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April 15, 1966 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Mr. T
July 8, 2003
A few memories stick out...Aaron put on a superb BP session...At least 10 went yard...Mets were still in the game in the late innings when a single to right exposed the arm of rookie Cleon Jones... His toss was air mailed to the plate 4 or 5 rows behind the Brave dugout which allowed the winning run to score.

April 16, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 1
David Block
October 8, 2002
This was my very first Mets game. I had barely turned 7. I had seen softball in Brooklyn schooyards and baseball on black and white TV, and I don't think I actually realized that baseball was played on grass! And the outfield was so HUGE compared to the infield! That was amazing! Anyway, Joe Torre hit .315 with 36 hrs that first year in Atlanta, Aaron had another 44 hrs, Felipe Alou had another 31 and hit .317, but I had no idea who any of those players were. All I knew was that the Mets were MY team, and therefore were the best team, and they won.

April 17, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
October 11, 2017
The Mets came from behind to beat the Braves. Ken Boyer hit a two-run double in the eighth inning for a tie and Ron Swoboda walked with the bases loaded to win it in the 9th. The victory put the Mets over .500 for the first time ever.

April 24, 1966 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 3
Bob P
May 24, 2006
In the second game of a doubleheader the Mets hand the Braves their first-ever loss in Atlanta. Mets starter Tug McGraw goes seven innings for his first win of the season. It was also Tug's first start of 1966.

Felipe Alou hit two homers in the game for the Braves, one off McGraw and one off Larry Bearnarth. Tug also gave up a solo homer to Dennis Menke.

With the Mets up 2-1 Tug was the first batter in the top of the seventh and drew a walk off Clay Carroll. One out later Tug came around to score after a Roy McMillan single and an error by Eddie Mathews. Ken Boyer hit a sac fly to drive in the fourth Mets run.

June 7, 1966 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 11, Mets 6
Bob P
January 23, 2004
Another day, another Mets loss..they dropped to 17-27. But of more historical value: on this day the Mets select catcher Steve Chilcott with the number one pick in the free agent draft. The A's, picking second, take Reggie Jackson.

Chilcott retired after six years in the minor leagues and never made it to the show...

June 16, 1966 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 17, Mets 1
Bob P
January 23, 2004
Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger drives in five runs as Atlanta wins easily. Cloninger is just getting warmed up: seventeen days later he hits two grand slams against the Giants and drives in nine runs.

Cloninger finished 1966 with five doubles, five homers, 23 RBIs, and a .234 average in 111 at bats. Try stacking Rey Ordonez' numbers against those!

August 28, 1966 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 4
Fan 5/31/64 - 8/11/94
March 29, 2005
I remember his game like it was yesterday. I couldn't sleep the night before and couldn't wait for the game. Our ace, Denis Ribant, was pitching. He was 4 games over .500 (unheard of previously). We had a chance to NOT finish last (gasp!). The Braves were starting some unknown rookie (which turned out to be Pat Jarvis, who had some success over the next few years). It didn't get better than this. (Well, I was 12.) Our ace got his clock cleaned early and another disappointing game was behind us.

The ace got traded the next year as did our only true hero, Ron Hunt. I was 12 and I needed a favorite player. It certainly wasn't going to be Tommy Davis or Ken Boyer, so I went with some rookie who pitched fairly well at Jacksonville in '66. That rookie went on to win 311 games and rarely disappointed us.

September 11, 1966 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 3
Ken S.
July 22, 2002
My first ever game at Shea! An eternally memorable day, even if the Mets did get clobbered!

Braves scored five in first off Ribant...Johnny Lewis made an over the wall catch in right field off Joe Torre(?) to prevent further damage...then- unknown Nolan Ryan made his major league debut in middle relief...I just missed catching a foul ball off the bat of Henry Aaron...ballpark looked gigantic to a very happy 7-year-old.

Feat Fan
April 1, 2004

One of the longest and most extraordinary careers began when a 19-year-old fireballer stood on a major league mound for the first time. Nolan Ryan struck out Pat Jarvis for his first career strikeout and he went on to leave batters wetting their pants for another 26 seasons.

He struck out 5,714 batters, threw seven no- hitters and won 324 games. He also pitched in seven presidential administrations -- Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton -- before retiring at age 46 in 1993.

Of course, the METS felt that a washed up Jim Fregosi would better fit their needs!

May 17, 1967 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
Ed K
April 15, 2011
Seaver may have been the first Met pitcher ever to get three hits in a game on this date, but he still lost the game. Doc Gooden (twice) and Chris Young are also Met pitchers who later got three hits in a game.

May 26, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
Dan Morrow
February 13, 2013
I remember the gritty performance of Dan Cardwell. Hank Aaron gets to second base late in the game and gets picked off! So exciting -it was a chilly wet night at Shea, I believe, but that could be another game. We went to so many Mets game because it was so affordable. We'd think nothing of jumping in the car in NJ and driving to Shea for a walk-up purchase. Went to more than 30 games in 1969!

Bob Immerman
October 4, 2015

This was the first game I ever attended at Shea Stadium. My father's workplace had purchased a block of tickets and we were recognized on the scoreboard. I was seven years old. Jerry Bucheck's home run was the only run of the game. It was a little chilly but not a rainy night as another fan recalled. None of us could believe that Don Cardwell pitched that well that night, and he didn't seem to be effective at all until late in the 1969 season when he was used in relief quite a bit.

Joe Balkoski
November 4, 2015

Fantastic game... Hank Aaron got picked off second with one out in the ninth, with the Mets up 1-0. Stunning. The game probably lasted under two hours, but I can't find anything in the box score or scorecard that provides the game length.

July 8, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Alan Aron
February 28, 2011
My most vivid memory of that game some 43+ years later was how rookie Tom Seaver struck out Henry Aaron on three perfect pitches in the eight inning for out number 2.

Mets were leading by a score of 4-2 and every fan had one foot in the aisle, since the Great Hank was coming up to bat.

I remember after the strikeout the crowd went crazy, but Tom looked at his infielders as if to say, "We're not done yet. I still have got to get four more outs to close this game out." To have that poise under pressure was impressive. I thought he'd be a good one one day.

As Mets fans we didn't get our hopes up too high back then. He had a better career than I thought.

July 9, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
Paul Ciccarelli
August 18, 2002
My fist major leauge game!! I'm looking for the box score. I know Hank Aaron played, but the only home run I remember hit was by Ed Charles!

Charlie O'Reilly
October 25, 2004

It was my first MLB game, too. To honor that, I went to The New York Times and pulled up the story and the box score in order to write up a Web page about ... you guessed it ... my first MLB game. I hardly remember it, as I was a few days shy of my 6th birthday, but here's how it happened. The game was tied 3-3 going to the 8th when Hank Aaron hit his 22nd homer of the season. In the bottom of the 9th, with two out and the Mets needing a big hit, Wes Westrum pinch- hit Jerry Buchek for Bud Harrelson (who was 4-for- 4 at the time). Buchek delivered a homer to tie the game, and the Braves pitchers (Dick Kelley and Claude Raymond) fell apart. The game ended on a bases-loaded walk to Ron Swoboda, on a 3-1 count.

August 18, 2011

My first game too. Were we sitting together in the section for kids attending their first game? I remember the 9th inning being exciting.

August 8, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
TOM from Tinton Falls
July 2, 2003
This is the first MLB game I ever attended and, as much as anything, is the reason I am a lifelong dyed-in-the-wool Mets fan. I was 7 years old. I don't remember much from when I was 7, but I remember this game! My dad was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, so with them gone to the West Coast I inherited no favorite team from Dad.

Playing for the Braves that day were Hank Aaron, Clete Boyer, Rico Carty, Felipe Alou, Joe Torre, Cecil Upshaw and Bob Uecker! Those guys didn't matter to me at age 7. My team had Ed Kranepool, who had a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the Mets' first run and scored the tying run in the same inning. We had Bob Johnson, who scored that first run and hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning. We had Bud Harrelson, the little skinny shortstop, who immediately became the favorite player of a little skinny 7-year-old.

I have the complete play-by-play account and box score from the game (from Retrosheet). For the record, the Mets won 3-2 after being held scoreless for 8 innings by Denny Lemaster. Upshaw blew the save for the Braves and Jay Ritchie took the loss. Aaron was 0-5, Torre was 0-5, Alou was 0-4, Boyer was 0-4 ... in fact the Braves got just 5 hits (Denis Menke 2, Woody Woodward 2, and Rico Carty 1). Bob Hendley started and Ron Taylor got the win for the Mets.

September 13, 1967 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
Ed K
March 31, 2007
This probably was the biggest game of Joe Moock's short MLB career. His first MLB hit, his first double, his first RBI, and one of only two times that he had two hits in a game. He actually was a key player in helping Tom Seaver to the 2-1 victory over the Braves.

May 17, 1968 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Tom Quinn
June 3, 2008
My first Mets game. A Friday night outing with the Cub Scouts. Nice night weather-wise. My father made us leave somewhere around the 13th inning. It's almost as if he could smell a Met defeat coming. So I was spared seeing the end of this drawn out loss. The '68 Mets couldn't hit. The truly amazing thing about the '69 Mets is that the personnel wasn't radically different from '68, the '69 team didn't hit much better than the '68 team, and yet the stars were in alignment, the moon was in the 7th house, Messers Armstrong and Aldrin strolled on the moon and somehow the 1969 Mets won the World Series. To quote the famous baseball philospher, "and you could look it up."

May 19, 1968 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Bob P
June 15, 2005
The Braves swept this doubleheader. In game one, J.C. Martin gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third with a bases loaded single that scored Cleon Jones and Art Shamsky.

With the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead in the eighth and Nolan Ryan working on a four hitter, Nolan's control troubles bit him again. He walked Sonny Jackson leading off the eighth. Then after retiring Henry Aaron he walked Tito Francona. Felipe Alou, who had homered earlier for the Braves' first run, singled to tie the score. Then after Ron Taylor came in from the bullpen, Felix Millan singled to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead.

Ron Reed closed strong to get the win and improve to 5-0. He allowed just two baserunners (both on walks) after the third inning.

May 24, 1968 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 2
Steve Venable
September 11, 2003
I'm trying to determine the date of my first Braves game attended in person in 1968 (Atlanta Stadium) at the age of 9. I'm positive that it was against the Mets and I'm reasonably certain that Joe Torre hit a HR for the Braves. The final score of 4-2 Braves also sounds familiar. 5-24-68 was a Friday, which would work because I was in school at the time and probably wouldn't have attended a game with school the next day. There was also a 4-2 Braves win on 7-25-68, but this game was on a Thursday, and although I was out of school for the summer, my parents would have had to work the next day, so this date is less likely. I tried to find a box score of these games on-line, with no luck.

May 26, 1968 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
Feat Fan
March 28, 2004
The game was called by rain after six innings. According to the scoresheet, the umpires wore turtlenecks that day and NY GM John Murphy asks: "When are they going to wear beads?"

September 2, 1968 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Matt Bligh
April 14, 2002
My first major league ballgame. I was nine years old and remember after the bottom of the first inning, my five year old brother asked how much longer it would be. As it was a doubleheader, he was told at least 4 hours! However, this was the beginning of a lifetime as a Mets fan for me, and the 1969 season was my first full season as a fan. Which means it can never get better than that!

September 2, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 2
Ed K
June 28, 2006
Fifth tie in Mets history.

Ed K
June 24, 2006

Fifth and last Mets tie game of the 1960's and the only one to occur while Gil Hodges managed. The next Mets tie game would not occur until 1979.

May 14, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 3
May 31, 2002
I was 14 years old and my dad came home from work and said he got 4 freebies to this game. We went with 2 of my friends who lived on the block. One was a big Yankee fan. If I remember, the Braves were up 3-0 in the 7th. My Yankee fan friend went to buy a Braves pennant at the concession stand and as soon as he got back the Mets put up a 9-spot. I think Cleon had a big hit, and I 'm pretty sure Phil Niekro was on the losing side of the ledger.

Bob P
April 19, 2003

Thanks again to, I see that my earlier post on this game was not quite accurate. The Braves were indeed up 3-0 in the 7th, but the Mets got one in the 7th, then 8 more in the 8th, scoring the 8 runs with just 4 hits! Otis struck out to lead off the inning but reached first when Niekro's knuckler got by Bob Didier. Then came a single by Harrelson and Shamsky, batting for Seaver, reached on an error to load the bases. Agee doubled to drive in two and tie the score. George Stone came in to relieve Niekro and Ed Charles was intentionally walked to re-load the bases. Ken Boswell was hit by a pitch to give the Mets the lead, and then, to confirm what I said earlier, Cleon did indeed have a big hit--a grand slam! The Mets added another run on a J.C. Martin triple followed by a wild pitch.

The win took the Mets record to 14-17, but at that time that was a great record for the Mets after one month of a season. This game first got me thinking that something special could be happening at Shea in 1969!

May 15, 1969 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 5
July 4, 2004
I think this was the game where Cleon lined out to a leaping Felix Millan with the bases loaded for the last out. I also believe that after this game Hodges held a team meeting to let the team know he was not happy with their play of late. Can anyone verify this ?

Bob P
July 13, 2004 lists the final out of this game as "Jones popped to second." Maybe they are guilty of a little understatement? The Mets did indeed leave the bases loaded in the ninth with one out...first Ken Boswell grounded into a force play at the plate and then Cleon made the final out.

The Mets were down 6-2 but got three in the eighth to get back in it. Don Cardwell got knocked around early and took the loss to fall to 1-6. Jack DiLauro made his major league debut in this game, giving up a double to the first batter he faced but retiring everyone else in his two- inning outing.

I can't recall if there was a team meeting after the game. This loss dropped the Mets to 15-18 but came one night after a terrific come-from-behind win against the Braves which I was lucky to have attended.

John T
September 18, 2006

This was the very first baseball game I ever went to. My Dad took me to Shea on a school day off, couldn't believe how far up we were with general admission tickets so he gave an usher a couple of bucks and we sat on the field level.

A big moment I remember was a diving catch by Cleon Jones where he ran in from LF on a line drive, rolling after he caught the ball. My dad called this a "circus catch"! I've never heard that phrase again.

The Mets threatened at the end but fell 1 run short, and my Dad told me that Hodges called a meeting about their lackluster play. Shortly after they won 11 in a row and were in the pennant race. Fond memories!

