasons. Staub and Kranepool remain my favorite Met position players.

April 19, 1985 Veterans Stadium
Mets 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Bob P
May 13, 2006
On a Friday night at the Vet, Dwight Gooden and Steve Carlton give vintage performances. Carlton pitches seven innings of two-hit ball and is perfect for the first four innings. Doc goes eight innings, giving up just three hits. The Mets finally break through with two outs in the ninth when Keith Hernandez singles home pinch- hitter Wally Backman, and Jesse Orosco pitches a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth for the save.

All eight hits in this game were singles, and Doc improves to 2-0 at the start of his signature season.

Candy Moore
July 7, 2012

I drove from Long Island to Philly for this game and had to pick someone up after work on Friday in Jersey City. I got lost so we got a late start down the Turnpike. The game went so fast we couldn't believe it. We got there in the bottom of the 8th inning. We saw Gooden pitch the 8th and got the win. We saw Orosco pitch the 9th and get the save. And we saw the Mets get the only run in the 9th to win 1-0. So in the 15 minutes were were there, we saw everything we had hoped to see. Then turned around and drove home.

May 10, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Michael
March 13, 2008
Gooden was absolutely dominant in this game. He made a hall of fame 3rd baseman look completely lost and helpless at the plate in one particular at bat in the middle innings I believe.

May 11, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Dan
April 8, 2002
This was the first game I ever went to -- ok, the first Mets game. The previous month my Dad had taken me to Yankee Stadium to see the Yanks play Texas; this, at the age of 5, was my first of many visits to Shea. Before the game Juan Samuel of the Phillies signed an autograph for me, and I remember my Dad's excitement after the game at the young combination of Fernandez and McDowell combining for the shutout. Of course, what I remember most was my hero, Strawberry, breaking his thumb making a sliding catch in rightfield.

BILL
June 10, 2005

This game, arguably, cost the Mets the division in 1985. Losing Darryl Strawberry for 6 weeks let the Cardinals right back in the race.

Michael
February 28, 2011

Sadly, the game that probably cost the Mets a playoff spot in 1985, despite the win. Straw breaks his thumb diving for a ball and the Mets play very average-below average ball for the next 6 weeks in his absence. (Though to his credit, Danny Heep did not play badly while filling in.) But the absence of Straw was a huge blow.

June 11, 1985 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 26, Mets 7
Dean
August 10, 2000
I remember Von Hayes hitting 2 homers in the 1st inning, one of them off Tom Gorman. That was miserable. 9 runs in the 1st and 7 in the 2nd innings. I remember the announcers, I believe Tim McCarver, talked about how important it was for the Mets to come back the next day, and forget about this disaster. The next day, they won 7-3. I will never forget that....Von Hayes!

Christopher Kuhn
January 10, 2002

All I can remember is it was 16-0 after two innings and Von Hayes had hit two home runs in one inning. Amazing that this, the worst defeat in Mets history (I think), came only one year prior to a championship.

Dave
January 19, 2002

Unforgettable game, for the wrong reasons. Tom Gorman was an emergency starter...someone else (Darling?) couldn't go at the last minute. Gorman didn't last long, and neither did the Mets.

Joe Reskin
April 10, 2002

The next day, Jeff Herbst, a Yankees fan, said to me, "Twenty-six to seven?" I said, "Shut up. They're going to win the World Series next year." Herbst said, "No way. They'd need someone to make a really bonehead error for that to happen."

clubhouse report
April 20, 2002

strange but true trivia: both Schiraldi and Sambito who each gave up double-digit runs in this game, would pitch against the Mets for the Red Sox in game #7 of the '86 World Series.

Bob P
June 11, 2003

Von Hayes this night became the first player in major league history to hit two home runs in the first inning.

Vincent Safuto
June 30, 2003

I've always remembered this game, and it came back in my memory after reading about the Marlins' huge loss to the Red Sox, where Boston scored 14 runs in the first inning and won 25-8.

Back in 1985, I remember reading the stories about the game, and the Mets players talking about it being the worst loss they experienced since Little League, and the like. Unlike today, they didn't whine about Philadelphia running up the score. I mean, 26-7 wasn't just a whuppin', it was a bad whuppin'.

It could happen to any team, I guess, and it just goes to show what a weird game baseball is. The next game starts at 0-0, and you just go out there and play again.

1985 was a good year for the Mets, and 1986 was better. Bad games happen, but in a 162-game season, you just have to put it behind you.

Don L
November 10, 2003

Tom Gorman - a lefty who had "nothing". He was so bad the players sarcastically nicknamed him Gorfax, as in Koufax. Gorman gave up the incredible tying homer to pitcher Rick Camp of the Braves less than a month later in extra innings of the memorable July 4th-5th game the Mets eventually won 16-13.

Feat Fan
February 19, 2004

Von Hayes was nicknamed "5 for 1". The Phillies sent five prospects including a young Julio Franco (yes, the very same) to the Tribe for this talented outfielder. Hayes had himself quite the night blasting a few first inning home runs and passing for 235 yards in the 26-7 win. Guess the Philly placekicker missed 2 extra points. What a blowout.

JEFF
June 10, 2006

I was at the Vet. Life-long Mets fans, we had graduated college a few weeks before, and stayed in town. We were thrilled to get field box seats, too; 200 level on the first base side, a few rows behind the dugout. Hostile crowd; Phillies were a shadow of their pennant winners in 1980 and 1983; Mets were putting together a winning team and were up in the standings.

A couple Mets runners in the first with no results. Von Hayes leads off the bottom of the first with a home run and bats again in the inning, hitting a grand slam. 16-0 after 2 innings and it was over; Hernandez and Carter were pulled in the third. Phils pitcher Charlie Hayes barely lasts the minimum 5 innings to get the win, getting booed off the mound as he closes out the 5th having given up 7 runs with the hugest of cushions. Phils add another 10 in the late innings for good measure.

We stayed proud in our seats until the last out, with more than a few empty beer cups at our feet. The game still holds Mets records for earned runs (24) and hits allowed (27), in a game of any duration.

Shickhaus Franks
January 24, 2007

My area didn't have cable in '85 so I had to listen to this disaster on WHN 1050. A Mets game that was Marcia Brady smiling with Braces "UGLY"!

Mitch
August 18, 2011

A bunch of friends joined me on a trip to Philly to celebrate my 21st Birthday! Gee thanks, Mets. Schiraldi and Sambito each giving up 10 runs as a reliever? That can't happen again in ML history.

The weirdest thing is that every year on my birthday, I have to read in the paper "This date in baseball history", and its always 1985 and Von Hayes and 26-7. Always makes the cake taste sour!!!

Bob
January 23, 2012

Brutal, just brutal.

I recall Bob Murphy ending his call of the game by saying "The damn game is over!" Everybody remembers his "They win the damn thing" comment but not this one, perhaps because I may have been the only person still listening on radio.

JFK
July 6, 2012

At the end of the game the Met announcers had to state the turning point of the game as part of a radio contest. Gary Thorrne said the turning point of the game was the "National Anthem". Sad but true.

community chest
June 8, 2013

The Daily News headline the next day was: PHILS DESTROY METS. That's a rare verb to put into a headline, even for the News.

August 14, 1985 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Bob P
July 4, 2004
This was a very frustrating loss on a hot, humid, breezeless Wednesday night at Shea. I was in my regular seat in Loge section six, row E.

Kevin Gross and Ron Darling were locked in a 0-0 pitcher's duel through six innings. Rick Schu drove in a run with a single in the seventh and then Kevin Gross drove in the insurance run in the ninth. The Mets came back to score one in the ninth but they should have at least tied it, and probably should have won it in their last at bat.

Gross walked Howard Johnson and pinch-hitter Rusty Staub to start the inning. Don Carman relieved Gross and pinch-hitter Ron Gardenhire bunted. Carman threw the ball away and a run scored. The tying run was at third and the winning run at second with nobody out. Tom Paciorek batted for Dykstra and was intentionally walked. But Wally Backman, who finished 1985 with a .122 batting average and a .212 on base percentage vs LHP, grounded into a force play at the plate, and then Keith Hernandez grounded into a 4-6-3 DP.

The Mets left eleven runners on base in the game. Eight Mets walked to go along with their six hits, but they only got the one run, and that was because of an error. The Mets had at least one baserunner in every inning except the fourth. They grounded into two double plays and also might have run themselves out of a big inning in the bottom of the first when Lenny Dykstra was caught stealing third base as Keith Hernandez struck out.

August 15, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 7
Dom
January 27, 2004
This was my first Met game. Carter went yard, Doc started out strong, but struggled in the later innings.

Hank M
July 13, 2008

This was a Thursday afternoon game I attended with my two sisters. We sat in the back row of the loge level along the right field line. There was a guy in front of us who was celebrating his birthday - and he let everyone in that section know it, too.

In the first inning, the Mets got three home runs from Tom Paciorek, Gary Carter and Ray Knight. They all came off, of all people, Jerry Koosman. For Paciorek, it was his only homer as a Met.

Unfortunately, Dwight Gooden was not having one of his usual stellar '85 performances on this day. He gave up a long home run to Mike Schmidt that landed underneath the main scoreboard behind the right-center field wall. The Phillies were scoring in every inning against him. Doc lasted for only half the game and got a no-decision. Still, the Mets won with three runs in the eighth.

I remember getting very disgusted with the Phils' Glenn Wilson. In '85, he was a nemesis to the Mets with his continuous hot hitting against them. He was no different in this game, collecting three more hits.

One more thing I recall from this day is that it was the 20th anniversary of the famous Beatles concert at Shea. This event was commemorated on the DiamondVision screen between innings.

April 12, 1986 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 8
Jimmy
December 6, 2006
After seeing Kiss at the Meadowlands the night before, I went to my first ever Mets game on the road. Yeah the Mets lost a tough one that day but as it turns out they were not going to lose a lot of them this year.

April 18, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Feat Fan
June 19, 2004
It was a cold April night. We needed a few hot chocolates to stay warm as we watched Carlton unravel in one of his last starts as a Phil.

Remember Milt Thompson hitting a liner that left the park within seconds.

April 19, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Hank M
November 25, 2007
I went to this game after suddenly deciding to go that morning. It was Calender Weekend at Shea and the weather was on the cool side.

When I got to the stadium, I bought my ticket (for the regular $8 value) from some people whose friend hadn't shown up. I sat with them in the back row of the loge level on the third base side - where the mezzanine overhang obstructed our view of the scoreboard!

Thankfully, the field was visable. We saw Dwight Gooden pitch a complete game. Gary Carter, who played left field for the first eight innings, drove home Kevin Mitchell with an RBI single that put the Mets ahead to stay. The win gave our guys a 4-3 record, putting them over .500 for good in a World Championship season.

June 10, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Jesse Wassner
January 4, 2003
This was an awsome game. Tim Tuefel just needed to hit a fly ball to win in the 11th and hits a Grand Slam! I remember the energy walking out of the stadium; we knew this was our year!

Joe Lanzisera
June 30, 2003

I was never a Tim Teufel fan...I'm still not sure he was that much of an upgrade over Kelvin Chapman. But Tim came through that night. I can remember McCarver's call "Fly ball...deep left field...its outta here...pinch-hit, grand-slam home run for Tim Teufel."

September 13, 1986 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 5
original mets62
February 17, 2005
I will always remember this game, because I was able to talk my wife into driving down to Philadelphia to see the Mets clinch. At first she resisted, until I promised her dinner at a fancy restaurant. (We ended up eating hot dogs at the Vet.) As it turned out most of the fans came down from NY, and my wife was interviewed by Ch 7 newsman John Johnson as to what made her come down to Philly. Her answer was (as she pointed at me) him in the METS shirt and cap. Because we did not clinch, I tried to talk her into staying over and going to the Sunday game. I struck out this time!

Joe From Jersey
January 3, 2006

It was the only Mets game I EVER attended that the Mets was the visiting team. Veterans Stadium was 15 years old at the time; it looked like it was 150 and the turf had the color of a worn out billards table. Me, my cousin and my late brother (who was a fan of the Bronx team) drove down to Philly, got there 1 1/2 hours before game time and sat in the upper deck in right field (not too high up though). I remember all the Mets fans being there and knowing the reputation of Philly sports fans. During the game, the Philly PD started harassing Mets fans (this was the year after they bombed the MOVE HQ's) and my brother who had some adult liquid in him wanted to take on Philly's finest but I told him to sit down. After the game, which we lost 6-5 and didn't clinch, we're getting out of the parking lot which took forever, when all of a sudden right next to us were 2 gorgeous blondes in a Camaro with Delaware plates. I asked my cousin to dump my brother in Philly and we were gonna follow those ladies to Delaware. My bro overheard this and was pissed; we headed back to North Jersey anyway.

AJP
June 16, 2009

I remember buying tickets at the Ticketmaster in Macy’s the morning of the game. A Mets win would clinch the pennant, the Mets first in 13 years after many years of abject failure. This was the first time I ever drove a long distance and I very excited driving on Jersey Turnpike and seeing all that Met regalia worn by occupants of neighboring cars.

I had great seats right behind the plate in the 700 level. Watching the game in a park so different from Shea was a new experience for me and I actually was impressed with The Vet. The open air 700 level concourses were a lot less dirty, grimy and smelly than the lower concourses. Future Phil Lenny Dykstra knocked the first pitch of the game over the wall against future Met Mike Maddux, however the Mets would lose and wound up clinching several days later at Shea.

I do remember watching with binoculars scary activity in the right field seats. I was not just a regular ballpark fight; it was downright mini-riot pitting Mets fans with the Philadelphia Police.

September 20, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Bob P
March 28, 2004
In one of only eight games he played with the 1986 Mets, John Gibbons was the starting catcher this day. He went 4-for-4: a single, two doubles, and the only homer of his 50-at-bat career.

Gibbons finished his career with eleven hits, and 36 percent of them came in this game!

Hot Foot
June 4, 2009

My dad and uncle took me to this game, my 9th birthday.

John Gibbons and Stan Jefferson both hit their first major league home runs, and the future was looking bright indeed.

Mike A
February 17, 2010

I was at this game sitting with my Dad near the right field foul pole in the Loge section (blue colored seats). Very chilly night!

The Von Hayes HR landed a few feet from me, never had a home run ball land that close to me.

Remembered the Jefferson HR as well; thought he and Shawn Abner would be our future fixtures in the outfield.

September 21, 1986 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 1
Bob P
May 22, 2004
Five days after the Mets clinch the NL East, they are beaten by Phillies RHP Marvin Freeman, 7-1. Freeman allows just one hit in seven innings, a second inning triple by Darryl Strawberry, who scores the only Met run of the game on a passed ball.

It is the first of 35 career wins for Freeman, but the day is even more memorable for him because his daughter Paris was born on this day.

June 19, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Feat Fan
February 24, 2004
Betcha thought I'd mention my buddy David but at this point I'm 32, married and at the game with my third wife. (Don't ask.) Don Carman is throwing whiffle balls all night and a few rockets left the park. This was the first big year of the home run with 31 guys (or so) drilling 30 or more dingers. Guys like Wade Boggs (24) Larry Sheets (31) were hitting them out at will. At any rate, Ralphy Santana gets up late in the game and I said to my wife, "If he hits one out, we're outta here." Sure enough, the powerful Santana slams one into the night as we begin our exit to return home to Kew Garden Hills.

June 28, 1987 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 4
Bob P
February 4, 2004
This game was a true indicator of how this frustrating season would go.

The Mets had a 4-0 lead going to the bottom of the eighth at the Vet and Ron Darling had not allowed a hit through seven innings. But Greg Gross led off with a triple followed by a single by Juan Samuel, and by the time the Phillies were retired it was 4-3 Mets and Darling was out of the game.

In the ninth with one out, Roger McDowell gave up three straight singles to tie the game and then with two outs, Mike Schmidt singled in the winning run and the Mets lost 5-4.

The loss dropped the Mets to 39-34 and they trailed the first place Cardinals by 6.5 games.

August 3, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Andy from Chicago
January 14, 2011
Darryl Strawberry, if my research is correct, won this game by hitting a titanic homer off Kent Tekulve that hit high on the NL out of town scoreboard at Shea.

I remember the home run because it was a rocket, hit with a chillingly perfect swing. Tekulve was a couple of years removed from his days as a top notch closer and the side-arming righty vs. the power hitting lefty was a bad matchup for the Phillies.

Can't find another instance where Straw homered in a post-Pirates Tekulve appearance, so this must be the place.

Michael
January 21, 2011

Andy from Chicago......I'm sorry but Keith's homer won this game in extra innings, not Strawberry's. It was Keith's only game ending homer as a Met.

September 30, 1987 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 3
Mets2Moon
September 27, 2001
I was listening on the radio and tearing my hair out. This, I believe, was the game in which the Mets were oficially eliminated, thanks to a 10th inning HR by the immortal LUIS %$^@#$^!^AGUAYO!!!

sportsfan8690
August 27, 2009

After I got home from school this day I saw a certified US Mail envelope sitting on the table. What was in this envelope-1987 Mets playoffs and World Series tickets that I sent in money for at the beginning of September.

After Luis Aquayo went deep in the 10th for a walk off home run, I knew those tickets would never be used. The Cardinals had to lose the next night and we then had to sweep the final weekend series to force a 1 game playoff which would have been at Shea. Mets had won the coin toss for that. That never happened, so the tickets became phantom souveniers.

If there were wild cards then, this game would have just been a tune up for the playoffs. Mets would have clinched already under that format.

NYCMets
March 12, 2013

I am so happy I found this site. This game still tears at after all these years. I think this loss may have been just as bad for me to swallow as the infamous Terry Pendelton HR game that same year.

NYCMets
June 8, 2013

I am so happy I found this site. This game still tears at after all these years. I think this loss may have been just as bad for me to swallow as the infamous Terry Pendelton HR game that same year.

April 8, 1988 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 1
Bob P
November 18, 2003
It was Gary Carter's 34th birthday. He was 3-for- 3...a single, double, and a homer, plus a walk. Then to top it off, Carter was tagged out for the last out of the game by Phillies SS Steve Jeltz on a hidden ball trick!

April 10, 1988 Veterans Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Ed K
February 2, 2009
The only time Mookie hit two home runs in a game with the Mets.

April 19, 1988 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 2
Gord
February 28, 2011
I remember going to this game with my parents and best friend Jimmy. We had box seats from our friend Murray, right along the first base line. I was 7 years old and began learning how to keep score for the first time that night. Jimmy was already a pro thanks to his Strat-O-Matic baseball games with his dad, so he was teaching me how to do it.

My clearest memories of Shea that night are that Terry Leach got rocked so bad that he threw his glove into the crowd in frustration when he was pulled from the game, and it was extremely cold in the later innings. People around us had blankets, but my mom was freezing and lamenting the fact that she only brought a denim jacket.

I was also fairly confident that Bob Ojeda pitched. By searching this outstanding database with the few clues I had (e.g., night game early in the '88 season), I was able to pinpoint this specific game. Thanks so much UltimateMets.com for providing such a wonderful resource for true Met fans!

June 19, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Stu Baron
February 28, 2002
I belong to an a capella singing group, The Metrognomes, and we sang the national anthem before this game; this would be a huge thrill for any Mets fan. David Cone went on to toss 7 2/3 perfect innings before yielding an infield hit on a slow roller up the 3B line.

Bob P
May 22, 2004

Just an addendum to Stu's earlier note on this game: Cone had a no-hitter for 7.2 innings, but it was not a perfect game. He walked Steve Jeltz in the third inning, and he hit Phil Bradley with a pitch in the top of the eighth. Two batters later, Jeltz broke up the no-hitter with a clean single to center.

Milt Thompson then singled with one out in the ninth to turn the one-hitter into a two-hitter. Coney struck out seven and improved to 8-1.

September 21, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
JFK
October 1, 2006
Went to the game hoping the Mets would clinch as I did in 86. The Mets needed to win and the Pirates lose to clinch. However, no one knew in the stadium what the Pirates were doing because the out of town games were not listed on scoreboard and the radio broadcast would not announce the score of the Pirate game.

There was a riot cop in every aisle and mounted police came on to the field as soon as the game was over.

September 22, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Dan Doherty
February 11, 2004
My brother and I got tickets for this game at the last minute. I remember our seats were in the upper deck, and all through the top of the 9th inning, people were stomping and chanting "BEAT L.A.!!! BEAT L.A.!!!" so hard that the stadium was shaking.

Diamond Dave
May 19, 2006

This was an awesome game as the Mets clinched the NL East. I took my girlfriend (now wife) to a few games that season and she had never seen a major league game before 1988. She was with me to witness the clincher. Fans DID chant "beat LA" and "SWEEP" as we walked down the ramp from the Mezzanine and out in the parking lot where it was crazy! Fans were on top of cars and a few had crushed roofs. We drank Champagne and snapped photos with other MET fans and had a blast. With all the celebrating I only remember Darling pitched a complete game gem but not too much else about the game. Too much Andre Brut!

sportsfan8690
September 26, 2009

I was at this game in my season seat Field Box 163G and it was a special night as the Mets would clinch the NL East once again. When Ron Darling struck out Lance Parrish we all went crazy and nuts as the Mets were back in the playoffs. No one rushed the field like we all did in 1986 as the NYC Police was all prepared this time with officers along the baselines and on horses.

The merchandise stands already had the NL East Champs items such as t-shirts, pins and pennants at the stands sitting in boxes during the game. They could not sell them until the Mets officially won the NL East as I did try to buy them during the game. After we were finished celebrating after the game I bought the button and pennant and I still have them in my house with my Mets collection.

April 17, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Russell Poage
June 1, 2008
I caught a foul ball off the bat of Mark Ryal of the Phillies. I was sitting 4 rows behind the 3rd base dugout with my wife and my father-in-law. It was a line drive that I caught with one hand while I had my beer in the other hand. When we got home we had three messages on our answering machine and one was from my friend who lives in Philadelphia and happened to be watching the game and saw me on TV. I would love to get a tape of this game as I heard that even Fran Healy commented on what a great catch a fan made!

April 18, 1989 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 1
AJP
September 21, 2009
One of the worst in injuries in the history of Shea unfortunately occurred during this game. Phillies RF Ron Jones crashed into the plywood wall and severely tore a knee ligament. A promising career was derailed. The outfield wall was padded the next year. Mr. Jones passed away in 2006 from "natural causes," may he rest in peace.

Rob C.
January 14, 2011

John Updike references this game in his novel "Rabbit at Rest" on page 184. He mentions a third inning three-run home run by Mike Schmidt, his fourth of "the young season" and the five-hundred-forty-sixth of his career, putting the Phillies up 5-0.

April 19, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
John L.
April 15, 2011
Went with this kid from work Dave and his father. Sat field level down the first base side. The game was unremarkable for the most part. Remember late in the game getting some ice cream from the concession stand in rightfield and yelling at Darryl Strawberry to demonstrate some leadership.

June 16, 1989 Veterans Stadium
Mets 15, Philadelphia Phillies 11
Chris Marietti
August 18, 2011
My family and I came to this game on a bus trip through my mother's work from about two hours north in NJ. There was a two- to three-hour rain delay after the first inning and since we were dependent upon a bus, we had to leave at a specified time, which was during the delay. Anyway, we got to see a whole game's worth of scoring in the one inning we were there for. The Mets jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the top half and the Phils responded with 5 of their own in their frame. I remember still getting home in time to see the end of the game.

June 18, 1989 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 5
Mets2Moon
September 24, 2001
Better remembered as the day of the second Massacre. Mets fans never forget...

idan solon
June 13, 2003

I'll never forget sitting in the car listening to the game with my grandparents. Von Hayes won the game with a home run. All through the game, the announcers said the Mets and Phillies had made a trade, to be disclosed after the game. We were trying to guess who it was.

Mrpokie31
September 22, 2007

I remember the Mets "Dynasty" as we knew it then, took the biggest hit at the end of the game when they traded Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell to the Phillies for Juan Samuel. That trade WAS the beginning of the end of that great team. Davey Johnson ruined ANY talk of Dynasty when he endorsed that trade DURING the game.

Bill
October 13, 2008

My father drove us to Veteran's Stadium from Queens. The game was close. For some strange reason they pinch hit for Nails in the middle of the game. We had no idea. After the Mets lost we turned on the radio in the car to hear that the Mets made one of the dumbest trades they ever made. Lenny Dykstra for whiff machine Juan Samuel. Sure Dykstra tried to hit too many HR's but he really was the CF of the future at the time. Mookie was aging and would be gone a year or so later. Juan Samuel in CF. Ugh. The Horror.