Michael G
April 19, 2012

This was my first game too. I remember that my father called Hank Aaron's 2 home runs....amazed the hell out of me but it pissed me off enough to tell him to be quiet when he got up for his fourth at bat.

May 22, 1969 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 15, Mets 3
June 13, 2008
Looking at the box score, why would George Stone get a save in this game?

August 1, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
January 23, 2003
My first Mets game. Grote hit a homer into the left field bullpen. At the time, I always rued when Cardwell was starting, because he was getting bombed a lot. He didn't last long in this game. Actually, beyond Seaver and Koosman, the Mets starting pitching wasn't that stong, with Gentry a .500 pitcher with an average ERA, Ryan usually hurt, and Cardwell and Koonce ineffective.

August 2, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
Jerry O.
January 22, 2001
My first major league game!!! I was 10 years old and our little league sponsered a trip to Shea to see this game. What memories! We got to the park for a pregame dinner in the Diamond Club, hot dogs, etc. The big surprize was when Tug McGraw and Bud Harrelson showed up for us. Wow.. The ball signed by them sits behind my desk on the bookshelf, somewhat scuffed and muddied (we didn't always have a ball back then, so 10 year olds will forget the future to enjoy the present). We sat in the mezzanine on the 1st base side, near some loud ( and a little drunk) fans. I remember everytime Jim McAndrew got a strike, the guys yelled out "That a way Jimmy Baby!!!". Soon us little leaguers joined in (the shouting, not the beer). McGraw finished the game. It was the NLCS preview and we didn't know then. The thing that sticks the most though, is that this was the first and last game I ever went to with my Dad. My parents split up soon after that. My boys, on the other hand, have already been going to games since they were 3 years old. Hope to have many more, too.

The Big H
August 31, 2011

Cleon Jones had the night off. I think he had some sort of mild injury. Anyway comes the seventh inning and he had to go to work. He singled in the game's only run and then was pinch run for by Tom Seaver. On Kiner's Corner that night Ralph said to Cleon "You're on the show so much you might just take it over." Cleon replied, "Ah Ralph, you can keep it another year."

August 3, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
David Davidson
July 16, 2008
This marked my first visit to Shea Stadium. Seats were in the upper deck about halfway between 1st base and the right-field foul pole. I remember my disappointment that neither Seaver or Koosman were the scheduled starters but that was forgotten when Jane Jarvis hit the first notes on the organ to play "Meet the Mets." Jerry Grote's line drive into the right field bullpen ended the game in the 11th inning. When I look back I can say I saw Hank Aaron play in person. I was fortunate to also see Mays, Mantle, Killebrew, Stargell and others during my pre-teen and teenage years growing up in the New York area.

August 9, 1969 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 3
Dennis Maier
July 16, 2006
I remember this game because my brother was born on this day. And it was Tom Seaver's first win in a streak of ten wins in a row to lead the Mets to their first Division title. Thanks, Tom.

October 6, 1969 Shea Stadium
1969 National League Championship Series Game 3
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 4
tim daiss
June 10, 2001
October, 1969, I was seven years old and fell in love with the Braves. But, as they did for a decade and a half, they broke my heart. Though favored, with more veterans, than New York the Braves were simply outclassed. T. Daiss, Savannah, Georgia

Richard Beattie
July 13, 2004

My father tricked me. I was a Met's fan from the start- and now I was 11. I had a broken wrist that fall. My folks went under the cover of a check-up at the Doctor. Mom took me in to Dad's office in Brentwood and then we were to go to the Doctor. Dad asked me "Do you think the Mets will win?" and I said, "Yes- I know they'll win!" He laughed and held up the tickets- and I remember saying "You're kidding!" We headed off to Shea. Parking was so bad that day that Dad sheeplishly said- "I don't think we can find a parking space." Well I started to cry and he found one pretty fast. When we got to the gate we heard a crack of the bat and the crowd groaned. Henry Aaron hit a massive home run off of Nolan Ryan. But the Mets roared back. Gentry relieved Ryan- and the crowd poured on top the field. I asked my Dad if we could get some turf- and that's where he drew the line. My younger brother has never quite forgiven me for going to game three of the first NLCS. But I never will forget what my Dad did for an 11 year old with a cast on his arm.

June 4, 1970 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Feat Fan
June 14, 2004
Pat Jarvis goes the distance. Rico "Beeg Boy" Carty hits home run number 15 and is hitting an incredible .435! He maintains this torrid pace throughout June making it to June 10 with a .420 average before tailing off. He will wind up with an incredible .366 mark.

Imagine this hard hitting free swinger in Coors Field? .400 a strong probability!

June 12, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 1
March 19, 2016
Was 8 years old at this game. I remember seeing Hank Aaron and getting a Mets yearbook.

June 13, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 1
Mark Miller
June 7, 2001
This was the first Met game I ever attended. I was 8 years old and in 2nd grade - my brother took me (a 3 hour drive from Troy, NY) and from then on - I was a Met fan forever. I will never forget seeing Henry Aaron in person for the first time. Great database!

June 14, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 5
Arthur Quint
February 1, 2013
One of my earlier memories of attending a Met game at Shea Stadium. Quite a collection of HOFers, Cepeda, Aaron, and Seaver in this game. But the personal highlight is my Dad catching a foul ball off the bat of Tommie Agee in the fourth inning.

August 15, 1970 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Peter P
September 11, 2005
I'll never forget listening to this game on the radio. Mets are in Atlanta and are leading, 2-1. Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, 2 outs. Tom Seaver is pitching and has two strikes on the batter, Bob Tillman. Seaver throws and Tillman swings (strike 3) but the ball goes past Jerry Grote and to the backstop. Tony Gonzalez scores from third, and somehow Rico Carty also comes in, and the game is over.

(Thanks to Retrosheet for the Atlanta players' names)

August 16, 1970 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
September 21, 2009
Seaver was 17-6 going in to this game, better than the same point of 1969. (He finished 9-0.) He finished 1970 1-6. This was a major cause of the Mets not catching the Pirates. For some unknown reason, Seaver went into a funk. Maybe being a power pitcher he ran out of gas for the rest of 1970? I think somehow Seaver and Grote got pitches mixed up? I listened to the game on radio and was a very confused 10-year-old. This was really the end of any chance of winning the East title, even though they stayed close to the Bucs during the next month.

August 27, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 1
May 31, 2007
My first-ever major league ballgame -- I was nearly 8 years old. We schmeared an usher and sat in the loge. I remember that Art Shamsky ran into the RF fence and knocked the wind out of himself in the late innings. Jim MacAndrew pitched the complete game. I watched my dad keep score.

May 17, 1971 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
Bob P
February 8, 2004
After the Mets take the lead in the top of the tenth, Ralph Garr homers for the Braves to tie the game back up. Then he homers again in the bottom of the twelfth off Ron Taylor to give the Braves a 4-3 win. Garr becomes just the fourth player in history to hit two extra inning home runs in the same game.

May 23, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 0
May 15, 2013
1st time I was at a game; I never forgot it. I was 9 years old. How classic, thank you God!

July 3, 1971 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 7, Mets 1
June 7, 2003
We get to Shea but there are no tickets next to each other. Fireworks Night. Zoilo Versalles in lineup for the Braves, one of my favorites. We stay for two innings, leave and hang out rest of night in Flushing Meadow drinking wine. Later that month, we are back at Shea for Grand Funk Railroad/Humble Pie concert. Think Jumbo Nash started that game by the way.

July 4, 1971 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 0
Feat Fan
April 19, 2002
One of many Hank Aaron games I try to attend. This a Saturday night game featuring Zoilo Versalles as the starting Braves SS.

My best friend and I are forced to buy seats away from each other. No one will trade us, even though we're in the same row! Teed off, hot and being 15, we split in the third inning as Jumbo Nash is soft tossing and head to Flushing Meadow Park to hang out and party. We return to Shea later that week for Grand Funk Railroad and Humble Pie concert.

Richard S.
July 23, 2002

This was the first game that I ever attended. It was a shame that Seaver got no run support that day. But then again, run support was scarce back then

Bob P
December 27, 2004

The Mets lost again on this July 4 Sunday afternoon, to fall to 0-4 in the month of July. It was a sign of things to come as the Mets started July 1971 in second place, just two games behind the Pirates. They finished the month in fourth place, 11.5 games out of first, thanks to a 9-20 record in July.

In this game Henry Aaron hit his 23rd homer of the year on his way to 47. It was number 615 of his career. Aaron broke a scoreless tie with a one-out solo homer in the third off Tom Seaver, and the Braves added another run later in the inning on an RBI single by Sonny Jackson. They might have had more but Mike Lum was picked off third base by Jerry Grote for the second out of the inning and then Seaver struck out Marty Perez.

The Braves also left the bases loaded in the sixth, as Tom didn't have his best stuff in this game, allowing nine hits in six innings. Tom left the game in the bottom of the sixth as the Mets loaded the bases with two outs and Gil Hodges decided to send up Donn Clendenon as a pinch- hitter, but Donn popped to second.

The Mets had nine hits (all singles) and four walks off Phil Niekro but coundn't get a run in.

Tony S
January 8, 2016

I wasn't born yet when this game took place, but this was the only game my Dad went to with his Dad (my Grandfather). My Dad had a paper route (the good old days). He was 13 in 1971 and one of the customers on his route gave my Dad 2 tickets for this game as a tip. My Grandfather died in 1982, 5 years before I was born so I never got to meet him. My Dad remembered it was a very hot day and my Grandfather was miserable. He had always told be that Seaver started and Aaron hit a homer. He wasn't sure the year. He thought it was between 70 to 73. Thanks to Mets database I found the game about a year ago. I am looking to find a ticket or stub from the game so I can give it to my Dad.

August 7, 1971 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 20, Atlanta Braves 6
Ed K
September 1, 2004
This game set a club record at the time for runs scored by the Mets. The previous high had been a 19-1 victory in Wrigley field in the early 1960's (1964?).

August 8, 1971 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 0
Bob P
October 3, 2003
Phil Niekro shut out the Mets in this game, one day after the Mets scored 20 runs.

This was the final game of a four game series in Atlanta, and each team won twice. The Mets scored a total of 1 run in the two games they lost, and they scored 29 runs in the two games they won!

June 2, 1972 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 1
Kevin McLaughlin
March 18, 2002
It was a Friday night and Aaron and Mays were tied for 2nd in homers at that time. There was a lot of anticipation that one (or both) of them would hit one out that night. Not to be. The Mets were horrible. The only saving grace was Milner hitting a homer in the 9th to break the shutout. It was also the first time I saw the Braves candy-ass blue uniforms. Too bad it wasn't the last.

Bob P
September 9, 2004

As Kevin McLaughlin said in March of 2002, Henry Aaron and Willie Mays were both in the starting lineup this night, and they were tied for second place in career home runs behind Babe Ruth with 648.

Neither man added to his total this night. Aaron struck out twice, grounded out, and fouled out. Mays struck out, flied out, popped out, and walked as the Braves won behind Phil Niekro.

Rico Carty hit a two-out, three-run homer in the sixth off Gary Gentry to break a scoreless tie. Felix Millan and Ralph Garr drove in runs in the seventh, and Darrell Evans homered in the eighth off Ron Taylor to give the Braves a 6-0 lead. The only Mets run came on a ninth inning homer by John Milner, who had all three of the hits allowed by Niekro.

June 3, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 2
Bob P
February 4, 2004
The Mets are 31-12 and have the best record in baseball after this win. But during the game with the Mets up 4-1 Rusty Staub is hit in the hand by a George Stone pitch. Rusty's hand is broken, and he will miss three months of the season.

After Staub's injury the Mets go 52-61 the rest of the way and finish the year 13.5 games out of first place.

October 28, 2006

I'm pretty sure that this was the first Met game I ever went to. At least it is the first one I can remember. I was 8 years old at the time. I distinctly remember the Mets beating the Braves and Tom Seaver hitting a ground double. I remember him hitting it down one of the foul lines but I can't remember which one. I don't remember Rusty Staub breaking his hand though.

Bob P
August 5, 2007

Johnrd, yes...Seaver grounded a double just inside the first base bag in the fourth inning.

Jim Mohan
March 19, 2016

My second Mets game. Went with my brother. Remember Duffy Dyer hitting a home run to left. Loved Tommie Agee but he was having some issues in center field. Definitely remember my favorite player (Rusty Staub) getting hit by George Stone.

April 27, 1973 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 0
Ed K
July 13, 2008
This game set a record for the shortest nine-inning Met game in history: 1 hour and 36 minutes. I believe that record still stands.

May 8, 1973 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 10, Mets 6
Peter C.
October 13, 2005
This is the game in which Marty Perez lined one back through the box and fractured Jon Matlack's skull. I had just turned 9 and have memories of watching on TV. Looking at retrosheet they have it listed as "Perez doubled to center." However I have a recollection on the ball ricocheting off Matlack and into the Met dugout. Anybody else recall this? I remember Matlack lying face up on the mound and being alert. Then when I heard he had a fractured skull I thought it meant that he might die. He actually returned to the mound 11 days later. Also, 2 batters later, Davey Johnson hit a grand slam to put the game away for Atlanta.

Ed S.
December 13, 2010

I also remember this game and the chilling/sobering replays shown on WOR-TV of the ball ricocheting off Matlack's forehead, and yes, into the Mets dugout. Also remember that the crowd had diminished noticeably in both size and "sound" after the incident. The Knicks, as I recall were in the playoffs that year and I remember hearing someone's very prominent radio in the stand, and the owner was giving scoring updates; again, it was easy to hear because the crowd had diminished and those who remained were eerily subdued.

There was little information on Matlack's condition throughout the remainder of the game, only that he was conscious, and I remember that he was visited the next day by Marty Perez in either Roosevelt (?) or Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Definitely a scary moment.

Joe Santoro
July 31, 2014

Yes the ball did ricochet into the Met dugout. The official scoring was a ground rule double. Two runs scored on the play. I thought John Matlack died. I was in a complete state of shock. I can't believe he made it back after a couple of weeks. Hank Aaron homered afterwards and then Davey Johnson. Are you kidding me? Davey Johnson. Didn't he have over 40 homers that season? I hardly call him a long ball hitter. Hmmmm...was he the first of the juicers? Makes you wonder. Ok I'll take it back Davey. You won a W.S for us!