June 25, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Bob P
February 6, 2004
The Mets beat the Phillies 5-1 behind Sid Fernandez, and the Mets set a National League record by having no assists in the game. It was only the second time in history that a team did that. The only other time was on July 4, 1945 by the Yankees in Cleveland.

Sid struck out nine in seven innings of work ,and Rick Aguilera struck out four more in two innings. The other fourteen Phillies outs came on 12 fly balls/popups and two ground balls to first base.

September 12, 1989 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Tom Shannon
October 28, 2006
I can't believe nobody mentioned this game. Dickie Thon with a walk-off home run. God, 1989 sucked!

This was my first game at Veteran's Stadium. I was 8. All I remember is talking junk to the kids behind me about how the Phillies sucked.

Lenny pinch hit in the ninth before the Thon-Bomb off of Aase. I booed as loud as I could. For some reason, I had a lot of hate towards Dykstra at that time. Probably because Samuel stunk up the place.

September 13, 1989 Veterans Stadium
Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Hank M
May 13, 2006
I watched this game from the front row at Veterans Stadium. My sister was working in Philadelphia and got tickets from her employer, which owned a box along the left field foul line. Before the game, Ron Darling came down to our area and signed autographs.

The game was close for a while, but the Mets then won easily. Gregg Jefferies and Howard Johnson hit homers. Tom O'Malley got a 2-run single in the ninth.

There was one pleasant surprise for us on this night. I looked in front of me and I saw Number 16 walking to the mound. Dwight Gooden was making a relief appearance! He pitched three shutout innings, holding the Phillies down as the Mets slowly piled up runs. What a treat this was!

A Mets' win on the road, Doc in relief and seeing it from a front row seat. Great night!

September 25, 1989 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Jdmets06
October 1, 2006
This loss officially eliminated the Mets from playoff contenion for the 1989 season. Another year the Mets should have won!

Michael
June 16, 2009

Yes, the loss did eliminate the Mets from contention under the 2 division winner format but not the case if there were wild cards then. There would have a tight race for 2 spots between the Mets, Padres, Cardinals and Astros. Mets and Padres would have been the winners as the 2 best records of teams not to win division. 1989 NLDS would have been Mets vs Cubs and Giants vs Padres.

September 26, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Howard
March 13, 2008
My first game at Shea. It was one of those nights when El Sid was "on". He threw a complete game shutout and only allowed three hits over the nine innings. On top of this, he ended up providing offense also! A wonderfully pitched game.

I remember it was tough to see Lenny Dykstra in Phillies pinstripes when we had Juan Samuel. . . it just seemed wrong. Funny - it still does.

September 27, 1989 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
Brian
July 30, 2003
The last home game of the 89 season, Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez pinch hit and get a standing O. I remember the line when Carter hit a double down the left field line and I liked the call Bob Murphy made: Gary Carter ripped it!

Steven G
September 24, 2004

How about the fight between Roger McDowell and Gregg Jefferies after the last out. I never saw Darryl run as fast while playing in a game than he ran toward the mound that night, wearing a winter-like parka, I might add.

Another disappointing finish of the late '80s.

Putbeds 1986
February 26, 2006

Was watching this game on Channel 9 and then all of a sudden all heck breaks loose when McDowell and Jefferies start to rumble. I'll never forget Roger's post-game comment: "Gregg's been through some tough times this season. There's been a lot of pressure on him and maybe it all got to him. I never disliked him, but I don't think we'll be exchanging Christmas cards this year."

June 3, 1990 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 3
Ed K
January 14, 2011
Dave Liddell gets a hit and scores a run in his only major-league at-bat in his only major- league game!

June 23, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Bryan Hoch
July 16, 2001
The one that started it all for me. I was eight years old, and my dad finagled two box seats by the first base dugout for this gem, a three-hit shutout by Dwight Gooden over Pat Combs. I was too young to appreciate Gooden's overwhelming power pitching, and actually at one point was whining, "Why won't the Phillies score runs?" Or so I'm told.

Darryl Strawberry hit a monstrous home run to right field that I never actually saw leave the yard, my vision blocked by all those standing adults.

Lenny Dykstra played in this one for the Phillies and received a warm ovation from the Shea crowd. Except from me, who didn't understand why Dykstra's '89 Topps card showed him with the Mets, and now he wasn't. I booed the "traitor", only to be quietly informed of the Juan Samuel trade and the way baseball worked.

Everyone's gotta start somewhere.

Mark Scarola
October 14, 2006

I remember this one well. In his second at-bat, Von Hayes was way late on a Gooden fastball and struck a screaming liner into the loge off the third baseline. I caught it. The first and only foul ball I've ever caught (or even had the chance to catch). That Gooden went on to pitch the complete game shutout just made it that much more special.

June 24, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
alleydally
October 12, 2006
Remember this one well...sitting in upper deck near foul pole in right (very high seats) on a hot, sunny day.

Two outs, bases loaded and Tim Teufel whacks two- strike pitch to right-center for game-winning two-run single off Roger McDowell.

I also remember Bobby O didn't have it that day, getting pulled in the fifth.

Jefferies played well that day, with two-run homer and RBI in ninth.

Michael
October 6, 2006

I think this was a Sunday afternoon game if i'm not mistaken. The Mets were the hottest team in baseball and Timmy Teuful won it off our old friend McDowell with a 2 run single. Probably the most exciting win of the 1990 season.

David Kalan
September 28, 2012

After some lengthy research this morning, mostly involving a picture of the Shea Stadium scoreboard with my name on it, I determined that this game was actually the first one I ever attended.

I barely remember it; I was approaching my fifth birthday, but it sounds like I wound up at a great one.

July 23, 1990 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 4
Ed K
July 17, 2007
Dickie Thon's only career grand slam wiped out a Met lead and did the Mets in on this occasion.

July 25, 1990 Veterans Stadium
Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 9
murphy
October 13, 2003
The world famous Bob Murphy call of "they win the damn thing" was at the end of this game. The Mets took a 10-3 lead into the 9th and watched the lead shrink to 10-9 before Franco got the last out of the game on a line drive to Mario Diaz.

Stephen Costanza
June 9, 2004

This game was unbelievable. The Phillies kept getting hit after hit in the bottom of the 9th inning. They had 5 runs in and the bases were loaded with no one out. Then John Franco came in and got the next batter to ground into a double play. The next hitter was Tommy Herr, who lined out to Mario Diaz to end the game.

Hank M
February 22, 2007

The Mets had a seven-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth, but just barely held on to win. The Phillies started the inning with seven singles and a walk before an out was made. John Franco had to come in and shut the door.

Bob Murphy's "win the damn thing" quote on radio right after the final out is well-known. But just prior to the Phils' comeback effort, another set of words (since forgotten) was said on television. Fran Healy made a comment that he would walk back to New York if the Mets lost this game. As the ninth inning wore on, it looked as if Fran was going to have a very long, tiring trip home. Thankfully, for Mets' fans and, especially, for Healy, he didn't have to make that 100+ mile journey on foot!

Witz
July 8, 2008

How many of us are going to come to this page and post a memory today? Let me be the first (or fifth or tenth).

As soon as Werth hit his flyball last night (July 7th) for the final out, the irony of the opponent, score and near comeback flashed my mind back to 1990 and, I must admit, I uttered the famous quote to myself. I was lucky enough to be in my car listening to Murph at the end of this game. After I parked, the comeback mounted, so I waited until the end to get out, which, thankfully allowed me to hear the famous lines, live and in person.

With all due respect to Mike Vacarro, who I know has posted on this site occasionally (see Jon Matlack's one hitter in 1974), here is the exact quote copied from his column in today's NY Post:

"Here's the pitch on the way. Line drive - caught! The game is over! The Mets win it! A line drive to Mario Diaz and the Mets win the ballgame! They win the damn thing by a score of 10-9!"

[full disclosure: when it flashed through my head last night, I thought Backman was the second baseman, how could I forget the immortal Mario Diaz??]

Stu Baron
July 8, 2008

This game was eerily similar to that of 7/7/08, which the Mets also won, 10-9, in Philly.

I watched both games, and I started thinking about this game when the score of the 2008 game was 10-3, and looked up the box score on here when it was 10-5.

Amazing how Mets history can repeat itself!

August 9, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Mets2Moon
April 16, 2001
Gotta be the wackiest game I've ever been to. During an era where there was a lot of bad blood between the Mets and Phils, things seemed to reach a head tonight. Gooden started, and was pretty wild. He had hit 2 or 3 Phils and was trailing 3-1 when he stepped to the plate leading off the 5th vs Pat Combs. And Combs plunks Doc in the leg with his first pitch. And Doc goes after him, and pops him one in the face before Darren Daulton caught him from behind, and rained some punches on the back of his head. And chaos ensued. Then-Phillie Dennis Cook got body slammed by Umpire Country Joe West. Mackey Sasser landed someone on the ground--don't know who--but Mackey was beating him mercilessly. And just when it looked like order might be restored, Darryl decides to take on John Kruk, and all hell broke loose again. All told, this was about 15 minutes of solid beatings, and 7 ejections--Gooden, Strawberry, Teufel, Combs, Daulton, Cook and if memory serves, the Philly bullpen coach got tossed. Left shorthanded, the Mets then came back in the 6th. HoJo hit a 2-run HR, and then Kelvin Torve, in his lone appearance wearing #24, belted a 2-run double off the wall for a 5-3 lead. The Phils were relentless this game, though, and cut the lead to 5-4 before Franco closed it out. Philly, I believe, had 16 hits this game to the Mets 7--Dykstra alone had 5 hits. But all for naught as the Mets won an unforgettable affair.

idan solon
June 13, 2003

My grandfather and I were sitting next to this kid and his father. The kid had binoculars. The Mets were trailing 3-1. The kid said, "The Mets need a home run and a miracle." Then Gooden got hit with a pitch and charged the mound. The place went bedlam. The kid was going crazy looking into the binoculars, giving the play-by-play. "Strawberry got punched in the face!" The noise was insane.

I wondered what my grandfather must've thought. He was buying hotdogs for us when it happened. When he came out, he said he thought someone had hit a grand slam. There was a special kind of noise in Shea Stadium in those Strawberry, Gooden, Hernandez, Carter years.

Putbeds 62
January 6, 2006

I went to an off-Broadway called "Quiet On The Set" with my brother and mom; I had 2 disappointments that night: 1) Cady McClain, who I had a huge crush on,she played Dixie on All My Children, was SICK and didn't appear in the play. 2) I wish that I had brought my radio because that was the night of the brawl. After the play ends, my sister and her then-hubby pick us up in front of the theatre and he's telling me about the brawl. He drives me and my mom home and I rush into the house to put on the Ch. 7 news and the brawl was the top story of the night instead of Saddam Hussein, who had just invaded Kuwait. Outside of the '73 NLCS & '86 brawls; this one was the most violent brawl ever. Still remember Country Joe West slamming then-Phillie Dennis Cook to the ground on the highlights.

September 15, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Harry
October 13, 2008
This was my first-ever MLB game I attended. To my not-so-much joy, my favorite player, Kevin McReynolds, was ejected after arguing balls and strikes. But we won.

April 8, 1991 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Pete from Nassau
June 9, 2004
I remember the Doc had it going this game. The only run he gave up was a solo homer to Kruk over the right field fence. Things were looking up after this one.

Joe From Jersey
November 29, 2005

The first home opener I ever attended and instead of spring (or winter) like conditions; It was 90 degrees at game time. Nails and Wally were in the lineup for the Phils and Hubie Brooks played at RF. The place was rocking after this game and it shoulda been a harbinger of things to come but it was NOT to be.

Marlboro Man
September 22, 2007

I don't have any memories of this game, but I did find a scorecard from this game that I apparently went to a day before I turned 13. Looks like it was a good one, better than the previous years opening day loss to the Pirates.

April 9, 1991 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Hank M
May 22, 2008
I was at this game, watching from the loge level along the right field line. It was 1-0 Phillies in the bottom of the ninth inning. Rick Cerone came up and slugged one over the left-center field wall off Roger McDowell to tie it up. Len Dykstra just turned and watched it go out.

In the tenth, Hubie Brooks batted against Joe Boever. He hit a long, high drive down the left field line. I followed the ball and when I saw the people seated above the scoreboard all standing up in unison, I knew the game was over. It was coming down right into their section. Hubie had a game-winning home run! It was his first homer since his return to the Mets.

Also in this game, Pete Schourek and Doug Simons both made their major league debuts. Simons finished it and got credit for the win.

Later, I went out behind the bullpen near the players' parking area. When Hubie came driving out, the crowd there gave him a huge cheer. It was a wonderful early-season afternoon at Shea.

April 10, 1991 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 7
Alice Lovier
September 24, 2002
April 10, 1991 was a beautiful spring day. In the early afternoon, my Dad, Louis, joined his friends and co-workers for their local team practice... With all intentions to come home and watch the game...

My Dad, 32 years of age, carrying the bases in at the end of the practice, fell to the ground and died on April 10, 1991.

As my sister and I sat home and waited to hear from the hospital we had the game on. But after we received the news I don't remember anything after that. I was sixteen.

I am so grateful that the game was on even though I don't recall any of it.

He raised me, a Mets fan. And proud to be!

June 29, 1991 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Anthony
January 18, 2005
It was my ninth birthday and as I remember, my family took me to see this game and the fireworks afterward as a celebration. Do not remember anything about the game. I was not yet the big fan I am today.

June 30, 1991 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 9
MIchael Pinto
July 13, 2004
This Sunday afternoon game was played on a day that Mike Tyson celebrated his 25th birthday. Doc got shelled early-possibly riding a hangover resulting from a long New York City Saturday summer night-but who knew at the time. With the Mets loss in this one I suffered my largest defecit ever to the "boys" as I had dropped 2 dimes on Doc with the hope of breaking even (was down a grand and they were laying 2-1). The Metties battled back from the wrong side of a 9-2 score and scored twice amid a ferocious rally in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded the always selective Dave Magadan stepped to the plate from the left side. On a 3-2 pitch he took an inside pitch for strike 3 and the game was over. Ouch babe!!

Bob P
August 20, 2004

Dave Magadan actually led off the bottom of the ninth by grounding out. Kevin McReynolds followed with a double and Howard Johnson homered to make it 10-9. Hubie Brooks walked to put the tying run on but Rick Cerone lined out and Mark Carreon struck out for the final out of the game.

The teams combined for 27 hits, and Doc gave up three home runs in 4.1 innings, including the only homers of the 1991 season by Steve Lake and Sil Campusano. It was also the last homer of Campusano's career. The Phillies sent him down about a week later and he never played in the majors again.

A very odd boxscore, seeing Wally Backman leading off and playing third base for the Phils, Roger McDowell pitching in relief for the Phils (he had to leave the game with a pulled side muscle), and Tommy Herr, Rick Cerone, and Garry Templeton playing for the Mets.

Rob
January 15, 2006

I just found a program and scorecard of this game while cleaning stuff out of my former room in my parents house, so I apparently was at this game but I don't have any memory of it as I was 11 years old at the time. According to the scorecard it also appears I left during the 8th inning.

July 6, 1991 Veterans Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Mike A.
December 17, 2007
As mentioned on my post about Hubie Brooks, I'm almost certain that this is the game he hit the upper deck HR.

Other memory of this game as a spectator was the Phillie Phanatic hassling Charles Barkley of the 76'ers behind the Phillie dugout.

July 7, 1991 Veterans Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Jim Eckert
February 18, 2011
Attended this game against the awful Phillies in Philly. The Mets won easily 8-2 as I watched with quiet contentment. You don't make joyful Met noises in Philly. I'm yet alive to this day because I understood that.

Regrettably it was heading into the all star break as the Mets extended to a 7-game winning streak. But for a bit more they didn't cool, they picked up after the break to make it 10 in a row. They were making their run and were going to finally steamroll past the Pirates! They reached 53-38.

Then the wheels fell off and the engine dropped out, worse than in 1977. How can a 53-38 (94-68 season equivalent) team end by going 24-46 (56- 106 season equivalent). Can anyone explain how this happened?, I forget, probably because I tried hard to. Even the "awful" Phillies, 14 games behind the Mets after this game, finished a half game ahead of them. A dark era had come, anti-climaxed, of course by 1993, the worst Met season in context ever.

September 28, 1991 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 2
Ed K
February 1, 2006
Bud's last game as manager and another loss.

September 29, 1991 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Ed K
February 12, 2006
Mike Cubbage's first game of his short managerial stint with the Mets.

October 6, 1991 Veterans Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
All-time Metfan
October 30, 2001
For about a month and a half I had tuned out the Mets after their 10 game losing streak in august and their flat play to finish up the season in september. Then I turn on the TV and David Cone strikes out 19 and gets arrested for sexual abuse the same day. I really felt like this game optimized what was a rather grim season. A season that would replicate itself in one way or another five more times until a guy named Piazza came around.

Fan 5/31/64 - 8/11/94
April 8, 2005

Like so many loyal Shea fans we took the trip down the Jersey Turnpike every time the orange and blue played in cheesesteak land. I believe that this was the last game of the year. Some time in late summer, the short-term 80's dynasty ended, although no one realized it at the time.

Cone had a slew of K's through the first 6 and I realized that he might reach 20 or 21 at that pace. In the top of the 7th, he walked and was out on the bases the whole inning. The bottom of the inning, he had no K's.

It was still exciting to see him get close and eventually tie the record that Seaver set one warm spring day in 1970. The writers, however, downplayed the feat as many of the players in the Phillies lineup were really Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons that year.

Shickhaus Franks
March 15, 2008

The other night SNY showed this game and it featured the broadcast team of Ralph Kiner and Frank Cashen. (Tim was getting ready for the post-season for CBS.) I remember watching the game and the weather was rather dreary and many of the Phillies were swinging and missing like they had one foot out of the Vet. After the game, Ralph and Frank talked about the hopes of 1992 which turned out to be a long nightmare until Metal Mike Piazza arrived on the scene in May of 1998.

Michael
May 13, 2008

Cone's best start in his career. Although you could never tell if the Phillies had one step on the plane; 18 of the k's were swinging if I remember. =

The 1991 Mets seem to be a largely forgotten team among fans. Probably because it was the team right between the Strawberry era and the "worst team money can buy" 1992 Mets. But this team was just as disappointing. Channel 9 showed a stat on one of the last games of the '91 season, and it said no team in HISTORY had ever finished below .500 after being at least 14 games above .500 after at least 90 games. Except the 1991 Mets.

Robert Ford
June 16, 2010

The Phillies starting catcher that day was Doug Lindsey, who was making his Major League debut. He went 0 for 3 with 3 Ks and never started another MLB game (although he did get into four more games with three more at-bats with the Cubs and Phillies in 1993).

July 29, 1992 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 3
Michael Bisignano
August 20, 2004
I remeber it being a day game. My friend and I drove down to the Vet from Staten Island just so we can get an idea how to get there since I had Eagles tickets that October. Anyway I remember that it was Todd Pratts major league debut. Before the game along the left field line we were jawing at Bret Saberhagen a little and he semmed to be a good sport about it. Dave Hollins hit a home run late and this beautiful Phillies fan girl who had a Hollins jersey on wouldnt stop jumping up and down. That was the best part of the game

September 9, 1992 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Bob P
March 8, 2004
At the Vet, Sid Fernandez allows just two runs and five hits while striking out nine, but it's not good enough.

The Phils' Curt Schilling pitches a one-hitter, with the only hit a fifth inning leadoff homer by Bobby Bonilla. Schilling does not walk anyone and the only other Met batter to reach base was Chico Walker, who was awarded first base on catcher's interference with two outs in the fourth inning.

John Kruk drove in both Phillie runs with an infield out and a single.

August 13, 1993 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 5
Jon
February 21, 2002
At the Vet, Kim Batiste hits a walk-off grand slam off Anthony Young to win this exercise in humiliatiation.

BobHerpen
April 12, 2002

Let's see... 15 years old... I was in Center City Philadelphia that night with a group of kids at an Easter trip reunion. Game was on at this restaurant where we ate. Kept looking backwards from my seat to see Phils winning, then losing, thinking the Mets had it sown up in the 8th, when we all left to cruise around to kill time. Knew the game was over soon after, but couldn't find a store window with a TV tuned to ESPN to get final score. Finally got home around midnight and caught the late Sportscenter with highlights of the Mets' and Anthony Young's meltdown...then heard Harry Kalas' emotional call on Batiste's grand slam, and went to bed laughing and smiling. That was the game I finally knew the Phils had the "team of destiny" tag, and that Dallas Green was no antidote for a truly awful Mets squad.

Jared K
May 5, 2002

I was 10 years old and my family had scored free tickets to this game because my sister's gymnastics team participated in this little event between a few innings. The seats sucked, way upper deck, first base side, and I was the only Mets fan surrounded by a bunch of rabid Phillies fan hell bent on a championship caliber year. Bobby Bonilla's two HRs that day was pretty much all the offense the Mets could muster in the game. Gooden started the game. He had okay stuff, kept the game tied at 5. In the 9th, still tied at 5, Anthony Young was brought in from the pen. Kim Batiste drills an opposite field walk off Grand Slam HR. It was the most devastating Mets loss I remember, even though the team lost 103 games that year. To lose it in a style like that, it was heartbreaking. Those were the truly dark days of Mets baseball.

August 14, 1993 Veterans Stadium
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Bob P
April 23, 2003
In this game Tim Bogar hit two homers, one over the fence and one inside the park. It was the only two-homer game of Tim's Met career, and the only four-hit game of his Met career. He also had two doubles in the game and wound up driving in four runs and scoring four.

The starter and winner in the game was Bobby Jones, who was making his major league debut. Jones allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in six innings, but just one of the runs was earned.

(Note: sarcasm ahead) The victory improved the Mets record to 40-76 and brought them within 33.5 games of the first place (and eventual World Series losing) Phils.

Phil Thiegou
September 25, 2003

Bob is right on the money on his accounts of this game. This was my first away Mets game. lt felt weird rooting for the Mets in someone else's house, especially in '93 when the Mets REALLY REALLY sucked. 0ne of the few bright spots for that game was seeing Bobby Jones' major league debut and seeing Tim Bogar hit an inside the parker. He broke his hand sliding in to home on that play and ended his impressive rookie season. Literally another bad break in that horrendous season.

Ed K
July 17, 2007

According to the game log, this is the last game that Tim played in 1993 for the Mets but he was back on the team in 1994. Did he get hurt or something else happen?

August 15, 1993 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 4
Jon
August 16, 2001
I was at this game in Philly. Anthony Young had just snapped his historic losing streak, but pitching in relief, gave up a 9th-inning HR (3-run or grand slam?) to Kim Freakin' Batiste as those fightin' Phils won another thriller en route to the World Series.

September 13, 1993 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 0
Anthony
November 27, 2004
I was in fifth grade and went to this game with my folks and my best friend who now absolutely hates baseball. I got Curt Schilling's autograph at this game. That was pretty much the only highlight being how sorry the Mets were in 1993.

June 13, 1994 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Anthony
June 19, 2004
I remember going to this game with my dad, cousin Dan and my Uncle Dave. I was in fifth grade and my cousin was in fourth. It was a good game during the horrible pre-Valentine 90's. Bret Saberhagen pitched a good game in his only solid season as a Met. John Franco looked like he was going to blow it in the ninth. With runners on and two outs, a flyball was hit to center. It looked like it was going to fall in, but Ryan Thompson made a diving catch to put the finishing touches on a 4-3 Mets win. My cousin and I shouted with joy. Awesome memory.

June 14, 1994 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
jack
August 18, 2005
Ahh the night the Rangers won the Stanley Cup!! Remember reading in the paper the next morning that Gooden had lost. The stadium was probably dead that night because everyone was partying on 34th street.

August 11, 1994 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
Mets2Moon
April 16, 2001
Listening to this game on the radio, knowing that the strike was on as soon as the game ended, was one of the most interminable experiences ever. And the game simply wouldn't end. I don't even remember how it ended, only that when it did, I glumly tossed my walkman aside and went to sleep.

Brooklyn 539er
September 4, 2003

I went down to Philly that night thinking that it would be the last game of the year. By the 12th inning everyone in the stadium, both Mets and Phils fans were saying that if the negotiators tried this hard to save the season the strike would've been averted. We were also hoping that if this game went long enough it would be the last game of the year. Turns out a game in Seattle ended about 45 minutes after this one did. This was also the last time I saw Fernando Valenzuela pitch.

Bob P
September 11, 2003

One more bit of trivia about this game...it was the final major league game for Kevin McReynolds, Jeff McKnight, Jim Lindeman, Mauro Gozzo, and Roger Mason. All of those players got into tonight's game for the Mets.