July 6, 1973 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 0
December 10, 2001
My first Mets game!

8 years old, with my Dad & my uncle.

I loved the experience, but I remember leaving the game mad, because "we" lost. Somebody threw a 1-hitter at us (Phil Neikro, possibly?).

July 12, 2006

OK, so now I know it was Ron Schuler and it was a 2-hiiter, both hits coming in the bottom of the 9th...

Old Fashioned Met
November 10, 2015

Charlie, if you're still out there, I'd like to say to you that I remember this game very well myself. Ron Hodges singled on Schueler's first pitch of the ninth inning to break up the no-hitter. Hodges hit a ground ball that went just past the second baseman, who just happened to be Davey Johnson. Felix Millan also got a single before it was over.

July 7, 1973 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 9, Mets 8
August 11, 2000
This was the game where Don Hahn and George Theodore collided viciously in left-center chasing a fly ball by Ralph Garr. I had just turned 7 and my Dad had taken me to Shea so I could see Hank Aaron and Willie Mays play before they retired. My best memory though is of Ralph Garr looking guily and circling the bases very slowly while the two Met outfielders were lying in the outfield and nobody even made a play. It was kinda scary. He got an inside the park home run on that play.

phil brewer
July 5, 2003

I remember this game like it was yesterday. I turned 10 years old 3 months earlier and was just getting to love baseball and the Mets. The game was on T.V. (WOR, channel 9) on Long Island. I couldn't believe it when Hahn and Theodore collided at their midsections, and I thought for sure George was gonna die on that play. Geez, the things you remember. I kinda always hated Ralph Garr after that because I thought he should have run out to help Hahn and Theodore instead of running the bases. But I was only 10. Anyone else remember this?

May 27, 2005

I remember it well. Watching it on Channel 9 and that collison was scary. I still remember the next day's Daily News back page: Mets Lose Theodore, Hahn in collision; Blow Game 9-8.

John _F
April 19, 2007

I remember this game well. My mother took me to the game for reasons that are lost on me now. It was about 3 weeks before my 9th birthday. At the time we lived in Jackson Heights so like most of the local kids I was a Met fan.

We were sitting in the Loge seats down the left field line. I couldn't believe what I saw on that play. I thought that one of the guys was dead at first because they hit so hard and one didn't move at all. I couldn't figure out who was who.

I remember watching the two Mets being led away on stretchers, but I also remember some idiot sitting near me laughing at the heavy guy who carried the stretcher out to the outfield. Other than that jerk, the place was like a morgue.

That play is the only thing I remember about the game. Until I found this web site I was convinced it was the Stork's last ever game, but apparently not.

I sort of lost touch with the Mets after '73 when we moved north to the suburbs of Albany. Didn't get back in touch with the Mets until cable t.v. came to our neighborhood in 1978.

Keith Mandra
August 5, 2009

I was not at this game, but I do remember it well. I had just turned 12 the day before and was swimming at a friends house that Saturday afternoon. We were all Mets fans and had the radio on outside in the yard, and I remember listening to this game. In addition to the collision, I seem to remember it being a crazy game.

steve corn
February 10, 2011

I was at this game. I remember the collision, and that Willie Mays and Cleon Jones replaced Hahn and Theodore. I felt bad for the fallen Mets, but Cleon was my favorite Met, and he had been injured, so this was his first game back, if I recall correctly.

Paul Fluhr
March 17, 2011

This was the first game I ever went to. I was 7 years old and my Dad took me. I remember walking out through the tunnel and seeing the field from the stands for the first time and thinking this is the greatest. I was disappointed that neither Hank Aaron or Willie Mays started the game. I definitely remember the collision and Garr running around the bases as Hahn and Theodore were on the ground. Hahn was able to get up and throw the ball back towards the collision before collapsing back down. Then they were both carried off on stretchers. Willie Mays and Cleon Jones replaced them in the outfield. The Mets went on to lose this game but I will always remember it.

Jolene T
September 26, 2013

This was the game we saw when we went home to visit relatives in New York the summer of 73. We were living in the KC area at the time so it was special to see the Mets when we could. The game was interesting because it was so unusual to see a Mets game with so much offense. Remember, the Mets in those years could pitch, but not necessarily hit. So Ralph Garr hits a fly ball out to centerfield and everyone around us was saying "Look out!" because you could clearly see Don Hahn and George Theodore on a collision course. And then "BOOM." When Willie Mays and Cleon went in to replace them, Willie flipped the ball to Cleon for him to throw it back after a single, I asked my dad "How come Willie couldn't throw it back?" He said "He's old, Jo Jo."

Jorge Laureano
January 10, 2014

I was thirteen years old and I was at the game with my mother. This was my "once-a-year" game tradition that I received as a kid. As far as I knew, this was my real Christmas gift! Anyway, I remember clearly the moment Don Hahn and the Stork Theodore collided in the outfield, it was terrible to see. They crashed into each other so hard I thought at least one of them was dead! Then just while they were finally being carried away I got chills when I saw #21 and 24 emerge from the dugout and replace them in the outfield. Cleon Jones and the great Willie Mays! The roar of the crowd was so loud and exciting as if 2 heroes came to the rescue! What a thrill that was and although the Mets lost that game, I always think of it as the turning point of the team's season... You Gotta Believe!

July 8, 1973 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 2
John Barbato
June 24, 2006
I remember being at Shea with my father for this game. He and I used to go to at least one game a year when I was a kid. It was a sunny and hot July Sunday, and Hammer'in Hank knocked 2 out against the Mets. I was disappointed the Mets were never in this game, and lost it 4-2. Looking back it was fun to be with my Dad and head out to the ball park, watch a game, and get a few sips of his beer (what a treat). I also got to see some great players in Aaron, Mays, and Neikro play.

June 16, 2010

There is a video on you tube of Hank Aaron hitting his 695th career HR in this game...good stuff. Titled : Hank Aaron home run 695

July 17, 1973 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 7
May 19, 2005
Watching on TV, this was one of the greatest comebacks I had ever seen. Seven in the ninth to pull out an 8-7 win.

September 16, 2007

I watched this one on TV too. I was 11 at the time. They were down 7-1. Millan walked to lead off the 9th, then Staub homered. Jones walked, then Milner homered. They scratched out 3 more, with Mays driving in 2. I remember how I danced with joy in front of the TV. Great memory!

Will Smith
March 27, 2008

I was 7 years old, going on 8 at the time. The neighbors were over the house having coffee. Mr. Schuster, a big Mets Fan, had given up on the game. I was watching it alone in the living room. At the end, I went to the kitchen to tell them that the Mets had won. No one believed me.

Jim Snedeker
October 30, 2015

I was in the Bronx at the Yankee game this evening. A friend of mine invited me and we went with his dad and a couple of his other friends. The game was pretty humdrum, as the Yanks beat the Twins 4-1. The highlight for me was that we sat just above the broadcast booth and we got to see Phil Rizzuto. Anyway, as we were leaving the game, we heard over the car radio about the Mets' game and how they'd scored seven runs in the 9th, with Willie Mays driving in the winning run! As a long-time Willie fan (even before he was on the Mets), I was thrilled.

June 11, 1974 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
Tom Cox
July 2, 2002
I'm a Braves fan, and this was my only time to see Tom Seaver. At the time, we had Buzz Capra starting against Seaver, and I believe Buzz led the league in ERA at the time, so we all anticipated one of the greatest pitching duels ever. Capra, however, lasted only 1 and 2/3 innings, so the big matchup fizzled. For years, I remembered that Seaver also bombed, but I just recently located the box score and it turns out he did fine. But the Braves somehow won. That was very rare back then.

June 17, 1974 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 1
April 20, 2008
This was Hank Aaron poster night. Every fan got a nice poster, which I wish I still had. Bowie Kuhn was booed when he was introduced before the game.

My seat was a box seat down the right field line. Ken Boswell lined a foul ball right over my head. If I had brought my glove I would have tried to catch it.

June 19, 1974 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 0
Rob Rattiner
August 11, 2015
I remember this game vividly. This was my major league debut. I was almost 8, and my Dad had asked me in the offseason to pick a game for my 1st trip to Shea Stadium. Hank Aaron was my favorite non-Mets player, and so I picked this Braves game the year he broke Ruth's HR record. Two weeks or so before, I caught chicken pox, and it was possible I wouldn't be able to go. Like Gary Carter refusing to make the last out in Game 6 in '86, I willed myself to shake off the pox. June 19 was the 1st day I was healthy enough to go back to school, and, thankfully, my parents let me skip school to go to this afternoon game. What a thrill. My 1st time walking in to the beautiful stadium, seeing the amazingly dark green grass. We had box seats about 20 rows up behind the 1st base dugout. We got there early, and walked down to the dugout railing, and I was so excited to get backup shortstop Teddy Martinez to sign my very 1st scorecard and program! I didn't even know who he was at the time, but I didn't care. I got a Met's autograph at my 1st game!!!

Jon Matlack started, pitched 4 shutout innings, and shut down Aaron, who was later removed from the game, to my disappointment. Then, whichever Bob Miller relieved Matlack let the game get out of hand in the late innings, and the Mets had no chance to come back. My Mets heroes showed NO offensive abilities that day against former teammate Buzz Capra. We stayed to the end, however, soaked up all the atmosphere. And my 5 1/2-year-old sister capped off the day with comic relief by asking Dad and me after the final out was made and we sighed together in disappointment: "Who won?" The Braves did. A forgettable, midseason, lopsided shutout loss, but a HUGELY memorable, once-in-a-lifetime day for the ages for this little boy, who managed to not get busted by the Channel 9 cameras for "claiming" to be out of school with chicken pox, only to be taking in a Shea matinee on "a beee-yooo-tiful day for baseball," as Bob Murphy must've said that lovely Wednesday.

August 25, 1974 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
April 30, 2012
This game certainly had an ironic twist to it. Ray Sadecki pitches a complete game and drives in the only run with a single for a 1-0 shutout win. The player who scores the run on Sadecki's hit is Jim Gosger. When the Mets acquired Sadecki in a trade with the Giants a few years earlier, Gosger was sent to San Francisco in the deal.

Isn't it funny how things can work out in baseball?

August 31, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
Glenn McNally
February 6, 2002
It was the first Mets game I ever attended and I went with my Cub Scout pack when I was 9 yrs old. The thing I remember most about this game was the Triple Rusty Staub hit to drive in the winning run against the Braves. It was also Hank Aaron's last appearance in New York with his original club in the National Leauge before going to Milwaukee, then in the junior circuit. Back to Staub's Triple, it was a rare sight to see and I'm sure he didn't hit too many of those in his career after that! Final score Mets 6, Braves 5

September 1, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Ken Akerman
May 6, 2003
This was clearly the best starting assignment of Tug's career. Relief pitchers like Tug rarely start games today, but Tug did make occasional starts throughout his career with the Mets.

Bob P
June 1, 2004

This was Henry Aaron's final appearance against the Mets. He batted cleanup and went 1-for-4 against Tug McGraw, who pitched a complete game five-hit shutout for the only shutout of his career. It was also the fifth and final complete game of Tug's career.

Aaron grounded into a double play in the first, singled in the fourth, lined out in the sixth, and popped out in the ninth.

June 8, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 6
Hank M
February 4, 2006
I remember the 14th inning of this game. It was after 6:00PM on a Sunday and my family was getting ready to leave for a 6:30 church service. Seeing that the Mets had a runner on third, we hung around to see if they could win it right there.

As a result, there we all were, in church attire, watching the Mets! I said to everyone that a wild pitch would be good here so that they'd win and we can leave. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened! The pitcher threw one that got away and the winning run scored.

We headed off to church very happy. I don't remember if we got there on time or not. I just remember that the Mets won in 14 just before we left.

July 18, 1975 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
Steve B
April 5, 2003
I was at this game. A typical Jon Matlack loss in the later innings.

But what made it most memorable was after Cleon Jones pinch hit (and flied out I believed for the third out) left field was empty when the Mets took the field. Yogi sent him Cleon out there but he refused to go.

It was the last time we'd see him in a Mets uniform.

July 19, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
Paul Sullivan
May 14, 2001
This was my first Mets game. Seaver wasn't at his best (he gave up a homer to Mike Lum, for god's sake), but it was good enough for the win. It's funny, but what I remember most about this game is Dave Kingman's lackluster fielding.

April 27, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
Joe Figliola
March 28, 2004
Since this was a bicentennial year, my seventh grade class went on a field trip to Liberty Village in New Jersey to see what life was like in 1776. I brought my radio with me because the Mets were playing an afternoon game against the Braves and we die-hards wanted to hear it on the way home.

We heard the early innings, and for some reason we lost the frequency. We got home around six-ish and I was surprised to discover that the game was still going on and the Mets were down a couple of runs to Atlanta.

With runners on and two out, Bruce Boisclair BARELY ticks a two-strike fastball from Pablo Torrealba (I think) before jacking a double to win the game. I also remember seeing Bruce's guest spot on "Kiner's Korner," where he was describing the pitches he was getting.

Although I did not see the entire game, I have the feeling that this game had about the same excitement as that Mets-Astros game in July 1975 that I wrote about it earlier. I do recall the fans really getting into it as well as this 12-year old being absolutely glued in to what Boisclair was doing.

Barry F.
June 9, 2004

Good memory, Joe. Yes, it had the same feel as that '75 game vs. Houston. By this time, I was living in Howell, N.J. We moved in October, 1975. I was in my living room watching this game and the Mets were down to their last strike, down 5-4. On 1-2. Boisclair hit a two-run double to win the game. In April, it really felt like the Mets would challenge the Phillies and Pirates for the division. But the Lolich bust and lack of offense (partially brought on by Vail's injury and Staub's departure to Detroit) put the Mets out of it fairly early. May 1976 was really the last exciting time for a Mets fan until the Steve Henderson game in 1980. In between was a lot of heartache and anger.

Peter C
October 13, 2005

I remember watching this game after school. I think it mught have been a 4pm start because I seem to remember seeing the whole game and maybe even keeping score. I thought it was very exciting to see Bosclair come through in the clutch. If you look at the Mets lineup this day, there was a lot of age on that roster, especially among the position players.