Also, former Mets Daryl Boston (Yanks), Bill Pecota (Braves), and Randy Milligan (Expos) played their final games on this date.

Shickhaus Franks
November 25, 2007

After the game, this is where Bobby Bum told Ch. 7's Art McFarland (I always felt sorry for Art) to "Make His Move". Yet another "feel good" moment in Mets Misery er I mean History.

sportsfan8690
June 16, 2009

This game was the last game before the players turned their backs on the fans and went on strike and wiped out the rest of the season as well as all of the postseason. It was on my 23rd birthday as well. Nice birthday present to go on strike. Since I now live in South Florida, I did go to the Marlins-Cardinals game that night knowing it might be the last of baseball for 1994 and it was.

Also the Mets did finish at 55-58 which to me was not too bad of a record considering how disastrous it was the last year in 1993.

June 21, 1995 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 2
Anthony
September 4, 2003
I was at this night game with my dad, mom, and grandma (dad's mother). I believe it was the same day as my sixth grade class graduation. It was an awful game.

I remember I got Phillies outfielder Tom Marsh's autograph, and he hit two homers in the game. That has happened before with me, such as when I got Moises Alou's autograph at a game in 1994. He ended up whacking two homers in that game, including a bomb that I believe went as high as the upper deck. Bobby Jones started this game, and did not do bad. He only gave up a total of four runs in seven innings. They were not all earned.

My grandma said how she remembers me trying to auction off our season tickets during the game because of how they had been playing. What a graduation gift for the Mets to give me that night, LOL! This was the third game of a four-game series in which the Mets would be swept. The Phillies had been playing awesome baseball.

As for the Mets, this was one of the seasons Dallas Green was managing. Need I say more? But, the game was still fun in a way.

Bob P
September 13, 2003

Anthony, look at it this way...you were there for 40% of Tom Marsh's career home runs! Marsh finished his career with five homers in 93 career games, all with the Phillies.

August 10, 1995 Veterans Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Jon
January 7, 2003
This was the first game I attended after the strike (I had intended to sit out the entire '95 season but didn't quite make it). Back then, Juden v. Pulsipher promised a match-up of Future All-Stars, not of Future Washed-Up Nut-Jobs.

Jose Vizcaino had the big hit when the Mets batted around against Heathcliffe Slocumb in the 10th.

September 17, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Michael
February 18, 2011
It rained ALL morning on this Sunday and no one thought the game had a prayer of getting played, but Pete Flynn said that there was a window to play and the game got in. Maybe 5,000 people showed up as Rico Brogna continued his red hot play and hit 2 more homers as the Mets continued to close the 1995 season playing VERY good baseball.

July 3, 1996 Veterans Stadium
Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Bob P
March 4, 2004
Rookie OF Alex Ochoa had five hits in this game and hit for the cycle. He had two doubles among the five hits.

Ochoa was the only Met to get five hits in a game in 1996. The next time a Met had five hits in a game was more than three years later--in August of 1999--when Edgardo Alfonso had six hits (including three homers) against the Astros.

Witz
September 2, 2008

I remember watching this game and being pissed off when Huskey was removed from the game late needing only a double for the cycle--especially when hios turn came up one more time in the game! I have never bothered to confirm it, but I am guessing no team has ever had two guys hit for the cycle in one game.

September 19, 1996 Veterans Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Ed K
February 2, 2009
First MLB homer by Rey Ordonez.

September 29, 1996 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 5
Anthony
December 22, 2008
I remember this game quite well. I was in junior high. My mom took my two good friends and I. Both loved to rag on me about the Mets; one of them was a big Yanks' fan at the time and now, ironically, is a Met lover who hates the Yanks. As I remember, we got there around the third inning. Nothing about the game excited me being that they had already clinched a 90-loss season. We stayed after the game and went near the Mets' dugout so we could try to catch any of the various items that the players traditionally throw into the stands after the last game. One of my friends was lucky to catch a batting glove. Other than that, a depressing end to a very depressing stretch of six seasons. Of course, we all know what the Yanks' did that October.

September 8, 1997 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 13, Mets 4
Jimrat
October 9, 2008
This was the last game witnessed by original Met Richie Ashburn. He broadcast the game on TV for the Phillies, which he had been doing for 35 years, and died of a heart attack the following morning. Whitey's life ended with a '62-style lopsided Mets' loss that, as a genuine Phillie, he didn't have to feel bad about.

R.I.P. Richie.

September 15, 1997 Veterans Stadium
Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Mike
February 9, 2009
If I remember correctly, Butch hit a home run into the upper deck in this game, one of the few to do so at the Vet.

September 16, 1997 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
Kevin
April 28, 2006
I hate the Mets. Go Phils.

Anyhow, I was at this game. Schilling got his 300th K of the year on Alfonzo, but something that sticks in my mind even more was a tremendous catch made by Phils RF Tony Barron on an all-out dive where he landed right on his chest on the rock hard Vet turf. Not only was it spectacular, but it preserved a no-hitter at the time, which Schilling lost in the 8th.

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

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

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

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

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

SCOTT R
March 1, 2006

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

Tom M.
July 28, 2006

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

Ed K
March 13, 2008

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

Joseph Tyson
January 14, 2011

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

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

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

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

Dan the Man
April 28, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shickhaus Franks
January 24, 2007

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

May 15, 1999 Veterans Stadium
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 7
metsfanmo
September 26, 2000
When I was at this game Al Leiter was getting shelled but I told my friend don't worry they'll come back and they did. I think Pat Mahomes had a triple in this game.

Michael Leviton
March 25, 2001

The Phillies got out to an early lead; 6-0, I believe. The Mets kept clawing back and really would have blown the game wide open had not Mike Piazza lined into a hit-and-run triple play. I had to explain to my kids what had happened. First triple play I had ever seen in the flesh. Maybe in another 40 years I'll get to see a no-hitter. Ah, probably not if I watch the Mets. Anyway, Mahomes shut down the Phillies for about 4 innings in relief. And since the Phillies were so terrible, about half the fans in Veterans Stadium were Mets fans.

Bob P
August 6, 2004

As mentioned in March 2001 by Michael Leviton, Mike Piazza hit into a triple play in this game.

It was the 30th triple play in the history of the Phillies, and ten of them have come against teams from New York City! It was just the second triple play in the history of Veterans Stadium.

Ed K
August 18, 2005

Alfonso and Olerud were the baserunners in the triple play. They and Ed Kranepool and Roy McMillan are the only four Mets to serve as baserunners and as fielders in triple plays involving the Mets.

RSB
July 12, 2006

I drove down to Philly with a friend on a whim to see this game - got there just as the first inning ended. For some reason, I don't remember the triple play, only that it was up to that time the longest 9 inning game played by the Mets.

May 21, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Lee
May 9, 2005
One day after Ventura hit his famous grand slams in both games of a doubleheader, the Mets played the Phillies and, as I watched from my field level seats, though he didn't pick up where he left off, Piazza and Olerud each blasted homers and the Mets won 7 -5.

May 23, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Dan
August 3, 2000
Such a huge win during this season! My girl and I sat through a drizzly, boring eight innings in which the Mets only had one hit off of Curt Schilling. We were prepared to accept the inevitable: a lackluster loss. We were not prepared to see the boys raise from the dead and put a five-spot up in the bottom of the 9th. There were inplausible, goofy events in that half-inning, such as TWO hit batsmen. Then, Johnny O. laced a single to left-center and Roger Cedeno raced home and scored just under the tag. I stood there, mouth agape, trying to comprehend what we just witnessed. It was, in a word, amazing!

Lee
July 4, 2004

What a game! I was sitting behind home plate, a little bit on the third base side. I watched Curt Schilling totally befuddle the Mets lineup through 8 innings and it was 4-0 Phillies so I walked out and got in the car and we put it on on the radio and then I heard what was happening. The Mets were coming back! First, Robin Ventura hits a two-run shot to make it 4-2. The Mets get a few more base hits, score a run, and John Olerud steps up with the game at 4-3 and two outs and lines a base hit into left field, the tying run scores, and Cedeno slides in safe!

Paul R
May 24, 2006

It's because I left early from this game (we wanted to catch the bus home) that I never leave games early anymore. We figured that Schilling pitched so well that a 4-0 deficit would be hard to overcome. We were wrong, and while we waited outside Shea for the bus that never came, happy fans went out of Shea proclaiming the miraculous win. I remember feeling bad for having left but that win was the first of many great things for that season. Also watching the last regular season home game against the Pirates made up for having missed this classic.

September 17, 1999 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 5
Lee
May 12, 2005
This was one of those September losses when the Mets were in the playoff race that made you sick to your stomach. It was the night before Rey Ordonez's big night with his grand slam and the Mets 8-5 loss to the Phillies made me think the Mets would just miss making the playoffs, just like the year before. And I thought I was made sick to my stomach by that game: I brought my friend to the game and he ate helmet fries (that's what they used to have at Shea where they'd put fries in a plastic Mets batting helmet and give them to you) and then he threw up.

September 18, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Lee
July 13, 2004
I watched this game on TV and I remember it because the Mets killed the Phils 11-1 and because, in this game, Rey Ordonez stepped up and hit what seemed to be the only homer of his career and it was a grand slam!

Bob P
August 20, 2004

And it was RHP Carlton Loewer who will go down in history as the only pitcher to give up a grand slam to Rey Ordonez!

September 19, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Lee
June 23, 2004
I was at this game against the Phillies and both starters, Kenny Rogers and Paul Byrd, were horrible, but Cedeno, Olerud, and Piazza homered and the Mets won 8-6.

Michael
August 9, 2010

Dont have much memory of this game...except I do remember VIVIDLY the crowd chanting "BEAT ATLANTA" with 2 outs in the 9th inning, as the Mets were off to Atlanta after this game for a showdown for first place. Sadly that didn't turn out well.

But a nice memory.

September 24, 1999 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
Lynne Grahe
December 19, 2003
This was the game that I thought my son, Joe Grahe, would be on his way to really making it back to the big leagues after shoulder surgery twice and numerous other obstacles. But, lo and behold, this was not the case. Having his shoulder feeling great, the old elbow started really hurting. So as not to have to have the Tommy John surgery, Joe elected to finally retire from baseball. He had fought his way back to the major leagues after having to start with the the lowest of the leagues, Bangor, Maine and the Nashua Pride in New Hampshire.

So this game is really special to me and I thank you for being able to still go into the site and read about it.

Jared K
September 11, 2005

Well Lynne, your son pitched a damn good game against us that night. I got tickets from my rabid Phillies fan uncle for my birthday, and I made the trip to the Vet to meet him there. This was one of those games where Bobby Valentine tried to get too cute with things, tried to fix things when they weren't broke, so to speak. He yanked Masato Yoshii after the 7th inning, when he was pitching great. In rare poor performances, Wendell and Cook both struggled. Then Mr. Agita (Armando Benitez) blew the game for us. My uncle let me hear it all the way out of the stadium. I was never so pissed after a game. I remember both Cincinnati and Atlanta won that night, and as I was walking back to my car, I thought it'd be another collapse like the year before. Luckily, that wasn't the case and the Mets got that Wild Card in the end!

M Greentree
June 16, 2010

Phillies fan here. Even though I'm the enemy, I do enjoy reading about Phils-Mets memories from the opposing point of view so to speak

I went to this game with my then-girlfriend. I was 19 at the time. I usually like to get to the ballpark at least an hour before the game starts, but on this night we got stuck in a massive traffic jam (Bruce Springsteen was playing across the street at the Spectrum that same night) and didn't arrive until the fourth inning. I thought that was a bit ironic because my girlfriend was always running late, but this time she was early and we end up sitting in traffic three hours for what was normally about a 30-45 minute drive

Anyhow, it was a well-pitched game by both Joe Grahe and Masato Yoshii. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Bobby Abreu hit a game-tying double off Armando Benitez, then Mike Lieberthal hit a bloop single to score Abreu with the decisive run. Grahe got his only win as a Phillie, Scott Aldred worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his only save as a Phillie.

The Phillies went on to sweep that series, one of the rare highlights from the end of what for a while was a promising 1999 season. The Phils had been within striking distance of the Mets and Braves into early August, but then Scott Rolen and Curt Schilling got hurt, Paul Byrd came crashing back to earth after an incredible first half, and that was the end of that. From August 7 on, the Phillies went 16-37. That three-game sweep was the only time during that span the Phils won more than two games in a row.