The team was also totally devoid of speed. Bosclair was young and fast and he, as well as Mike Vail who had broken his ankle during the off-season semed to hold out some hope for the future. Of course that promise never materialized. There even seemed to be cause for optimism for the whole team. The Mets were closing out April on a 7-game winning streak and were in the midst of a 12-2 run through the beginning of May.

July 10, 1976 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 2
Ron I
April 15, 2013
My first Mets game (fan since the 69 season). Was in awe when Ed Kranepool stopped so I could take his picture next to the dugout.

King Kong Kingman hit 2 home runs and it was great to see them win. Mickey Lolich pitched like he did when he was the Tiger's ace.

What a great day!

July 11, 1976 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 9, Mets 8
Bob P
January 31, 2004
The Braves employed an interesting marketing strategy in this game played right before the all- star break.

First, 34 couples were married before the game at home plate, then they brought out a ring and there was professional wrestling (no, the couples were not involved).

Finally, the game started, and it was pretty entertaining too. The Mets led 4-1 after six, then the Braves scored five in the seventh. The Mets came back to take an 8-6 lead going to the bottom of the eighth, but the Braves took the lead for good on a two-out, bases clearing double by future Met Willie Montanez.

Despite all that excitement, only 14,661 fans paid their way in. Another oddity about the game: Jon Matlack, Jerry Koosman, and Tom Seaver all pitched in this one. Matlack started, Kooz and Seaver came in to face two batters each. Many teams would use that strategy back then in the game right before the all-star break....kind of an "everyone in the bullpen can pitch" mentality.

Mike A
June 3, 2008

Read somewhere in a story about the early days of maverick Braves owner Ted Turner, that he came up with this promotion. Called it 'Wedlock & Headlock Day'.

There was even a picture of the Mets & Braves players lined up opposite each other holding their bats up to let the newlyweds pass through. Pretty hilarious!

Ron I
September 28, 2012

My second Mets game (first game was day before). I was really stoked because Seaver and Koosman were used in relief of Jon Matlack, because next day was the beginning of the All-Star break. That was a once in a lifetime chance to see all three in one game!

Got to see all my favorite pitchers in just two games!

July 19, 1976 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 2
Lou D.
May 6, 2002
This was the Monday night game where Phil Niekro hit a line shot in left field. Dave Kingman dove for the ball and injured his thumb. He was out for the next month or two. I remember as I was sitting in the mezzanine. Kingman wound up losing the NL Home Run title to Mike Schmidt by one.

June 11, 2007

I was at this game with my Dad in the upper deck along the right field side. (Gee, it seems every time I've attended a game with seats along the right field side, bad things happen to the Mets!) As of this writing, this was my last time at Shea.

Other than the Mets losing and the injury to Kingman, I remember a play involving Mike Vail. I remember one inning where there was, I guess, a runner on second. I watched Mike Vail, who was in right field, imitating throws to the plate in between pitches. Lo and behold! The batter (who it was I don't remember!) hits a single to right and Mike throws the ball over the head of the catcher for an error.

June 15, 1977 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
Ed K
September 3, 2002
People were watching this game less than listening to the radio at the trading deadline (June 15th back then) and afraid for the worst. After midnight, it was announced that Seaver was traded to the Reds for four players and Kingmen to the Padres for Bobby Valentine. The Mets sank into oblivion under Joe Torre for the rest of the 1970's and into the 1980's.

November 18, 2009

This was the Day that a sportswriter got Seaver traded. I was at a lost. And we got nothing for him. Mets sunk deep into Grants Tomb. Seaver was the face of the team. We grew up with him and he was ours. At 16 I finally learned that the Pen was stronger than the Man. Seaver jealous of Nolan Ryan???????THAT WOULD BE THE DAY.

September 2, 1977 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Mets Win
July 9, 2001
This was my first baseball game, I was 5 1/2. Marc got sick and I went instead. I want with Mike and Michael Friedman and my dad. I don't remember much about the game but I was told all I did was look at the scoreboard and all game said "Mr. Peanut man, can I have some peanuts" and I was told that I might of played you show me yours and I'll show you mine. I was only 5. What memories

September 4, 1977 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 7, Mets 5
Lou D.
May 12, 2005
I went to this Sunday afternoon game with my friends. The day before, we went as well, and one of my friends caught a foul ball. I was jealous of how close I came. Then, on Sunday the 4th, as luck would have it, I catch a foul off the bat of Len Randle (pitched by Phil Neikro). I still have the ball to this day, and have never come close to catching another baseball at a game.

May 4, 1978 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 2
Ed K
September 3, 2007
Bobby Valentine hit his last major league homer in this game. It came off Phil Niekro.

May 18, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 7
Ed K
June 11, 2008
Lenny Randle became the first Met to score 5 runs in a game in this extra-inning contest.

July 17, 1978 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 4
Ed K
October 14, 2006
Skippy Lockwood became one of the few Met relievers ever to hit a home run in this game. Mets had lost the first game of the doubleheader but came back to win the nightcap with Skippy pitching the last three innings.

June 3, 1979 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 4
April 3, 2002
I was a kid back then and was so proud a Met could be 5-0. Maybe Pat Zachry would go undefeated, I thought. Did not quite work out that way.

June 16, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Mets Win
July 9, 2001
I remember this game, Doug Flynn hit a home run on fireworks night. I was 7 years old, he became my favorite player until Strawberry came to New York

August 13, 2006

I think this game was the very first fireworks night. There was such a good crowd at this game that I prayed that the Mets wouldn't embarass themselves before so many people.

Doug Flynn's home run just barely reached the left field stands in the corner -- an out anywhere else in the park. And then they gave a preview of the show by shooting off fireworks as Dougie rounded the bases. VERY cool!

I remember being so impressed with fireworks night that I wrote a letter to then Mets owner Linda DeRoulet, suggesting that they set off fireworks every time a Met hits a home run at every home game (along with other suggestions, such as getting rid of that pathetic mule mascot).

Ms. DeRoulet actually wrote me back, very politely explaining how the air traffic patterns at LaGuardia Airport prohibited fireworks with any regularity.

But it was a night that actually created just a tad of, and short lived, optimism for Mets fans. A great evening.

June 17, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
Hank M
March 5, 2007
This game was suspended after eight innings and completed later in the season. A predetermined stopping time was put into place due to the fact that the Mets had a flight to Houston scheduled that evening. When the curfew time arrived, play was halted so the Mets could catch their plane.

News of this strange happening was reported on the "Today" show the next morning. Anchorman Floyd Kalber, after telling the audience the reason for the suspension, started laughing. Who could blame him? Having to stop a game because of poor travel planning is ridiculous! This is the kind of thing that typified the '79 Mets, who were simply a laughingstock.

May 16, 1980 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 3
Steve G.
January 4, 2010
I recall that Neil Allen had an unusually good fastball in this game, and was getting lots of swings and misses. The Mets' announcer (I think it was Bob Murphy) commented that he was "throwing bullets."

July 15, 1980 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 2
Professor G
June 15, 2005
Just 11 days after the legendary brawl with the Expos, the Mets very nearly threw down in this game, too. It happened after Lee Mazzilli took Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky deep. The two were jawing at each other as Maz circled the bases. Just after reaching home plate, Maz handed his glasses to the bat boy and went out to dance with Hrabosky, but it was broken up moments later. This symbolized an exciting summer in which the Mets - albeit four years prematurely - were starting to show the rest of the National League they would no longer be pushovers.

July 17, 1980 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 0
Andy from Rego Park
January 9, 2003
43-43.... The Mets are playing .500 ball in July. At a mere 4.5 games out, the Mets are contenders. The magic is back!

Of course, they lost the next game and it was all down hill from there. But Joe Torre's Mets were never better.

July 28, 1980 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 3
The Mook
November 10, 2003
Forgettable game , except that I had box seats and witnessed the pathetic sight of Dan Norman flailing away in the Mets pathetic attempt to turn him into a switch hitter.

Also seem to recall that assinine burro mascot of theirs from the 80's taking a dump on the warning track. Mettle was its name I think.

July 30, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 0
June 16, 2010
I was at this game. Pat Zachry almost lost his shutout in the ninth inning. Biff Pocoroba hit a ball that would have been a home run if it had stayed fair.

September 6, 1981 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 2
Vinnie Bella
April 19, 2006
This was the first baseball game I ever went to. I remember going down to the field and trying to get autographs, Gaylord Perry passed us by, and I wound up getting Luis Gomez to sign a piece of paper for me. During the game the fans were riding Lee Mazzilli and Randy Jones gave up a home run to Dale Murphy that I think is still in the air. I remember the Mets got the bases loaded and Kingman came up to pinch hit. Everyone was so load and excited, this was my first great live baseball moment, unfortunately Kingman struck out, and it was on a pitch that bounced in front of the plate. I don't know if he was trying to fool the other team or what. This is my first live game baseball memory.

October 28, 2006

Mustve been a promotion or something because this was my first Mets game too. My dad turned me into a Mets fan that day. (I was a Yankee fan for 1980 and most of 81.) He knew the place real well and we got autos of a lot of the players. It really meant a lot to a 10-year-old kid at his first game. I still have the ball, the topper was meeting Mookie Wilson. As a kid, anybody with the name Mookie, you remember that name forever. He was extra nice and wrote on my program, "Wish we would've won your first game, but we'll get them next time for you." It was an awesome day.

May 31, 1982 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 4
Shickhaus Franks
March 4, 2011
It was Memorial Day and school was closed so some people I knew had an extra ticket but they decided to take someone else instead of me. I was NOT a happy camper whatsoever; Btw, had to listen to the game on WMCA 570 because my area would NOT be wired for cable for at least 5 years! Even though it was a cool, cloudy holiday, I was mad as heck I wasn't included on going to Shea!

August 20, 1982 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
Steve G.
September 16, 2007
This was a heartbreaking loss for the Mets. The kind of loss that used to make me swear I'd never watch another Mets game again. Ed Lynch pitched nine shutout innings, but he was matched by Pascual Perez. The Mets finally scored a run off Perez in the top of the 10th on a home run by Brian Giles (no, not that Brian Giles). Pat Zachry comes in to try to finish the game off in the bottom of the 10th. I don't remember the exact sequence of events, but I do know that Zachry got the first 2 outs and the Braves got 2 or 3 runners on base. The next batter hits a routine grounder to Hubie Brooks...who picks it up and throws it past the first baseman, allowing the tying run to score. Then Zachry proceeds to walk in the winning run. Mets give it away, 2-1. I still remember Hubie's quote in the next day's paper: "I just threw it away. I just threw the ball away." He felt terrible about it.

This was the fifth loss in a losing streak that would eventually reach 15 games.

August 27, 1982 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 9, Mets 8
Frankie B
February 15, 2011
One of the first games that I ever went to, were tickets given for the Cub Scouts. The seats were at the top of the Upper Deck and it was freezing. Mets were losing 8-0, came back to tie only to lose in the 8th. I remember Dave Kingman bunting for a hit to try and get the average above .200. No one was at the game and the Mets were in the middle of losing 15 in a row.

August 28, 1982 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
January 6, 2007
This was the first game I ever went to. I was six years old and sat in the loge section near the Braves' bullpen. My brother and sister got Rick Mahler's autograph before the game.

I don't remember much detail of the game except that I believe Mookie was called out for running out of the baseline rounding first on his way in for what would have been a double.

The Rangers also played the Islanders is a softball game in a pregame promotion. Much like on the ice during that era, the Rangers had their butts handed to them.

August 29, 1982 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 9, Mets 4
Joe From Jersey
December 3, 2005
It was a Sunday afternoon when the Mets were in the throes of that 15-game losing streak. It was a sunny and unusual chilly August afternoon; it felt more like November than August and the Mets were making mistakes on the field and a fan near me yelled out sarcastically "Look What I Found" whenever the Mets made a routine play in the infield. To this day, I still yell that saying when the Mets defense messes up in the infield.

May 1, 1983 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
August 16, 2000
My friends and I went to this game. We were 16 years old. It was either helmet or jersey day. What I remember most was my friends hitting on the ballgirl manning the right field line. Where have you gone, Mary Jane Koester?

John Costa
June 23, 2003

This was my first Mets game I went to. I was 7 years old. It was bat day, where us kiddies got a blue full-size wooden bat. I remember it being very heavy. Got to see two Hall of Famers, Niekro and Seaver pitch.

Mark DiGiovanni
August 18, 2011

This was the first game my brother and I went to. I was 7 he was 5. That's when bat day was bat day (full size). I had that thing for years. My mother took us because Tom Seaver was pitching. I remember the program had a lot of stuff about Dale Murphy in it. There were people from Atlanta sitting in front of us, they kept looking at us when we booed the Braves. I still boo the Braves.

July 25, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
March 22, 2002
I was at this game, the Mets mounted a 4 run 9th inning come from behind that ended on George Foster's 2 run double.

July 26, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
Professor G
July 8, 2005
For some reason, the brawl games all stand out to me. Here, Mike Torrez turned in his best accomplishment as a Met on the mound - punching out Braves pitcher Rick Camp after he charged him. With the Mets having such a miserable year, I remember telling my mom about the fight, to which she wisecracked: "Maybe they should be boxers instead of baseball players."

May 9, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 1
February 2, 2002
Wow, this is a memorable day in my life cuz well I was born on this day. So no wonder why I am a Mookie fan he goes 2-4 w/ a SB

Edgy DC
October 13, 2005

On the day Jay was born, the Mets had a pretty remarkable game. On this day, after Hubie Brooks was called out at the plate on a controversial call, umpire Joe West ended up ejecting two cablevision cameramen positioned in the box next to the Mets dugout, for obligingly showing replays of the play to players in Met dugout.

The truth shall set you free, Doug.

June 29, 1984 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 3
February 1, 2013
I was watching this game on the Braves' station. Referring to whoever was posting the out-of-town scores on the Shea Stadium scoreboard, Skip Caray said, "The scoreboard operator must be on drugs, because the Tigers have gone from a 5-5 tie to a 5-3 loss."

May 7, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 3
Mitchell Cohen
October 6, 2006
I have been an Atlanta Braves fan since 1983, and used to live in New York. I was at this game, and it was one of the most frustrating games I can remember as a fan. The first eight innings of this game, until the last of the eighth, were very well played, and well pitched. A pitcher's duel between Braves starter Steve Bedrosian, and the Mets Ron Darling. After the Atlanta bullpen shut the Mets out for a couple of innings, and Darling got the Braves out in the eighth, things unraveled, and then, "Mr $40 million dollar closer", Bruce Sutter, came in for the Braves, and served up a Grand Slam homer to Gary Carter. At this point, with Atlanta trailing 5-1, my father and I decided to leave the game, and listen to the rest of it on the radio with Bob Murphy and Gary Cohen. Suddenly, the Braves started coming back against the Met bullpen. Then, with Dale Murphy as the tying run, Jesse Orosco struck him out, and got the final out, to preserve the win for the Mets. I remember shutting off the radio in disgust. Not only had the Braves lost with their ace "fireman" on the mound, but they had made a vailiant comeback, and fallen short. One of the most frustrating games I've ever been to as a fan, this game is fresh in my memory, even 21 years later, and I was only 15 at the time of the game.

July 4, 1985 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 16, Atlanta Braves 13
August 10, 2000
Funny how Tom Gorman is apart of two memorable games of the 85 season. How can any fan forget this one? Rain delay after rain delay, John Sterling, a Brave announcer at the time!?!?! He is still biased. Hernandez hitting for the cycle. Lenny Dykstra showing his scrappy play, after the Mets blow a late lead (around 8th inning). Rick Camp!!! Rick Camp!!! Danny Heep placing his hands over his head in disbelief. Carter and Hernandez playing all 16 innings, untill 4:05 AM!!!! of the most memorable of all time.

George Kaupp
June 1, 2001

I remember watching the game as a 12-year-old (and as a 13-year-old, as my birthday is July 5). Gooden's shortest outing to that point in his career, the two rain delays, the score tied 8-8 after nine innings. HoJo hits a two-run homer in the top of the 13th (I think), only to have Terry Harper hit an 0-2 slider off the left field foul (fair?) pole with one on in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. The Mets scratch across a run in the top of the 18th, only to have poor Tom Gorman hang an 0-2 forkball (why a forkball?) to Rick Camp (lifetime .036 hitter, five extra-base hits), who followed the old adage, "Swing hard, because you might hit the ball", and deposited the pitch over the left center field fence. Heep covers his head and Dykstra throws his glove up in the air in disbelief. Gorman struggling to complete the inning. The Braves then give up 5 runs in the top of the 19th (at least 3 unearned, thanks to errors by Claudell Washington and Camp himself, I think)...only to score two in the bottom of the 19th and have the tying run at the plate...Rick Camp again! However, Ron Darling strikes him out on three pitches.

I didn't realize Hernandez had hit for the cycle until years later. Poor Ronn Reynolds, didn't make it into the game because Carter caught all 19 innings, and Davey Johnson didn't want to use him as a pinch hitter in case Carter got hurt.

And then, after the game ends at 3:55, the fireworks go off at 4:01. Oops. Too much noise for sleeping citizens. What were they thinking?

Jim Snedeker
November 15, 2001

I believe this game was one of the weirdest ever. What made it so strange was that at one point in the extra innings, the Mets went ahead by a run, and it looked like they were going to win as the Braves batted in the bottom of the inning. Reason being is that Atlanta was out of pinch-hitters; the only people left to hit were pitchers.

So they send up reliever Rick Camp to pinch-hit. Camp (it was later revealed) had the lowest batting average of any active major leaguer as he stepped into the box. And what does he do? Of course--he hits a home run to tie it!

Well, the Mets ended up winning anyway, in 19 innings. As a fitting finale to this other-wordly game, the Braves went ahead with the planned post-game July 4th fireworks--at two in the morning!

Christopher Kuhn
January 10, 2002

Undoubtedly, the best regular season Mets game ever!! (Best Met game ever reserved for Game 6 1986 NLCS).

Who could ever forget Rick Camp hitting the homer in the 13th to keep it going for the Braves. I just couldn't believe my eyes. I stayed up for the entire game, right up until the fireworks display put on by Fulton County Stadium at 3:55 a.m. the morning of the 5th.

February 3, 2002

Just reading this boxscore is great entertainment.

flushing flash
February 7, 2002

I second that emotion, Jon. How often do you see 10's in the AB column?!?!

Try as he might, Doug Sisk couldn't blow this one for the Mets.

March 10, 2002

my god I remember going to my aunts house and being pissed off I was missing the game on ch9 well got home at 11pm and what??? Mets in 4th inning??? I love late night baseball so I stayed up AS long as my 16 year old body could 2am I saw sisk almost blow it but orosco got out of it after dale murphy triple with bases loaded of sisk then Mets tie it up off bruce sutter ho jo again then I went to bed the ny post said it the next day when I bought it I couldnt believe it that they got the game on the paper

Vegas Mike
April 16, 2002

I watched the whole game on TBS. Skip Caray said something like "If Camp homers here this will be the wildest game of all time" just before Camp did homer. Walk into any bar tonight and 90% of the guys there will be better athletes than Camp was. The game lasted forever, and I still wanted more.

Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002

It's all been said already, but I'll add my vote to the masses. This is in the top 5 Met games of all time. I remember actually going to bed (not sure why) and listening to HoJo's homer on the radio. I got back up just in time for Harper to tie it. Hernandez hitting for the cycle was almost an afterthought. I had actually forgotten that Doc started this one - who remembers the first 9 innings. I will always remember the name Rick Camp, that's for sure.

Brian Collier
August 6, 2002

I was 16 years old and a big Braves fan at the time of this game. My brother and his fiance ask me to go along with my brother's buddy. I remember that we sat in the nosebleed seats at Fulton-County Stadium to watch Doc Gooden pitch. Then game the rain, and more rain. By the 9th inning, the majority of the fans left due to the rain. We moved our seats all the way up behind home plate. What a roller coaster of a game. One cannot imagine the emotions of that game unless you were there. Of course all looked gloomy for the Braves until Rick Camp hit that homer in the bottom of the 17th? Then blew it in the 18th to lose 16 to 13. I wish I had that ball! I remember the headeline in the paper next day, "Forget Game, Camp hits Homer!". We stayed till the fireworks at 4am. I found a foul ball after the game and still have it signed by my brother with the score and date on it.

October 28, 2003

This is really the first baseball game I remember going to, and everyone hears about it. I was 10. My dad has always been a HUGE Braves fan, and he took my brother and I to Atlanta to see a game. We even got there early to watch batting practice. The rain poured down and the little guys scurried across the field to cover it with the morton salt cover. It was cool the first couple of times... The waves in the crowd were awesome... we kept it up because we were afraid they would call off the game.

To be honest I slept through several innings, I was 10; I think I passed out around midnight. I woke up around 3 when people were cheering hysterically. Dad had asked if we wanted to go back to the hotel but the fireworks were worth the wait. It was a memory never to be forgotten.

Minus to this is I dread commiting to watching a full game, never know how long it will be. However, games do seem much shorter to me as well when they only go 9 innings.

May 22, 2004

Oh how this game brings back memories. I remember watching the game waiting for my friends to pick me up for July 4th party. When we returned at 3:30 AM I thought Sportschannel was rebroadcasting the game! What a shock.

Michael W.
March 14, 2005

What wasn't weird about this game? Dwight had I think his only bad outing of the year, Hernandez hitting for the cycle, and the game being tied in the 9th, the 13th, and at 3:00AM, the 18th by Rick Camp! I remember Camp being up in the bottom of the 19th with the Mets having 3-run lead and the Brave having two men on. If Camp would have homered again, they might still be playing.

john t greenpoint
August 23, 2006

Most entertaining night of watching Mets baseball. Went out at 9 or so after first rain delay, came home after 12 and to my amazement Met game was still on. Stayed up for whole game, could not believe what I was witnessing. At 12:30 though switched to Friday Night Videos to watch Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A video. Very happy to see my two joys in life at the time.

Jerry Walter
July 4, 2007

I was 12 years old and keeping score of this game in my bedroom. I think I ended up going to bed at 4AM, which is very late for a 12 year old. Each 4th of July I look up this game to re-hash the memories. Today I am a die hard Phillies fan, but I still have a place in my heart for the Mets of the mid 80s. Who could forget Rick Camp hitting a HR to tie the game? I wish I still had the score book for this game, but that's long gone. This game though still lives on as the longest game I watched and kept score of.

October 17, 2008

Games like this are what makes being a Mets fan special.

Elliot B,
June 4, 2009

I remember this game. I was living in Boston and came home from a daylong party (it was the 4th) and fell asleep watching this game. I woke up around 3:00 AM, saw the Mets playing the Braves and thought I was watching Sports Center coverage of the game. I suddenly realized that I was watching the actual game! I thought to myself "what the hell did I miss?!?!"

September 16, 2009

While I was not alive for this game, upon listening to the Mets broadcast tonight of their rain-delayed game in Atlanta, Gary Keith and Ron started talking about this game. I had never heard that much about it, so I did some research, and realized how crazy this game was! It really must have been a thrill to see live!

March 31, 2010

Too many memories of this one to condense here, but as I recall Hernandez was not having a good season and this game propelled him to a great second half. Also, when the Mets went down a run in the 8th, you just knew they were going to score in the 9th. The Camp HR was incredible as was Heep's exasperated reaction. I was actually rooting for Camp to hit another one when he ended the game, just not wanting the game to end; who knew what might be coming around the next corner?

Finally, looking at the box score I forgot about the 2-run 13th inning -- I wonder what the record is for most different extra innings scored in, in one game? This one has to be close with three, or six, depending how you look at it.

Brian Howarth
March 4, 2011

I was born in 1973. My Grandmother, who lived in Tucker, GA, took me and my cousin Tim to this game. Tim and I were a month apart and this was my first MLB game.

We stayed all the way through the fireworks. We sat through every rain delay and after the last delay, we moved down to left center because I was a HUGE Dale Murphy fan.

I remember the intense waves going on during the game and how the upper deck went one direction and the lower deck went another direction. My poor Grandmother had to drive us back after the fireworks, walking to our car at 4:30 AM and then the drive home. My cousin and I passed out immediately.

To extend this luck even further, my Grandmother went to the 7-6-86 game where Bob Horner hit 4 jacks in one game at Fulton County.

Even though my first MLB game was 19 innings, my next game I attended was a White Sox game at the Old Comiskey and it went extra and then the next game I went was back in Atlanta and it went to extra innings. I also witnessed a 16-14 game between the Braves and Expos and got to see The Murph finally take one yard.

Keep in mind, I grew up in Oklahoma so attending a MLB game was a treat for this young baseball fan. My grandmother passed away 9 years ago and I will always have the memories of this game and many others to put a smile on my face every time I think about how much I miss her.

July 5, 1985 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 1
Chris Kyriacou
September 12, 2004
What a memory... Went to the Meadowlands track with Dad and Tom on this night when I was 17... I was a little bummed that I would miss the game but I knew there would be TVs there showing the game. I watched the first 2 innings on the TV and game was delayed with rain. Listened on the way home and so excited that the game was still on when I got home. My brother Dean, 13 at the time, had the convertible couch opened up to the big tv at the time, watching the game when I got home. Got onto the couch and watched the game with him, amazed at every pitch and at bat. RICK CAMP!!! NO!!!! He fell asleep around 2:45AM and I had to wake him up and give him the happy recap at 4:05AM... It was a childhood memory I will never forget.

July 20, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 16, Atlanta Braves 4
Ed K
September 15, 2004
This broke the previous Met record for runs scored at Shea in a game which had been 14 on more than one occasion.

Hank M
October 18, 2004

This was one fun game to watch, which I did from the field level seats near the Mets' dugout. Darryl Strawberry's first inning grand slam off Steve Bedrosian on a 2-2 pitch from Steve Bedrosian set the tone for a 16-4 win. Darryl also hit a 3-run homer to center field. I remember Dale Murphy's glove falling off his hand as he reached for the ball!

Howard Johnson, Danny Heep and Clint Hurdle contributed four-baggers, too. Five home runs in one game, all by left-handed hitters!

Because of the lopsided score, Dave Johnson put Doug Sisk in to replace Dwight Gooden in the seventh inning. He pitched the final three innings, which was nice to see after the problems he had been experiencing. For about a year, his pitching declined, he lost his job as the righty closer and he was booed by fans. Even though he allowed three runs, it was good to see him finish a game again.

Ed K
July 25, 2005

Mets also won the next day 15-10 which was the first time they had scored over 30 runs in two consecutive games.

NYB Buff
October 11, 2017

This game was the first in Mets history in which the team hit all four kinds of home runs. Darryl Strawberry led the way with both a grand slam and a three-run blast, Hojo provided a two-run shot and Danny Heep contributed a solo clout. This cycle of homers was already completed in the fourth inning! Clint Hurdle (who entered later) added another solo homer in the seventh. Also, each member of the Mets’ starting lineup had at least one hit for a game total of eighteen. One of the most productive games the team has ever had.

July 21, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 15, Atlanta Braves 10
Shad Stanleigh
July 20, 2002
Funny. The Mets never scored more than 14 runs in a home game through the first 23 years of their existence - and then exceed that in two consecutive home dates. Amazin'.

Ed K
July 25, 2005

First time the Mets ever scored over 30 runs in two consecutive games.

Putbeds 62
January 17, 2006

I was at this game along with my cousin and late brother. We were pumped because my cousin kept blasting the music of "QUEEN" on his car stereo while going to the game. (Live Aid had happened the previous weekend.) It was the highest scoring Mets game I've ever witnessed in person under blue skies and a rocking crowd.

May 21, 2009

I took my eight year-old son to the game. We were lucky enough to get Dale Murphy's autograph before the game. In appreciation, my son gave Murphy his own little league baseball card. Murphy was so nice, he said he would keep it in his back pocket during the game and HE DID! We wished him luck and said we hoped he'd hit a homer off Leach...after the Mets were up big. Sure enough in the top of the sixth, he hits one over the center field fence. A real "Babe" moment.

April 29, 1986 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 5
January 24, 2016
The Mets 10th win in a row. In the 6th inning of this game, Strawberry hit a homer to dead center field (well over 400 feet), and if you look at the replay, he hit it off of one leg. Even McCarver said it was one of the most incredible homers that he's ever seen.

May 12, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
August 13, 2004
I attended a night game at Shea in my early teens which was one of the best games I had ever seen played. After reviewing this database, I believe this game occured on the night of May 12th, two days before my 14th birthday. I was brought to Shea by my father, who I rarely got to spend time with. The game was a very well- pitched affair which saw no scoring until the late innings. If I remember correctly, Dale Murphy of the Braves hit a very dangerous looking drive in the ninth, but was thrown out trying to stretch it. This gem energized the crowd who had been simmering all night in expectation of a big play and carried the Mets into their half of the ninth. This is when the game's only run was scored.