September 26, 1999 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
Lee
July 13, 2004
I remember this game very well because it was the only time that I went to another city to see the Mets play. This game was in Philadelphia and the Mets, in my mind, had to win this game if they were to have any shot at winning the wild card. It was a pretty good game and it was 3-2 in the ninth and then the Mets rallied and I thought they might win and it was bases loaded, 1 out, and Rickey Henderson was coming up and all the Met fans in the park were cheering and then they brought someone up to pinch hit (I forgot who) and they all booed but then Henderson came back out of the dugout and they all cheered again but then Rickey grounded into a double play to end the game. So much for that.

April 10, 2000 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 7
TS
April 20, 2005
I got the crap kicked out of me at this game (in the 700 level). It was the Phillies home opener and when Mickey Morandini got a standing ovation, I proceeded to start SCREAMING about how much he sucked. (I was way too drunk.) Nevertheless (and even due to all the food being thrown at me) nothing deterred me from talking junk about Mickey the whole game.

Finally, I said really loudly, "You know, it just figures that Philly fans love this guy so much. They are losers just like him. The guy gets one lousy hit in the NLCS and..."

BAMN, I got hit with a nice right hook to my jaw. GAME OVER.

June 21, 2000 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 5
BRIAN
November 14, 2001
Jesus Benitez sucks!!!!!!He blew the game Ventura hit a two run single in the bottom of the 8th inning.Piazza hit a two home run in the 1st inning. I can't believe it.

P Gola
October 29, 2010

I have a ticket stub from this game, so I went but don't remember anything.

But from looking at the box score the lethal combination of Franco, Benitez and RichRod giving up 5 runs in the ninth means I've blocked it out of my subconscious.

September 23, 2000 Veterans Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Jared K
September 3, 2005
This was a great day. We went down to Philly after my father's 25th high school reunion. He, his best friend from high school, and I met my uncle down at the Vet. He's probably one of the most rabid Phillie fans there is. He got us tickets directly behind home plate for my birthday, four rows back. He was yelling like crazy at the Mets players.

My best memory was when he was calling out Edgardo Alfonzo for not hurrying to the plate fast enough and taking too much time out of the batter's box between pitches. Alfonzo slams this massive upper deck homer, and as he's circling the bases, coming around third, he's staring down my uncle the whole way down the line until he reaches the dugout. My uncle shut up the rest of the game.

Hampton had his good stuff that night, and his performance kept the winning momentum going.

September 24, 2000 Veterans Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Phil Theigou
September 25, 2003
Two things stick out in my mind for this game, 1) Timo hits his first major league home run as an inside the parker, and 2) the first time I noticed that Armando Benitez was not a reliable closer. Not to mention the stupid Phillies fans kept doing that stupider cheer for the Eagles. Still an exciting game and a prelude of what was to come in 0ctober.

Kevin Gillespie
November 18, 2009

What I remember about this game was the Perez inside the park home run when the centerfielder fell and all of us Met fans chanting Tuesday night because the Braves were coming to town and we still had a chance at the division at that point. This chant got the Philly fans chanting about the Eagles.

May 28, 2001 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
plantm
June 30, 2009
Piazza hit a homer off Jose Mesa to tie this one in the 9th, but Pat Burrell hit a two-run shot off Benitez to win it in the 10th.

APetrie
May 30, 2013

Another Met killing by Pat the Bat.

June 6, 2001 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 1
Jared K
October 4, 2005
Ahh, yet another one of my infamous Mets- Phillies games I attended down in Philly with my crazy rabid Phillies fan uncle. Usually he gets us great seats, but these seats were way back in right field, couldn't even see half the field. Good thing too, the way the Mets played that day.

The Phillies got a complete game win from some second rate scrub named Amaury Telemaco. Glendon Rusch got hammered early and often in the middle innings. The only other thing I remember from this suckfest was when Desi Relaford fielded a ball and tried to make this limp-wristed backhand shuffle manuever to Rey Ordonez on a double play ball. Of course it went into center field. How he didn't get charged for an error was beyond me.

This was the only time I ever left a non-blowout baseball game early. As I was leaving, I knew right there that the Mets had NO shot of getting back to the Series that year!!

July 21, 2001 Veterans Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Won Doney
July 22, 2001
I thought the world was going to end because I saw Rey Ordonez hit a home run.

July 22, 2001 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
Bob P
August 20, 2004
Bobby Abreu homered leading off the bottom of the eighth off John Franco to give the Phillies a 3-2 win. The homer was the first by a left-hand batter off Franco since September 22, 1993 when Dave Clark did it for the Pirates.

July 28, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Mets2Moon
June 17, 2005
The day after the Wendell/Cook for Chen deal, Wendell comes in to pitch the 9th for Philly, hangs a slider to Ventura and Robin smoked it out of the ballpark for the Game Winner.

Mike
May 15, 2013

I came up with some friends from Tampa to visit a buddy who lived in Jersey. His mom surprised us all with tickets. It was my first baseball game outside of the dome that is Tropicana Field. I remember getting to the game and parking in our seats in the right field bleachers. I didn't explore the stadium much. I was 20 years old. Alcohol wasn't involved; I was just there for the game. I vividly remember the Ventura home run, and I got to witness "the apple." Luckily I have a photo from our seats, and it instilled a bug in me to visit more stadiums. Since, I have been to eight other parks, notably old Yankee, Wrigley, and most recently, Fenway. But there was something about Shea.

July 29, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Jon
January 9, 2011
Nice Sunday at the park. Shinjo hit a 2-run homer in the 8th and Piazza a walkoff bomb off Rheal Cormier to the back of the visiting bullpen. Nelson Figueroa started this game for the Phils.

August 29, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Nick
July 6, 2012
Very exciting game. The only Mets-Phillies game I went to. Shea was very energetic for the game. Mets got off to a good start but Phillies fought back. Thank God Benitez saved that game so I won't go home dissapointed.

May 21, 2002 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 0
Shickhaus Franks
August 23, 2006
This was the night when Mike Piazza had his now famous pre-game press conference where he told the world that he's 100% STRAIGHT, END OF STORY!!!!

May 23, 2002 Veterans Stadium
Mets 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
metsfanmo
September 14, 2002
Mark Johnson hit a pinch hit single in the top of the ninth inning to give the Mets the 1-0 win. Trachsel pitched a gem and couldn't get the win.

July 12, 2002 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 8
Jon
January 11, 2011
Fireworks Night. Scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but left the tying and winning runs on base when Cedeno grounded into a force play to end it.

August 31, 2002 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 1, Mets 0
Bob P
August 20, 2004
Randy Wolf pitches a four-hit shutout and Jimmy Rollins drives in the only run of the game in the eighth inning off Steve Trachsel as the Mets lose their thirteen consecutive home game. The Mets also become the first team in National League history to go through an entire calendar month without winning a home game.

September 1, 2002 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 5
Anthony
May 27, 2003
This is probably the only time I have said I am sorry that I attended a game. It was a rainy day and it was a college-related trip going to this game. Hardly anyone went and the ones who did were hardly baseball fans. My roommate and I decided to go. It was rainy and cold and we sat in the upper deck. It had to be one of the worst outing I have seen my favorite player, Al Leiter, have. It was a meaningless game and it seemed he or any of the players just did not want to be there. I ran into some older guy outside the concession stands named Don and we talked baseball. I asked if he was married and he said, "I am married to baseball." I have had a lot of bad luck with girls so I thought I had seen a future version of myself. Other than that, this game sucked. They even played "Who Let the Dogs Out?" when Armando Benitez came in for mop-up work.

September 8, 2002 Veterans Stadium
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 3
metsfanmo
September 14, 2002
Why do the Mets always play their best when they are totally out of it? Ty Wigginton and Vance Wilson each hit home runs and Roger Cedeno was 3- 4 with a stolen base. Everything went right for the Mets in this game. If only they could have played like this in August.

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

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

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

Joe From Jersey
December 3, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 31, 2003 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 1
Matt
February 28, 2011
This was my first Mets game, I was nine. I can remember the first time walking into Shea and being amazed. I also met Al Leiter and Jason Phillips. The sad part was this is where Jose Reyes' rookie season came to an end with the injury at the end of the game.

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

June 2, 2004 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3
metsfanmo
June 19, 2004
Todd Zeile hit a 3 Run Home Run to tie the game and hit a go ahead Home Run in the 10th to account for all 5 of the Mets runs in this 5-3 win over the Phillies.

David
June 14, 2004

Zeile comes up huge again first hitting a three run homer to tie it then hitting a two run homer to win it. Quite a week for Zeile. Glavine was pretty solid for the Mets.

July 15, 2004 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Mets2Moon
June 17, 2005
Nice game, at a point in time where the Mets were still in the thick of things, and there was a certain Buzz in the air in what was the first game of the second half of the season.

Trachsel and Milton dueled it out early on. Neither team had a hit through 3 innings. Reyes and Matsui had back to back doubles to start the 4th though, and then Trachsel himself singled home a run in the 5th.

Trachsel had his good stuff this night. Had a no-hitter into the 5th inning, but he ran out of steam quickly, and was gone after Abreu hit a 2-run HR in the 6th to tie the game up.

And so it went. Zeroes through the late innings as each team's bullpen did an admirable job. Looper got out of a couple of jams in the 9th and 10th, but the Mets couldn't break through against Madson in their half of those innings.

Meanwhile, in the Upper Deck, the Philly fans surrounding me began to get more and more annoying, as they nicknamed all of their players.

"LET'S GO, LIE-BEE!"

Lie-bee?

"TAKE HIM OUT, J-ROL!"

J-Rol?

Philly put Roberto Hernandez in to start the 11th. He walked Piazza, followed by Uncle Art pinch running for him with Vance Wilson. This prompted my friend to turn into John McEnroe. "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!" he yelled.

After a Floyd single and a walk to Spencer, the bases were loaded for Wigginton. 1 out.

"COME ON, MADSON, LET'S GET OUT OF IT!" the Philly fans yelled.

Some fans. They didn't even pay attention to who was pitching.

Wiggy lined a comebacker that Hernandez made a kick save on, picked it up, and threw a palm ball home which "Lie-bee" couldn't handle. Vance scored, and the Mets had a niifty little win, and I got to whoop it up in front of the Philly fans.

How fleeting it would be...

September 4, 2004 Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Mets 0
plantm
July 9, 2009
Three-hit shutout for Cory Lidle, who also hit a bases-clearing double off Al Leiter in the second inning.

September 11, 2004 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 11, Mets 9
Howard Fein
October 27, 2004
The day started on an emotional note with a touching pre-game ceremony acknowledging the third anniversary of the dreadful terror attacks. For a long time it looked as if the Mets were going to coast to a rare and easy victory, holding a 6-2 lead through the sixth inning. Then the Phillies began scoring off the belaguered bullpen (WHY would Looper be brought out for a five-inning save?!) but the Mets kept tying the score. The crowd, frustrated by the home team's inability to put away the game, was energized by Billy Wagner's ejection for brushing back Cliff Floyd in the bottom on the ninth. Then the Mets tied the score at 9, forcing extra innings. Unfortunately, the Mets' momentum was shot after that; they got on base numerous times in the tenth through twelfth innings to no avail. Tired, hungry and fed up with the many time-consuming pitching changes, we left at the end of the twelfth with the score still tied. As soon as we got the car and turned on the radio, the Phillies had an 11-9 lead. At least we got to see Victor Diaz's first hit and RBIs.

Jim Snedeker
October 14, 2004

This game, played on the third anniversary of 9-11, saw a final score of 11-9.

After nine innings, both teams had 9 runs and 11 hits.

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

Mets2Moon
April 21, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

Lee
April 28, 2005

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

Lee
April 27, 2005

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

Putbeds 1986
April 28, 2006

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

Tyler O
April 1, 2014

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

May 3, 2005 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 3
Mets2Moon
June 17, 2005
Let's just pretend I was never at this game. In fact, let's just say this game never happened.

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

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

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

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

Anthony R
October 13, 2005

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

Lee
February 26, 2006

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

Dan H.
January 6, 2007

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

Jon
January 14, 2011

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

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

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 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.

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.

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 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!

April 9, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Shickhaus Franks
April 15, 2007
Coldest Mets game I've ever been to as I sat in the Upper Deck Reserve (Section 27) and I was in the shade for the entire game. Gave Cowbell Man a big high 5 before I entered Shea and the fans gave Jimmy Rollins many pleasant "greetings" and then some!!! The comeback in the 8th was great and thank goodness that Wags gave us a 1-2-3 get the job done in the 9th. A wonderful home opener. P.S. Can't wait for the warmer weather so the many Mets fans (especially the attractive female ones) don't have to dress up like ROBOCOP.

John T Greenpoint
April 10, 2007

JIMMY ROLLINS Thank you sooo much for your generous gift in the 8th inning. I guess that's what happens when you open your BIG MOUTH! John Maine wasn't his sharp self today, walking six in just over 4 innings of work. But the bullpen held them off till the 8th. David Wright just missed a grand slam in the 8th by 6 inches, and now has a 19 game hitting streak dating back to last season. Just a well played game by the Mets. You just knew that in the 8th inning when the first 2 guys got on that this game was going to be a Mets victory. Once again Thanks JIMMY!

April 17, 2007 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 1
John T Greenpoint
April 17, 2007
I will say this once and only once: the Phillies are done; put a fork in them. They got mashed by the Mets tonight 8-1. They didn't even know there were 3 outs and remained on the field. LOL. They didn't hustle or play heads up baseball. I understand it was cold but this Phillies team just looks like they have given up. Have fun Phillie fans battling the Nationals for last place!

June 5, 2007 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 2
John T Greenpoint
June 6, 2007
Tough loss to swallow. Reyes getting caught stealing in the 7th is the difference. Mets need to start hitting in the clutch a little bit more. Beltran is in a horrid slump. Thank goodness our starting pitching is as good as it gets.

June 6, 2007 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 2
Amit
June 7, 2007
This game made me sick. After an outstanding performace by El Duque, Heilman gives it up in the 7th. I have to admit that I was not surprised; Heilman is making a habit of blowing games for us this year (He blew 2 earlier leads against Atlanta). To make things worse, the Mets get runners on 2nd and 3rd and no one out in the bottom of the 7th and don't score. This game really hurt!! Mets must rid themselves of Heilman.

June 7, 2007 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 3
John T Greenpoint
June 8, 2007
I was at this game and got to sit right to the left of the Mets on deck circle under the screen. FRONT ROW BABY!!! I have 1 question for Willie Randolph? Why do you continue to put Schoeneweis in CLOSE GAMES? The man has a severed tendon in his left leg. 3 games in a row he used Schoeneweis in this Philly Series. I just don't understand the logic.

henry (metsjets) Indictor
February 17, 2010

I remember that Carlos Delgado, David Wright and Paul LoDuca hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in this game. But after David Wright went deep LoDuca waiting on deck pointed out to the umpire that David Wright hit one out, because the umpire didn't see the ball go over the fence. But then the plate umpire had a conference and decided that it was a home run. But an angry Charlie Manuel disagreed by arguing with the first base ump and got ejected.

June 30, 2007 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 3
John T Greenpoint
July 1, 2007
Finally these 2007 Mets are looking a lot like the 2006 team did. Beltran just devoured the Phillies in this game. 2 Home Runs an outstanding catch in center field. Mets will look for the sweep on Sunday.

August 28, 2007 Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 2
Amit
August 31, 2007
Its like dejavu all over again. Remember that series in early June at Shea between the Phillies and Mets. The bullpen blows late leads 2 games in a row and the Phillies Sweep. Same deal here. Glavine goes 7 scoreless, and the bullpen shows its inability once again to hold a lead. This is by far the Mets biggest weakness going into the playoffs (if they make it). That being said, if Mets can take the last 2 of this series they build their lead over Philly back to 6 games. Lets hope they do

September 14, 2007 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Mets 2
Perry Gershon
October 8, 2007
This is where the crash and burn all started. Paul Emmel actually is the guy to focus on. Bottom third inning, Jose Reyes called out looking after being up 3-0. He took three questionable strike calls and got into fight with ump.

Later in game, Mets up 2-0 and same ump gave some calls to Chase Utley. Glavine then grooved one that Utley hit - tie game.

Bottom ninth, LoDuca and Paul Emmel went at it and LoDuca ejected. DiFelice drops bunt in 10th, Heilman throws ball away, and Phils score, Mets lose.

Next day Reyes got thrown out twice in game. May not have stolen another base. Sunday he makes critical error.

Season over.

Henry (metsjets) Indictor
April 19, 2010

This is when I started to think that such a good season was about to get ruined. I still wish I saw one of these games. I've never seen the Mets play Philly. One day it will happen.

September 15, 2007 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
Mark from Staten Island
September 28, 2010
As my Mets flounder again this season and the Phillies capture another East division crown I put a circle around this game as the tipping point for the Mets downfall and the Phillies rise to fortune.

The Mets were cruising as Pedro was lights out but the Mets could not put the Phillies away. Reyes made some bone head plays. They let the Phillies hang around and blew the game...the rest is history- sadly!

September 16, 2007 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 6
Henry (metsjets) Indictor
March 31, 2010
That was awesome seeing David Wright make the 30-30 club. 2007 really was his year compared to 2009

April 8, 2008 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 2
Steve
April 9, 2008
Last Opener at Shea turns out to be a continuation of last season. A small lead. The offense goes to sleep and the bullpen melts down. It started with Perez not getting out of the 6th. It looks as though this team will not be able to win even with Santana. What a shame.

Shickhaus Franks
April 9, 2008

ALMOST had tickets for the last home opener at Shea Stadium but my friend DIDN'T get them from his boss. (He would of given them to me had he got them.) SIGH!!! Had to watch the game on SNY. I'll definitely be there for other games this season but to miss out on this historic home opener will hurt for some time, even with the end result of another horrible Mets loss to those Philly Cheesesteak Inbreds.

Gets by Buckner
April 9, 2008

I was so pumped about this game. The last opener at Shea. The Train ride in from the LIRR had tons of Met fans, everyone was excited. Delgado hit one out in the second, the Mets added another run then...Schoeneweis came in and the walls came tumbling down. The Mets could not recover. I was at the previous three openers, all Met wins.

Matt
October 6, 2008

Worst game I ever went to.

April 9, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Amit Kamani
April 11, 2008
Finally a win against the Phillies. Mets offense scored 8 runs primarily thanks to Phillies awful defense in the 3rd inning. Thanks Eric Bruntlett. I though Pelfrey was decent through 5 innings. Hopefully he can start pitching deeper into games. Mets need Pelfrey to finally break through and realize his potential

April 10, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Mike F
April 11, 2008
I was at the game and donned the rally cap in the bottom of the 10th inning. Apparently the cameraman took notice and I was on TV for like 5 to 10 seconds according to the immediate text messages and calls I received! Too bad it took two more innings for the magic of the rally cap to take effect.

April 18, 2008 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 4
John t Greenpoint
April 20, 2008
What a pitching performance from Johan Santana! David Wright was 4 for 4 had a chance at the cycle and reached base in all 5 plate appearances. Mets are starting to erase the tension when playing the Phillies.

April 19, 2008 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
John T Greenpoint
April 20, 2008
Talk about an intense game. Mets go up 4-0 on a 2-run Home Run from Jose Reyes, but Phillies load the bases with 1 out in the 8th and Heilman strikes out Jenkins and Werth to keep the Met lead at 4-2. Wagner comes in and throws a 1,2,3 ninth inning. He remains to give up a hit on the season. So far the best game the Mets have played this year. And we are back in 1st place!

July 6, 2008 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Jose
July 7, 2008
Wow! What a crucial game. I didn't get to watch the whole game cause I left it in the bottom of the first when Ollie made Ryan Howard or Pat Burrell (I don't remember) pop up to end the bottom of the first. I was on my way to take the subway to go downtown to shop and hang out all day, but as soon as I came home I turned on the T.V. to check if the Mets won and by surprise the Mets were in the middle of a 3-hour rain delay and leading by one freaking run thanks to Carlos Beltran's solo shot.

I was kind of pissed off that the Mets were up by a run when they should have been winning by a couple more, but then Beltran in the top 9th with the clutch again driving in Jose Reyes from 3rd for the insurance run, I was saying "OK, now it's in the bag." Until Wagner blew it in the bottom of the ninth with one strike away to end it, I couldn't believe it.

The Mets bullpen was strong throughout extra innings and then the BIG HIT by Fernando Tatis with one on in the 12th, I jumped out of my chair with joy and almost hit my arms with the ceiling fan because of my height but I didn't freaking care cause the Mets took the lead and the Phillies sucked and Joe Smith nailed it down in the bottom of the 12th. GO METS! GREAT GAME!

July 7, 2008 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 9
Amit
July 8, 2008
I was pretty much about to throw up at the end of this game. I don't get SNY where I live so I have to periodically check ESPN for the Mets score. First they were up 8-0 and I was so happy thinking what a way to take 3 out of 4 from the first place Phillies. Then checked it again and it was 10-1, then 10-2, then 10-3, then 10-5. At this point I getting nervous because I knew the Mets still needed 6 more outs and getting 6 outs against the Phillies is not an easy task. Then 10-7 and Billy Wags coming in to seal the deal, 10-9. This is the point where I am just about to go into the bathroom to puke up when the final score flashes on the screen, Mets win 10-9! Love the fact the Mets took 3 out of 4 in this series and was also impressed by Pedro's bounce back start, however I would love to see Minaya go out and get some more bullpen help because last night really exposed a glaring weakness with this team.

Stu Baron
July 8, 2008

This game was eerily similar to that of 7/25/90, which the Mets also won, 10-9, in Philly...the Phillies scored 6 runs in the ninth inning of that one, prompting Bob Murphy's unforgettable, uncharacteristically risque exclamation, "The Mets win the ballgame! They win the damn thing by a score of 10-9!"

I was watching on TV, and I started thinking about the 1990 game when it was 10-3, and looked up the box score on here when it was 10-5.

July 22, 2008 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 6
Amit
July 23, 2008
Talk about a huge letdown!! Mets had no business losing this game. Even without Wagner the bullpen has to get those last 3 outs. There is no excuse for them blowing a 3-run lead. Kind of thought Santana could have stepped up an pitched the ninth inning but I don't even think he thought the bullpen could mess things up at that point. Mets gotta regroup and get the next one. As tough as this loss is, it is not a big deal when you look at the big picture. They are still only 1 game out with an opportunity to take the next 2 from the Phillies. Let's hope they do. GO METS!!

c2ckaraokejoe
July 24, 2008

The ghosts of 2007 and Willie LIVE! A 3-run lead and 3 outs until the Mets are alone in 1st place! Then they blow it by giving up SIX DAMN RUNS! THE METS SHOULD HAVE A THREE-GAME LEAD AFTER THURSDAY, NOT A ONE LOUSY GAME LEAD! Two days later this game still leaves me PISSED just like the one moronic Phillie fan near my section that night. The Mets SQUANDERED several chances (especially the 8th inning) to blow the game WIDE OPEN and with the bases loaded more than once! If the Mets blow it by one game like last year, this STINKER will have to rank up there with the 2007 finale! WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER LEAVING SHEA TUESDAY AND STILL A LITTLE AGITATED TODAY!

Phanatic
March 9, 2009

What a great game to have as my last at Shea. I know it stank for Mets fans, but I'll always remember this opportunity to hear the Shea boobirds try to emulate their rivals from down the Turnpike.

July 24, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Amit
July 24, 2008
Awesome win for the Mets!! Perez was once again "BIG GAME OLLIE" and Delgado came through again in the clutch. What I am most impressed about is the way this team responded after Tuesday night's loss which was the worst of the season. To come back and win this series is huge for them. I was extremely sorry to hear about Pedro's father who lost his battle with brain cancer. I can't imagine what it is like to lose your father. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

dan
July 24, 2008

Woke up just in time for the first pitch and was pumped by Oliver Perez's performance. In the bottom of the 8th the Mets did what Phillies could not do in the top of the inning and that was get the key hit and take the lead. In the 9th I wanted to see Rollins come up and I got my wish as he came up and made the last out that put the Mets alone in first.

August 26, 2008 Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Mets 7
Amit
August 27, 2008
Have to admit, was not surprised at the outcome of this game. Even after the Mets were leading 7-0 I just had a bad feeling that Philly would rally to make it interesting. Still gotta say though when Ayala had 2 out nobody on in the 9th I though the Mets had the game. Not sure how many more of these types of games the Mets can afford losing before it comes back to haunt them down the road. Some of the guys in that bullpen have provided absolutely nothing this year and really would like to see Minaya make some drastic changes for next year.