Bob P
October 15, 2004

JC, thanks for sharing your memories of your first game! According to, there is no indication of Murphy being thrown out attempting to stretch a hit during the game. In fact, the play-by-play log shows that no Brave was thrown out on the basepaths during the game. Dale Murphy did double in the sixth with one out but was left there after a groundout and a strikeout. Here is the top of the ninth:

BRAVES 9TH: WASHINGTON BATTED FOR HARPER; Washington struck out; Thomas struck out; Virgil walked; Hubbard made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Braves 0, Mets 0.

The Mets won it in the bottom of the ninth when Ray Knight led off with a double off Paul Assenmacher and Tim Teufel singled him home.

July 11, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Atlanta Braves 0
January 30, 2002
The final brawl game of the year. On NBC, Gary Carter hits a 3 run HR in his 1st AB and a grand slam on his 2nd. Palmer decides to take it out on Straw who charges the mound and that wuss Palmer throws his glove at him! Pretty weak move

Choo Choo
July 12, 2006

Jose Valentin's seven RBIs by the second inning in Mike Pelfrey's debut reminded me of this game. I was there. Not only did Carter and Straw have their moments, but Sid Fernandez did too. He pitched a two hit shutout and won 11-0. He had three hits of his own. It was one of the best Met games I'd ever been at. They were clicking on all cylinders and the stadium was rocking.

January 23, 2013

Living in PA, this was the first game my dad and I ever saw in Shea. Gary was my favorite player, and seeing that grand slam (second dinger of the day!) was one of the greatest moments of my childhood. I'll never forget how electric the crowd was, and how the upper deck shook like there was an earthquake!

Straw rushing the mound somehow added to the raucous excitement level, and it felt like the stands could burst at any moment.

This was truely one of the greatest days my father and I ever had.

July 12, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 1
Mike A.
February 29, 2008
The only Met game I attended where the weather was pretty bad, a lot of drizzle and wind. Yet they did not call the game.

It was Old Timer's Day, Mets alum vs Brooklyn Dodger alum, I was surprised they played three innings considering the weather.

As for the game, Mets just steam-rolled the Braves, without hitting any home runs. I remember Dykstra scoring a lot!

Carl bloom
October 21, 2015

I need to find a video of this game, NBC game of the week. I caught two foul balls during the game. Vin and Joe were talking about me. If anyone out there knows how to obtain this please let me know. I am now 44 and would like to share this memory with my children. Backman hit both balls.

July 13, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 0
March 19, 2016
Dykstra hit a homer, a triple and threw out a runner at home plate in this game. Providing all of the offense and defense that Darling would need in his shutout. At this point in this season during June and especially July, Dykstra was playing better than anyone in the National League. He would go on to slump badly in August, but obviously rebound come October.

May 8, 2017

This was Rusty Staub Day. Several Mets gathered at home plate wearing red wigs to honor the man of the hour, Le Grand Orange.

July 26, 1986 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
Richard Biever
October 25, 2001
I drove down to this game from the Indianapolis area to see the Mets and visit a buddy and his wife living in the area and for some r&r.

My friends weren't baseball fans but were willing to join me in my celebration of this glorious season the Mets were having. These three games with Atlanta would be the only opportunities I had to see the Mets this entire World Championship season.

This was to have been a Friday night game, but it was rained out. So, I got to see a double header, my first ever.

My friends were going to act as Braves fans simply to give me a hard time. Instead they ended up consoling me. The Mets looked like the 1983 Mets or something! Keith Hernandez said after the double header it was the worse the Mets had played all season!

Just the luck of a Hoosier-born Mets fan, I guess.

July 27, 1986 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 1
Richard Biever
October 25, 2001
The Mets salvaged my vacation by winning the third of the three-game series (after dropping both ends of a double header the night before).

They hit three consecutive homers to blow the game open, I think in the top of the 5th.

They didn't hit three consecutive homers again until 1988(?) in Cincinnati. It was the Sunday afternoon after the infamous Dave Pallone-Pete Rose night game. I was fortunate enough to be at those two games, too.

Ryan Sanders
May 17, 2008

My first baseball game. I was a huge Met fan but grew up in the South. My favorite player was Gary Carter. Great memory: back to back to back!

April 10, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 3
moe berg
August 23, 2006
Back to back home runs by Strawberry and McReynolds in the fourth. I found cigarettes in the soda I bought at an upper deck concession stand and had a terrible physical reaction to say the least.

April 12, 1987 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 12, Mets 4
Kevin Walsh
October 25, 2002
This was the game in which Dion James killed a pigeon with a fly ball. He hit it toward McReynolds in left, who lined up for the catch, but watched in disbelief as the ball struck the bird and, both bird and ball plopped in front of him. It was a bad sign for Ojeda and the Mets, who went on to get pounded with Sisk (who else) taking the brunt of it.

John L.
October 21, 2015

Rafael Santana carried the deceased bird off the field.

July 21, 1987 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 3
John T
October 27, 2007
This was my first Mets game at Shea...I was 6.5 years old, Doc Gooden was on the mound, and Strawberry homered. At least that's what my brothers told me. I was too pre-occupied with the sno-cone and ice cream my father bought for me to notice.

July 22, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 3
December 11, 2005
This is the first game I ever watched at Shea, in fact the first baseball game ever. I was a big Gary Carter fan but he didn't play that day.

It was a day game and I was 12 years old sitting in the upper deck. I'm talkin cheaper than cheap seats. It was a summer camp field trip.

Ended up moving to California a few years later and didn't go back to Shea until 2004.

April 26, 1988 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 13, Atlanta Braves 4
Bob P
May 22, 2004
Keith Hernandez had his first two homers of the 1988 season in this game. The first came off Tom Glavine in the fifth inning, and the second was a grand slam off Charlie Puleo in the eighth. Keith had seven RBIs in the game, including the 1,000th of his career.

Gary Carter also homered in this game off Glavine. That gave Gary seven homers on the young season and 298 for his career. He would hit number 299 three weeks later but then would go homerless for 225 at bats (almost three months) before hitting number 300. After hitting seven homers in the team's first eighteen games, Gary finished the season with just 11 home runs.

Dwight Gooden struggled early, giving up four runs and six hits through the first four innings. but he settled down and wound up with a complete game ten-hitter, and improved his record to 5-0.

July 16, 1988 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
March 25, 2011
A McReynolds bloop double in the 8th gave Edwin Nunez the only win of his very brief Mets career in this game.

July 22, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 1
January 31, 2005
I went to this game with my family, I was 17 years old. Mookie Wilson collected his 1000th hit that night.

April 28, 2006

Dwight Gooden also got his 1000 strikeout that night.

July 23, 1988 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 1
Matthew Orel
January 10, 2002
One of the last games I ever attended at Shea. The Mets were good, and were up against the awful Atlanta Braves, who were throwing out somebody who was making his MLB debut.

Thing is, this somebody was GOOD. Very good. His name was John Smoltz, and he totally shut down the Mets. One run on 4 hits, and the Braves won 6-1. Many fans around me had no idea what they were watching. One yahoo kept shouting, "this guy's got NOTHING!!! Why can't we hit him?" Too bad he didn't appreciate what he saw.

August 5, 2009

Was at this game sitting in Field Box on 1B side as it was Old Timers day and Tom Seaver weekend. Saw all the retired players play a pick up game against each other as everyone was excited of Seaver getting his #41 retired the next day.

We all knew Seaver was on his way to Cooperstown but little did anyone know this day we would see the debut of someone else now headed to Cooperstown-John Smoltz. Before this game me and no one else I knew ever heard of Smoltz. Well we all knew him by the end of the game. Just shut the Mets down completely and struck out Strawberry for his 1st of 3000+ career strikeouts. This was a statement from Smoltz that he has arrived on the MLB level in a big way and will be known and he now is and will now be joining Seaver in Cooperstown someday. This certainly was the beginning of the big turnaround for the Braves as they were the joke of the NL for many years at the time. I can say I saw some history on this day.

July 24, 1988 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 2
Jeff In Florida
May 28, 2003
This was Tom Seaver Day at Shea. It was also the major league debut of John Smoltz.

Bob P
June 5, 2003

Smoltz actually made his debut the day before, July 23, and (as so many rookies have done over the years) pitched a masterpiece against the Mets!

This day was certainly very special. I still have it on video and I remember Seaver in his suit and tie, making his speech and then jogging to the mound and bowing to all corners of the crowd at Shea. It brought tears to my eyes. I was 15 when the Mets won in 1969 and Seaver and Joe Namath were--and still are--my all time sports heroes!

Putbeds 1986
January 15, 2006

I was at this game and it was the only time I ever saw a player get his number retired in person. The weather was not the greatest (cloudy with a hint of rain) but the ceremony was picture perfect and I remember at the time there was a big stink that the ceremony and the game was NOT on Channel 9 but on Sportschannel and that NOT everybody would be able to see it. Two great home run hitters belted round-trippers that day (Straw and Dale Murphy). The Mets lost that day, 4-2.

June 24, 2006

I got tickets for this game before the season began because it was the day the Mets retired Seaver's number.

It was by far the worst seats I ever had for a Met game and practically the worst seat you can possibly have:

Upper Deck Section 47, second to last row on the far aisle.

Basically, there were about two people in the ballpark who had worse seats for that game.

Plus the Mets lost 4-2.

March 9, 2016

Was Seaver day at Shea. What a great memory, one that I'll never forget.

July 14, 1989 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Bob P
April 30, 2004
Sid Fernandez struck out 16 in this game, and maybe more amazingly, did not walk anyone. But his record fell to 7-3 when Lonnie Smith led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run.

Sid struck out everyone in the Atlanta lineup at least once. In fact, Smith had struck out in all three of his previous at bats in this game. Oddibe McDowell also was a K victim three times.

Miserable Crank
June 11, 2007

Mets fans (or Braves for that matter) may find this funny or bizarre. I needed to make a "party tape" of music for a Summer get together I was having.

Well, instead of recording tunes to a cassette tape, I decided to record a 3 hour continuous mix of music to a Betamax (remember those VCR days!) tape.

However, even though I was only going to play the audio, I needed a video control track to stabilize the recording.

Well, the Mets at the Braves on July 14th 1989 was a good video source as any. I recorded that game on SuperStation TBS as the video source.

It is funny to watch because it is essentially a 3 hour music video baseball game. The big, round eye glasses of the day are a real hoot to watch in 2007!

Lonnie Smith's top-of-the-ninth solo shot to win it for the Braves 3-2 was even set to music.

Looking back, it is a visual study in baseball anthropology.

April 24, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
August 3, 2000
Mike Marshall drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th with a single up the middle. It was the only positive thing he did during his six months in New York.

Bob P
July 2, 2004

Further to an earlier post on this game, Mike Marshall did indeed drive in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, but it came on an infield out. With the bases loaded and one out, Marshall grounded one up the middle that was snagged by Braves SS Jeff Blauser, who threw to 2B Jeff Treadway for the force play, but there was no time to double Marshall at first, and Mark Carreon scored the winning run.

April 30, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 7, Mets 4
October 6, 2006
I dont remember the specifics. But I know this was the game where Cone got into an arguement with the 1st base umpire and let 2 runs score because he wouldnt stop arguing.

May 1, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 2
Bob P
May 19, 2005
Braves LHP Derek Lilliquist picked up his first win of the season in this game and also became the first pitcher in five seasons to hit two home runs in one game.

Both of Lilliquist's homers came off Ron Darling. He homered leading off the third and the fifth innings.

Darren Reed made his ML debut in this game and struck out as a pinch-hitter.

July 5, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 8
Stephen Costanza
May 22, 2004
The big blow in this game was Darryl Strawberry's 3-run homer in the top of the 7th, which put the Mets ahead 8-7. John Franco gave up a homer to Ron Gant in the bottom of the 9th to make it 9- 8. This was a really exciting win.

July 8, 1990 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
May 13, 2008
The all-star break could not have come at a worse time after this game. With this win...I believe the Mets completed a stretch of 27-5 baseball, quite possibly the best any Mets team has played for a period of about a month in team history.

July 20, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 1
Ed K
February 23, 2011
El Sid stikes out seven in a row to claim the Met record by a lefty, and second to Tom Seaver's ten-in-a-row for all Met pitchers.

July 22, 1990 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Bob P
July 4, 2004
The Braves scored three runs in this game, one on a passed ball, one on a wild pitch, and one on a sac fly.

The 3-2 victory gave Atlanta one win in this four game series at Shea, and the Braves dropped their fourth series in a row. The next time the Atlanta Braves lost four straight series was in May of 2004!!

June 12, 1991 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 1
Bob P
August 20, 2004
Atlanta LHP Steve Avery shuts down the Mets at Shea, and to top it off, he goes 4-for-4 with three singles and a triple.

Avery was not a bad hitting pitcher through his career. He finished with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers, and 32 RBIs in 437 at bats.

September 7, 1991 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 1
September 27, 2001
Mets were so pathetic at this point in the season that fans at this game were more interested in rooting for Jimmy Connors, who was playing a US Open match across the street at the same time as the game. Unfortunately, Connors suffered the same fate as the Mets this day.

May 1, 1992 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 7
Stephen Costanza
April 23, 2003
After the Braves tied up this game in the bottom of the 7th, Daryl Boston hit the game-winning HR in the top of the 8th off Juan Berenguer. What seemed like a blowout turned out to be a nail- biter.

May 3, 1992 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 0
Bob P
March 4, 2004
Eddie Murray hits his second homer as a Met, and it is the 400th of his career.

David Cone pitches a five-hit shutout, striking out eight, and drives in two runs with a bases-loaded single as the Mets improve to 15-10.

August 31, 1992 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 6
March 18, 2002
First game of a twi-night doubleheader that went 14 innings. Looking back on the game, I could've sworn that the Mets won on a Bonilla single.

Bob P
May 26, 2004

The Mets lost this game in fourteen innings when Otis Nixon hit a two-out, two-run double off Lee Guetterman.