August 27, 2008 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3
P Gola
April 25, 2010
Drove down the Jersey Turnpike to see this one. Met up with my friend from school. We wore our Mets gear with pride in a sea of Phillies red. Johan was not his best early, and we took some heat from more than a few drunk Phillies fans. We turned the tables when Daniel Murphy hit a double during a 4-run rally in the 8th. We enjoyed celebrating the win at the New Vet or whatever they call it. Driving back from the game we were at a red light on Broad Street when the battered van next to us started honking the horn and yelling at us. Oh no I thought. Turns out it was full of celebrating Mets fans who saw our hats through the window; they were only looking for a party.

September 7, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Amit
September 8, 2008
BIG WIN for the Mets. They could not afford to get swept by the Phillies and Santana and Delgado made sure that did not happen. This is exactly why the Mets went out and got Santana. Big Games like this where they need a win. Anyways love the way this team is playing under Manuel and how about that bullpen. They have stepped it up since Wagner went down.

May 2, 2009 Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 5
ABK
May 2, 2009
Tough loss for the Mets but they did show some heart in this game. Gotta give the Phillies credit for the plays they made, Werth throwing the runner out at home and Taschner getting double play on Beltran. Ollie needs to go to the minors and figure out whats going on. Mets need him this year. Bullpen, with the exception of Green, did an outstanding job today.

Beltran is a mystery to me, great hitter but he tends to fall asleep in certain situations. Where was he in the 1st inning when Victorino hit the triple. If he had backed up the play Victorino may have been at second instead of at third. Although with the way Ollie pitched it probably would not have mattered.

Gotta admit my earlier posting was a little unfair. This team is not filled with losers, it is just that the losing is frustrating. This team is too good to be playing the way they are. Mets fans it is early and this team will eventually play better. Let's hope Maine can get us a series victory tomorrow.

May 6, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
ABK
May 7, 2009
Johan Santana seems to wow me every time he goes out there on the mound. The guy is money!! What a great start by Santana and gotta give props to Park who pitched really well in a pressure situation for him. But this game was all about Santana as he dominated one of the best offenses in the game. Mets got a break in the 7th inning as Feliz and Werth made bad plays on defense. Great hustle by Delgado to get Santana and the team a win. K-Rod was money once again in the ninth, but how about Feliciano in the 8th going through Rollins, Victorino, Utley and Howard. Clutch performance by him!! Good win for the Mets and they seem to be on a bit of a roll. Let's hope they can get the sweep behind Pelfrey on Thursday.

May 7, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 5
ABK
May 8, 2009
Great job by the Mets fininshing off the sweep of the Phils!! I like they way they did not settle for a split, they got the win in Game 1 behing Santana and took Game 2 in convincing fashion.

Pelfrey was good, 7 innings and only 3 runs against a very good offense. I am encouraged about the way he and Maine are improving start to start.

Offense was on tonight with Beltran, Wright, and Reyes going deep. Mets scored 4 in the first but did not stop there, they added on 3 more after that. That's important when you are playing the Phillies because they never quit. Can't blame Feliciano for giving up the 2 runs as the inning should have been over (terrible call by the 1st base umpire), plus the pitch to Werth was a pretty good pitch.

And finally K-ROD. This guy has been unbelievable for the Mets. Pitching in 3 straight games, he still went out there and got the job done. I can honestly say that the horrors of last years bullpen debacle are finally gone and we now have the best closer in the game. GO METS!

June 9, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Shickhaus Franks
June 18, 2009
Hopefully the schedule makers at SNY will make this an Ulti-Met classic and air it on Friday December 25th, 2009 after we have had our fill of the Yule Log, football and everyone telling Ralphie that he will shoot his eye out! Probably the most emotional roller coaster ride of a regular season game in Mets history with Citi Field becoming "Home Run Derby" and then some.

June 11, 2009 Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 3
ABK
June 12, 2009
Wow, back to back tough losses for the Mets. You look at this series and the Mets could have very well won all 3 games, but a lack of clutch hitting really doomed them. In Game 2 they had several opportunities to re-take the lead but could not find the big hit. And in Game 3, no add-on runs!! How many times have we seen this same movie with the Mets? They get an early lead and stop hitting. You can't do that against any team in the majors, but especially not against the Phillies who make their living it seems on rallying late in games.

Positives from the game:
1. Wright is starting to hit
2. Redding was exceptional in my opinion.

That's about it.

Now we are 4 games back and it is gut-check time. If the Mets have any chance this year these next few weeks are going to determine their fate. I think this weekend series against the cross-town Yanks is important because the Phillies have a tough series against the Red Sox in which they will have to face both Beckett and Lester. Mets need to try to get 1 or 2 games back and stay close until they get healthy again. By the way, after the loss to the Phillies Minaya announced that John Maine is going to the DL because of a dead arm. More injuries. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP??

APetrie
June 19, 2012

This game was played in the thickest, densest fog I've ever seen at a baseball game.

Ibanez hit a home run that I don't think has landed yet.

August 23, 2009 Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 7
The Big H
March 5, 2012
None out trailing by two in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded. Then, the one thing memorable about this game was about to happen: Francoeur ripped a line drive towards the middle. The second baseman caught it and somehow within about a second he tagged one runner and stepped on second base and the game was over. A bottom of the ninth "walk off" unassisted triple play. Francoeur looked a little upset and if the list of triple plays on the internet is right, that was the first time a home team suffered a loss with an unassisted triple play ever in baseball history.

August 24, 2009 Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 2
Shickhaus Franks
April 9, 2010
I went to this game at the last minute and bought a ticket sitting in the 300's and although I'm a hot dog person, I tried the Blue Smoke BBQ Ribs for the first time (Btw, EXCELLENT RIBS, the best I've ever had) and while enjoying the ribs I watched the dunk tank proceedings (The Mets and SNY need to put Julie Alexandria in the tank wearing a swimsuit and charge at least $2.00 for 3 throws and the proceeds would go to charity.) The game itself should be shown to every level of organized baseball on how NOT to play the game with guys not hustling, errors. Ryan Howard angered the Mets faithful by hitting 2 round trippers as I yelled "Test Him Now".

April 30, 2010 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 1
ABK
May 1, 2010
Nice win for the Mets, and now they have a great chance to win the series with Pelfrey going today and Santana tomorrow. Niese was tremendous going 7 strong and the offense did what it was supposed to do against a subpar pitcher. It is only April but this is a different team than years past. It is a better team and a better clubhouse and I love it. Mets can really make a statement today by beating Halladay but we all know that is going to be tough. Halladay is one of the best pitchers in the game. Hopefully Big PELF is on his game as well. GO METS!!

May 2, 2010 Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies 11, Mets 5
ABK
May 4, 2010
Well this series certainly did not end the way I expected it to. After the Mets won the opener I thought we would at least have won the series, but the Phillies did not just beat us in the last 2 games, they crushed our 2 best pitchers. I was in utter shock watching Santana get rocked in the 4th inning. It was an Ollie like performance from our best pitcher. It is amazing that Santana was 1 strike away from pitching a scoreless 4th inning and then all of a sudden the wheels came off. It has become obvious that Santana is not the dominant pitcher he was when he was in Minnesota. In any case, the Mets need to not allow this series to derail what they accomplished in the previous 10 games. Off to Cincy. Hope the Mets can get things going again.

May 26, 2010 Citi Field
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Shickhaus Franks
May 28, 2010
What a game!!! I was at the game (Section 106) and Jose Reyes ROCKS!!! Not only did he hit his first home run of 2010, he made a great leap for the final out of the game. Citi Field was rocking tonight as we ramped up the JOSE-JOSE-JOSE chant after a long absence and many Met followers including me yelled ("Chase Ugly", "You are Werthless" to Phillies RF Jason Werth, the "Philly STINKS" chant and when a cheesesteak and Tastykake eatin' Philly follower slandered the Amazins; I simply yelled "GO BLACKHAWKS" as they're the opponents for the FLYERS).

August 13, 2010 Citi Field
Mets 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Stu Baron
October 29, 2010
My second game sitting in the amazing Delta Club section, 15 rows from the field next to the Phillies dugout. Dickey was equally amazing - the only hit he gave up was a bloop single to Cole Hamels.

The score should have been 2-0, but the umps screwed up the call on their video replay review of Mike Hessman's homer. I'd never seen a review take that long - at least 6-7 minutes - and I'd never seen what resulted - a ground rule triple!

May 1, 2011 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Shickhaus Franks
May 8, 2011
On the diamond in South Philly; it was Mets 2 Phillies 1 in 14 innings but the MOST IMPORTANT outcome on this night would be: U.S. Special Ops 6, Osama Bin Laden DEAD, DEAD, DEAD!!!!!!

July 16, 2011 Citi Field
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Shane
March 5, 2012
As a Mets fan, this game was great, from the ball that dropped in the bottom of the first inning to the Scott Hairston bomb in the bottom of the seventh, but the best part was taunting the annoying Phillies fans once the game was over. The best Mets win of the 2011 season right there, folks.

September 24, 2011 Citi Field
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Shickhaus Franks
March 5, 2012
My first Mets game in 2 months due to my illness and it was a great day! It all started when I got off the 7 train and there was the New York Lottery booth and guess who was signing autographs? Yolanda Vega!!! She's much more beautiful in person than she is on TV. (In my opinion, Yolanda would look amazing in a floral print bathing suit.)

It looked like a 60% chance of rain but it didn't even drizzle at all. There were way too many rude and crude Phillies fans. (They kept saying "The Mets are going home" etc.) but I shot back by saying "The only good things about Philly are ECW wrestling, Rocky Balboa and college basketball."

Our own Crash Davis, aka Val Pascucci, tied the game with a crushing HR and then David Wright got the game-winning hit as the Mets won 2-1. I was gonna stay for game 2 that night but me, my friend Kathy and her son Adam were all tired from a lot of things that have gone on lately. A nice last season victory over those cheese-steak-eating bums. (WE PREFER NATHANS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.)

September 25, 2011 Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Mets 4
I.M.Mets#1fan
January 23, 2012
This was my last game of the 2011 campaign. It only makes sense that they lost because in the games that I went to this year, the Mets were 1-5. Still, I got to see some call-ups like Val Pascucci, Josh Satin, and Dale Thayer. I hope I'll have better luck next year.

May 7, 2012 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Hot Foot
May 15, 2012
Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch hit three-run homer in the top of the ninth off Papelbon for his first major league hit and home run in this one.

July 5, 2012 Citi Field
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Steve S
September 25, 2012
This was the best Mets game I have ever been to in my 12 years of being a fan. Citi was was absolutely rocking that night. Mets down a run down to their last strike multiple times and they never gave up until Wright got the walk-off single! The real fun that you'll never see on TV is how much the Mets fans heckled the Phillies fans. After 5 years of abuse from the Phillies, Mets fans finally got to have some revenge. We were walking down the stairs screaming LAST PLACE PHILLIES and Phillies fans couldn't do anything but sulk outta NY. It was a great night that I'll never forget!

ANNETTE RACANIELLO
September 25, 2012

My entire family, well, 14 of us went to the game. My parents, in their eighties, down to their grandchildren in their teens. We got to watch a great game that had everything: R.A. Dickey pitching, not his best, but good enough; home runs by David Wright and Scott Hairston; and then an amazing come-from-behind win with a walk-off bases loaded single in the ninth inning. It was the Mets at their 50 year best. My parents received congratulatory calls when the Mets won the 1969 World Series. Lets Go Mets!

September 20, 2012 Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies 16, Mets 1
Shickhaus Franks
February 13, 2013
This was much worse than the Phillies 26-7 blowout in June 1985, at least they were a pretty good team at the time. This game was a makeup game from a Tuesday rainout with maybe a few thousand diehards in the stands. They moved the radio broadcast to WBBR-1130 because the N.Y. Giants game was on WFAN. Poor Jeremy Hefner couldn't even get one out; they used everyone in the bullpen except for Pete Falcone, Dennis Cook and Oliver Perez LOL. I'll bet you dollars to donuts that this will NOT be a Mets Classic; in fact they'll probably burn any evidence of this fiasco (even Mike Baxter's token HR) but when the New York Mets go back into the postseason in 2013 (Just look at Oakland and Baltimore this year) Mets fans will look back on Sept 20, 2012 as the low point in the Sandy Alderson era!




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