Bobby Bonilla did have an RBI single in the eighth inning. It drove in the first of four runs that inning as the Mets tied the score 6-6. The Mets had just nine hits in fourteen innings and four of their hits came in the top of the eighth.

September 1, 1992 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 1
Howard Fein
June 19, 2004
This was the game that featured the infamous shoving match between Vince Coleman and Jeff Torborg. Coleman was called out on strikes after failing to check his swing. After much arguing, the ump ran him. Vince kept it up, so Torborg came out of the dugout. Player and manager exchanged shoves, much to the delight of the crowd that was numbed by the otherwise dreary 1992 season. The subsequent NL pennant-winning Braves went on to win the game, 4-1. Another all- too-typical outcome for the era.

Bob P
July 2, 2004

Howard, wow-I had forgotten all about the shoving match between two of my least favorite Mets of all time!

After Coleman got booted, he was replaced by Ryan Thompson, who made his major league debut in this game and struck out in his first at bat.

September 2, 1992 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
Jon Victor
September 22, 2002
I went to this game when I was 9 and a Braves fan. It was my first season as a fan, although I would become a Mets fan before 1994. At this game, my favorite player, Braves catcher Greg Olson, came over to me and gave me one of the balls that he used for batting practice, complete with autograph! He also signed my baseball cap! What a nice person!

May 21, 1993 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 2
Bob P
March 7, 2004
The Mets lose to Atlanta in Dallas Green's first game as manager. The Mets were 13-25 (.342) under Jeff Torborg this season and they compiled an 85- 115 record under Torborg in 200 games.

The Mets went 46-78 (.371) under Green for the rest of 1993 and finished the year with 103 losses.

May 22, 1993 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 1
Anthony Ventarola
November 11, 2011
I was invited to this game last minute by two friends of mine. We sat in the upper deck. It was only memorable because of Dwight Gooden's good pitching and GREAT hitting that day. He went 3-3 with a home run to left field. A good shot, too!

Despite all the games I've been to, it remains to this day the only game I've attended live and seen a pitcher hit a home run.

May 23, 1993 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
gharian price
August 9, 2010
Good well-pitched game. Dave Magadan almost tied the game in the 9th inning but Atlanta's center fielder slid and made a game-saving catch for the Braves. Miss going to Shea, hope to go to Citi Field soon.

June 15, 1993 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
Bob P
March 7, 2004
Tom Glavine threw a complete game six-hitter to win this game for the Braves. He did not walk or strike out anyone, and threw just 79 pitches in nine innings.

The one Met run came on Darrin Jackson's only home run as a Met.

May 14, 1994 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Atlanta Braves 4
Steve Rogers
August 5, 2005
This game is imortalized in the 5/23/1994 cover of Sports Illustrated. John Cangelosi gets hit by John Smoltz twice and obviously charged the mound.

Cangelosi "backs" into the cover shot to attack an unseen Smoltz with ex-Met Charlie O'Brien pouncing upon him and Terry Pendelton joining the fray.

Lee Devereaux
March 8, 2006

I was at this game. Anytime anyone brings up what a nice, sweet guy John Smoltz is, I bring up this game. Great brawl. I had field level seats along left field and was shouting at Steve Bedrosian as he was "running" from the bullpen, then gasping back. He pointed back at me...I was praying that he'd come towards me.

That's the only brawlgame I've ever been to.

July 17, 2007

I was at this game. I believe Cangelosi was hit right after the grand slam by Ryan Thompson. I was waiting on line at the concession stand behind home plate so I got a nice birds eye view.

May 9, 1995 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Stephen Costanza
April 20, 2003
Chipper Jones' HR in the top of the 9th won the game an inning after Jeff Kent's HR tied the score at 2.

May 31, 2006

Larry's HR off of Manzanillo in the 9th was not only the game winner, but it was his first Major League HR. And, of course, only the beginning of the lifetime of misery he would bring to all Mets fans, and the reason he named his daughter Shea.

February 26, 2013

Shea is Larry's son, not daughter. But yes, this was indeed the day Larry hit his first major league homer.

May 10, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 2
January 22, 2005
It was a cold and wet night at this game. I went with my mom, dad, and grandma. Then rookie Chipper Jones helped stake the Braves to a 2-0 lead with a solo home run. The Mets went into the eighth down 2-1 and rallied to go on to win 5-2. However, the highlight of the rally was when the field sprinklers suddenly started up and delayed the game.

October 1, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
Ed K
October 25, 2004
Mets pulled this season finale out in Shea in 11 innings. The win pulled the Mets into a second place tie in the NL East. Of course, they were 21 games behind the Braves and 6 games under .500. But considering that they were more than 20 games under .500 in early August and that Izzy pitched 8 great innings in this game to finish his half season in the rotation with a 9-2 record, and Met fans had some hope for the future. Sadly, they did not continue their improvement in 1996 and Izzy never panned out with the Mets. It wasn't until 1997 with Bobby V at the helm that things finally turned around.

Dan H
January 6, 2007

Terrific game on a beautiful afternoon. We went without tickets planning to buy them at the park, but a man saw me on line with my two year old son and handed me tickets (field level box seats!) and wouldn't take any money. The only problem for us that day was that there was no food being sold because it was the last game of a long season and even the vendors had given up.

February 6, 2011

I remember this one well. A beautiful afternoon to end the season. Izzy continued his great pitching and the Mets put a nice touch on the end of their season. It's forgotten now but the 95 Mets were actually a decent team, especially in the second half.

June 10, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 3
August 23, 2006
My first Mets game ever. Sat in a sky box.

At one point (I forget which inning), Steve Avery on the mound, hits Jose Vizcaino on the leg, his bad leg, on which he had a very well-publicized injury. The Mets cried foul. Nothing happens.

Bottom of the same inning, Steve Avery leads off, and Bobby Jones throws two pitches right at his head. Home plate ump comes out to warn the pitcher, and then Dallas Green comes out to argue a bit with the umpire. As Green starts to walk back to the dugout, Avery makes a smart-ass comment about Green in front of Todd Hundley. Hundley then gets in Avery's face and chest-bumps him. BENCHES CLEAR. BULLPENS CLEAR. Everyone is pushing and punches thrown, just a big scuffle....

Mets win 8-3

June 12, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Stu Baron
October 12, 2007
I covered this game for a local newspaper, and at his locker following the game, starting/winning pitcher Mark Clark said, "People back home said (Braves pitcher Greg) Maddux is hard to beat, but hey, look at me, I did it!"

September 14, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
August 20, 2004
A true piece of Mets history: Todd Hundley's 41st HR of the season, putting him in the record books for most HRs in a season by a catcher. The previous record was held by Roy Campanella and the record would once again be broken by Javy Lopes in the 2000's.

Hundley should have been a franchise player with NY. Too bad the Piazza-at-first experiment wasn't tried then.

Mike D.
May 13, 2007

I have very fond memories of this game. I took my then 9 year old nephew to see his first baseball game. Todd Hundley had been stuck on 40 home runs for about a week and seemed to be getting frustrated. He came up in the 7th with 2 men on and the Mets down 5-2. Bam! Batting lefty, he drilled an opposite field shot over the wall in the left field corner (off of future Met Greg McMichael) to tie the game. I think they played a video on Diamond Vision right after he circled the bases, showing each of his 41 home runs.

The Mets eventually won in the 12th on a Lance Johnson single and we raced back to Staten Island to celebrate my sister's 30th birthday. All in all, a great day.

My nephew became a big New York baseball fan that season, though even the excitement at Shea on that sunny September afternoon couldn't save him from being pulled over to the "Dark Side." Oh well, I still love him.

September 15, 1996 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Bryan Hoch
July 16, 2001
An otherwise meaningless game for both teams, but this day was the occasion of my second Mets game, over six years from the date of my first.

I sat in the mezzanine behind home plate on an overcast, damp afternoon and watched Tom Glavine shut down a lineup littered with guys like Roberto Petagine and Chris Jones. We also got to witness the major-league debut of Mets catcher Charlie Greene.

Nothing all too special about this one, but I'd be back for '97. And '98. And '99. And...

September 18, 2002

At the end of this generally depressing, of its era contest, my friend and I sat quietly for a moment, giving it a "what a long season it's been" pause.

An usher came by.

"All right, get moving."

I've always wished I'd said, "What do you need the place for? A Bar Mitzvah?"

March 7, 2004

Well, my story of this game may well top the least from a sad standpoint.

First of all, I originally had tickets for the previous afternoon's game, the Hundley 41st HR/great 12-inning win game. However, it was also Rosh Hashana, and therefore I would not be attending that game. I traded my tickets for that game with a friend who had tickets for this game. Not quite the same, although I ended up with better seats.

But the kicker was, in the days when Chipper Jones was simply the Braves up-and-comer, and not the hated LARRY!, I happened to be seated in the loge, just underneath a box full of female teenage Braves fans. This was what I was subjected to the entire game:





Of course, Chips is enjoying a 3 hit game. However, all the Mets fans in my section have wised up by his 4th AB, and boo long and lustily as he approaches the plate, drawing the ire of the girls, and we cheer even louder after he struck out. At least the girls shut up for a few minutes.

June 24, 1997 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 5
January 29, 2001
This game was a lot of fun. The Mets for the first time in years looked as if they might have a say in the division race, and rallied to beat the Braves in their final at-bat on a single by Carlos Baerga. It was their second straight win over the Braves and fans showing early symptoms of pennant fever left Shea chanting "sweep! sweep!" I was on a first-date with a Braves fan and was slightly embarrassed to be rubbing it in her face, but I did anyway. Too bad we got killed the next night.

January 10, 2005

Sat in the field level in left-field, saw Baerga's game-tying homer sail past me... then he had the game-winning single! His best game as a Met. I remember being elated, I had gone to the game the night before as well. My dreams of a sweep were dashed the next day when Bobby Jones was rocked. Luckily I wasn't there for that one.

June 25, 1997 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 14, Mets 7
August 16, 2000
What a nightmare! Not only was it 95 degrees that day with a heat index of 105 degrees, but Chipper Jones ripped a grand slam and the Mets lost by a touchdown to the Braves. For this we risked heat stroke???

Bob P
September 1, 2004's Jayson Stark reports that Chipper Jones hit two home runs off Bobby Jones in this game. That marked just the second time since 1916 that a player hit more than one homer in a game off a pitcher with the same last name!

Chipper had a solo shot with two outs in the fourth inning to make it 6-3 Atlanta, then hit a grand slam with two outs in the fifth. He finished the day 3-for-3 with two walks, five RBIs, and four runs scored. The Mets scored four in the bottom of the ninth to make the game look closer than it really was.

John Q
March 4, 2005

This game was the first Met game I ever took my nephew to see. He was about 4 years old at the time and I just remember it being the hottest game I ever attended.

I remember there was a buzz in the air because the Mets had just won a bunch of games and they were on the verge of sweeping the Braves for the first time in years. Unfortunately, Chipper Jones had a monster game and the Mets never caught the Braves.

July 11, 1997 Turner Field
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 7
January 23, 2013
If anyone remembers, this is the game where Todd Pratt lost his bat into the stands 3 different times, once injuring someone. By the 3rd time, in the 8th inning, Atlanta fans were booing Todd very loudly and security had to almost get involved by the Mets dugout and put a stop to a potentially bad situation.

July 13, 1997 Turner Field
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 6
November 20, 2001
This was Huskey v. Neagle game I referred to. Butch hit 2 homers as the Mets erased a 6-0 deficit. In the 10th, Ochoa pinch-hit a home run so far the outfielders didn't bother looking back. That turned out to be the game-winner and probably, Alex Ochoa's greatest accomplishment as a Met.

September 17, 1997 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 10, Mets 2
September 18, 2002
The prototype for Turner Field heartbreak to come. The Mets (and me) were clinging to that Wild Card fantasy--and really now, with the Marlins as the competition, it could've happened. But all-star pitcher Bobby Jones retired not a single batter--said he couldn't grip the ball in the heat--and like Roto-Rooter, away went playoff hopes down the drain. When the disasters that have undone the Mets in Atlanta are tallied, I'm always curious as to why this two-game set that buried the Mets' first underfunded Wild Card quest is overlooked. It was, in its time, just as bad as the misdeeds of Angel Hernandez, Chipper Jones, Kenny Rogers, John Burkett...heck, you name it, it's been awful.

September 26, 1997 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 7, Mets 6
Mario Lanza
August 6, 2002
This was the major league debut of John LeRoy, whom I played with as a teammate, growing up in Bellevue, WA. He got the win in relief for the Braves, never again pitched in the majors, and died of an aneurysm in 2001 at the age of 26.

November 27, 2004

Nobody has noted that in this game, Rafael Belliard hit a 2-run HR in the 7th inning off of Brian Bohanon. This is quite a notable feat. The last time Rafael Belliard had hit a Home Run previous to this was on May 5, 1987. That is 1987. 10 years and 1,869 at-bats in between HRs. And, of course, it beat the Mets. Simply remarkable.

September 28, 1997 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 2
Shickhaus Franks
November 5, 2006
It was the Mets home (and season) finale and the sun played peek-a-boo with the clouds all afternoon but they got this one in. John Olerud got to the 100 RBI mark as the Mets defeated the playoff bound Braves 8-2 in front of 27,176. After the game, Bobby V and company came out for a curtain call and we cheered like crazy! It was a sure sign of good things to come as then-Dodger Mike Piazza hit his 40th home run in Colorado on the same day. Who knew at the time that several months later that Piazza would be a New York Met?

April 6, 2016

One of the most "feel good" games in Mets history in my opinion. The 1997 Mets finished off an 88 win season with a big win over the Braves. This team really came out of nowhere to put together a season that few expected after years of mediocre play, especially with starting the season off going 3-9. Once this game was over, Diamond Vision played a video of season highlights and even some of the players had tears in their eyes (notably Carlos Baerga and John Franco). Fun game to watch and really set the stage for a nice run of seasons for the team.

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

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

Putbeds 1986
April 1, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shickhaus Franks
September 28, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

October 20, 2004

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

September 19, 2007

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

July 2, 1999 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 16, Mets 0
August 17, 2002
Watching Matt Franco strike out Andruw Jones in a blowout Mets loss! It doesn't get any better than that. Gotta love it!

June 23, 2004

When the Mets get blown out 11-3, I'm upset. But when the Mets get blown out 16-0, I just laugh it up. That was the case in this game, where the Braves killed the Mets 16-0 and the highlight of the game was when Matt Franco came in and Gerald Williams, future-Met, would hit a homer off him before HE STRUCK OUT ANDRUW JONES! Just that was like the Mets winning to me.

September 6, 2006

I remember this game well...

I convinced my future Father-In-Law to come to the game with me, and the main draw was that it was fireworks night.

Having to sit through that debacle just to see some fireworks was excrutiating.

The lone brightspot was that Maddux was throwing a no-no going into the 5th.

July 19, 2006

I couldn't leave because it was firework night. The Mets got their butts kicked bad and Matt Franco pitched the ninth and not John Franco so you know what kind of night that was. I snuck down to field level and the guy asked to see my tickets. I said have you seen the scoreboard? He said go ahead.

September 26, 2013

A Franco pitched the ninth inning! Just not the one you expected.

Ugh, at least Matty was a better mop-up arm than Derek Bell.

July 3, 1999 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 0
July 4, 2004
I went to this game hoping the Mets could rebound from a 16-0 loss to the Braves the night before but they couldn't, as the Braves, the Mets most hated rival at this time, scored 3 runs and Millwood was incredible, yielding 2 hits over 8 innings and the Braves won 3-0 and had scored 19 runs in the last two games while the Mets had scored none.

January 23, 2013

My cousin from Nebraska was visiting the NY-NJ area and wanted to attend a Mets game with me. I obtained box seats and watched one of the most boring games I've ever attended. The Mets had only 3 hits off Millwood. My guest was not impressed with the Mets on that day!

July 4, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 6
Lee Devereaux
March 5, 2006
I was at this game. It was an ungodly hot day. Before the game it was photo day and fans could walk on the field and take pictures of the players. I had waited my entire life to get on the field. I was dehydrated and probably was borderline heat stroke...I got sick on the line (I was able to get away from the crowd, much to their delight). I got back in the line and stepped onto the field. I got to take 1 picture and nearly got sick in centerfield.

The game was really great. It was a night game, but it was still so hot, 1st aid staff was passing out ice packs to fans. The Mets were losing to the Braves but came back against John Smoltz (I hate this man since the brawl w/ John Cangelosi in '94). Mets won. Ha Ha. I had horrible sunburn for weeks and couldn't eat for 3 days. But it was worth it.

September 28, 1999 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 9, Mets 3
Donald Siudmak
May 7, 2009
I caught my only foul ball in 36 years of Mets games. It was hit by Melvin Mora I believe and want to confirm through a scorecard of the game if I can see one?

September 29, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 2
July 29, 2002
This was a fantastic night at Shea! The Mets took their collective frustration out on Greg Maddux, of all pitchers. After being handled by the Braves the previous week, they batted around in the 4th and put a 7-spot on the scoreboard. Johnny O. laced a grand-slam to chase Maddux. The stands were ROCKING!!! If nothing else, we exacted a small measure of payback this night.

Ed K
April 1, 2006

Everybody remembers that Al Leiter won Game 163 against the Reds five days later but his win in his previous start on this night was probably as significant. Mets had lost 7 in a row and if they had not ended the tailspin in this game the season would have been lost.

September 30, 1999 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
February 12, 2006
I was at this game after a emotional win the night before and the Daily News back page read something like the Mets live on. It was drizzling rainy damp night the game was back and forth. Alfonzo comes through in the 8th with a homer and unfortunately in the 11th Shawon Dunston boots a ball and the next batter singles home the run. I remember getting on the 7 train; it was like a ghost town. No one looked at each other. It was like our season was over but thank God we had one more push to pull out the wild card.

October 13, 1999 Turner Field
1999 National League Championship Series Game 2
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 3
Professor G
July 5, 2005
I can't believe how stupid I was. If I routinely tape games to watch later (I live on the West Coast) then how could I not have taped this one??? I was STUPID enough to do three things: 1) actually go to work, knowing this game was on at 1 pm our time; 2) actually go into yet another agonizingly boring staff meeting led by an even more agonzingly boring manager - a guy whose milquetoast personality makes even Art Howe look like The Rock - while the game was going on. I was more pissed at myself than Kenny Rogers - who Bobby V should've saved for a Game 3 home start - for allowing Eddie Perez to take him deep.

October 15, 1999 Shea Stadium
1999 National League Championship Series Game 3
Atlanta Braves 1, Mets 0
February 6, 2002
this was a rough one. the Mets made like no errors the whole year, and their best offensive player's error cost the Mets a biggie. Leiter was superb, but had nothing to show for it.

jimmy "sweet" pea
October 22, 2003

The first playoff game at Shea stadium in many, many years. Friend of mine got tickets and four of us made the drive down from Albany. Met other friends at Shea, but the friend with the tickets hadn't shown yet. Jimmy Cadillac talked with a cop, expalined the situation and the cop let us into a pre-game party going on in the left field bullpen. Incredible. Ice sculptures, live music, open bars, sushi, BBQ. Wilpon was working the crowd, as was former Senator Al D'Amato, who was stuffing his face with the free food. Great seats and an incredible game with several plays at the plate. Braves scored only once -- in the first inning, but the Mets couldn't put a run across and lost. Tough ride home. Ventura's grand-slam single two games later would lift our spirits, but Kenny Rogers walking in the game and series winner was a killer.

Shickhaus Franks
April 11, 2011

I was at this game. A tight one to nothing loss with Leiter pitching his guts out but the highlight was me yelling to John Rocker "RUN, FORREST, RUN" as he entered the game in the 9th and that was 2 months before he almost ruined Christmas and Y2K with his ignorant comments about New Yorkers and the 7 train.

October 16, 1999 Shea Stadium
1999 National League Championship Series Game 4
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
October 20, 2000
It was crazy. I went to this game certain the Mets were going to lose. I mean, the braves had 3 games and the Mets none. I went in with a negative attitude, and came out of the stadium with a feeling of triumph! I felt like the entire crowd, young and old, came together that night. The entire stadium echoed "ASSHOLE" periodically through the night and occational "LARRY"'s. everyone, old men and little girls were all screaming it at the top of their lungs. thats what I love about being a Mets fan. such a diverse crowd that comes together regardless of any diffrences. I had so much fun and the Mets rocked, but it was overshadowed by the fact that after the game, I had the luck of meeting Gary CArter in the parking lot. he was my alltime favorite met and my childhood idol. the whole night was one to remember, even though I dont remember the specific detail of the game.

tom g
May 27, 2002

This was the first Met playoff game I had ever been to, although I have been a fan for nearly 25 years. I was sitting right next to the Braves bullpen in the picnic area. I remember all the police who had been there to protect John Rocker, and you should have heard the abuse he took from all the Met fans. In the bottom of the eighth inning, he came in to pitch and John Olerud hit a 2-run single off Rocker to score the tying and eventual winning runs. Benitez got the save in the 9th, and the Mets were still alive. I will never forget how crazy the subway ride home from Shea was that night.

January 15, 2003

This was my second playoff game I ever attended (and second of 1999 for that matter) and it was awesome. It was my cousin Dan, my uncle Dave, my sister Julie and myself. My cousin and I took the upper deck tickets and my sister and uncle took the field level tickets. The upper deck was awesome though. The game was quiet for the first six innings.

I remember when John Olerud came up, I pulled my Rosary out of my pocket and all of a sudden, BANG! Olerud hit a solo shot. It looked like Rick Reed was in control, then suddenly, Brian Jordan (this guy always seems to get big hits against them) and Ryan Klesko hit back-to-back homers to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Rick Reed looked sooo down was he was pulled out. He still pitched an awesome game.

Then, Mets have runners on second and third (Roger Cedeno and Melvin Mora did a double steal) with Olerud coming up. In came John Rocker and along with him, the roaring "a**hole* chants. It was sooo intense, Olerud had two strikes and then lo and behold, he gets what I believe was his first hit off Rocker and at the perfect time. My cousin and I screamed at each other in excitment. Then, Armando Benitez came in and closed out an awesome game.

July 4, 2004

I was really upset because the Braves were up in the NLCS 3-0 and were one game away from making the World Series and I knew I had tickets to Game 5 so if the Mets could just win this game I could get to see them play one more time this year. In the eighth inning, it was 2-1 Braves and things didn't look good and John Rocker was on the mound and everyone was booing him but the Mets got Mevlin Mora and Roger Cedeno on second and third for John Olerud and John Olerud hit a bouncing ball up the middle that went off Ozzie Guillen's glove and both runs scored and the Mets took the lead! Then Armando Benitez came in to save it and I was going to see them tomorrow.

October 17, 1999 Shea Stadium
1999 National League Championship Series Game 5
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 3
October 20, 2000
I have been a Mets fan since I was 6, but I have never been to or even seen a game as exciting as this one. It was game 5 of the NLCS and it was the 15th inning. I remember the roar of the fans screaming down at John Rocker and then it came: the forever to be remembered Grand slam single by Robin Ventura! The crowd went wild, we were all hugging each other and jumping around and kissing stangers and going crazy. there was no feeling at all like that one, and I will always remember how loud that crowd was when Ventura got that hit, and how we all came together with one common goal; to get to the World Series. It didnt matter that the next day the braves went on to clinch the pennet, it didnt matter that I lost my voice the day before a big presentation , and it didn't matter that I had broke my toe jumping up an down like crazy, the only thing that mattered was that we won! and that rocker sucked! I am so privledged to have been part of this game, this history in the making.

Lou C.
August 14, 2001

Sat in the upper boxes in right field with my 8 year old son. We got pretty wet. When it went extra innings, I told the people around us that to be a true Met miracle they would have to be losing before they won. My son wanted to move down, because people were leaving. We went down to the loge by first base. It was getting cold and late and I told my son, against my better Met fan judgement, that we would leave if noone scored in the next inning. The rest is history. I'll always remember the Dunston atbat. And the Ventura blast. When it was in the air, the game was over. When it cleared the fence, all hell broke loose. I was at Game 7 in 86, the divisional clincher in 88, and the pennant winner in 2000. This was the most fun. people in the parking lot were telling my son that he would never forget that night. LA Woman, cold rain, my son, and alive for another day. It doesnt get better than that.

February 22, 2002

I remember I had to go to a very, very important family "get together" on this evening, unfortunately at a restaurant with no tv. Being die hard Mets fans, me and my brother had to finish it. The game kept on going, and dammit, I was going to sit till the end of it. I listened to the play-by-play on 660. Got to the point that my uncle came out in the parking lot twice to tell us to come in -- I wasn't budging. It was raining pretty hard that evening.

Then, bases loaded. Ventura comes to the plate. And you know what happened then.

Seeing it on television that night when I got home was awesome too. Robin didn't even make it to second! Remember: Grand Slam Single!! What bs. Me and my brother almost lost our voices that night.

October 7, 2004

I started watching this game at home. It was getting late in the game and I had an hour and a half ride back to school in the rain. I thought I was gonna miss the end of the game. I continued listening to the game in my car on 660 WFAN. I sped through the rain so I could watch the Mets beat those damn Braves. I parked my car and ran back to my dorm with my bags and threw the game on the TV. I watched the game for about another hour or so and then POW!! Ventura hit the "grand slam single." When the ball left the bat I jumped up and yelled "GET THE #&*@ OUTTA HERE" and then watched it land on the other side of the fence and giving high fives to other Met fans in the room. One of my favorite sports moments.

November 28, 2004

The matchup for tonight was Greg Maddux vs. Masato Yoshii. In the first inning, Olerud connected off Maddux for a two-run homer to pick up where he left off from the night before and, after that, the game was a low scoring game that featured Chipper Jones getting hits and no one else did and everyone was going "Laaaaaarry!!" and it was also John Rocker's birthday and everyone wanted to see him but I don't think he ever pitched.

Another factor in the game was the weather. It was raining all game and there were a couple of rain delays and the game went a long time into the night. It then went into extras in a 2-2 game and then in the 13th the Braves threatned again when Keith Lockhart, their little used second baseman, got a base hit and then Chipper Jones hit another shot into the right field corner and Lockhart came around third but Melvin Mora saved the game by making an incredible throw to the cutoff, Edgardo Alfonzo, and Fonzie threw it home to Piazza, who blocked the plate incredibly and Lockhart ran over him but Piazza held on to the ball but he was injured.

Then, in the fifteenth, Lockhart tripled and scored and it was 3-2 Braves. Then, the Mets rallied and loaded up the bases for Todd Pratt and he walked to tie it up and Ventura step up, Mr. Grand Slam himself, and, as I knew he would, he hit it out but before he could reach second base he was mobbed by his teammates and he never made it to second so he was only given one RBI and it will be forever known as the "grand single" It was the greatest game I ever went to.

Even Stephen
October 20, 2004

I was never more proud of the Mets than when I watched this game. 25 men pulling together as a team. Every player doing his part.

Shawon Dunston refusing to give up. Orel Hershiser acting on the phone acting like a pitching coach. Al Leiter and Rick Reed warming in the bullpen, ready to go.

This was one game that truly was a team effort.

October 14, 2004

The greatest and most thrilling Mets game I ever saw.

In the pouring rain, the Mets and Braves poured it on through 15 soggy innings. I never saw such intensity at Shea, such crowd involvement, or such drama. Or a 14th-inning-stretch. I have seen many sea serpents (my name for extra-inning games) at Shea Stadium, including a 17-inning disaster in 1979, but never this.

My wife Kathy was blowing her nose from sinuses and hiding under the stands in the late innings, when they ran out of food.

Everybody played. My scorecard was utterly bedraggled.

My biggest memory is that Bobby Valentine brought on a relief pitcher to throw an intentional walk, then yank him. That was overmanaging defined.

After the game, Kats was furious about having to sit through such horrid weather and was reluctant to join me at the World Series. But she did, for Game 3. Logically, that game went into the 10th inning.

October 18, 2004

"Well, I remember the last play because Robin Ventura played it out on one leg the whole game, and there was a point where I thought about taking him out, and he said 'No, leave me in,' and he comes up and gets the winning hit, it's gotta be poetic justice. Justice indeed. -Bobby Valentine

"Run around the bases? Nah. I'm too tired." -Robin Ventura

"I'll tell you, these Mets are Rasputin-like. You cannot put them away. They will not die." -Bob Costas

"They couldn't see beating the Braves 4-in a row, but they can see beating them 2-in a row. They've taken it one game at a time and now maybe they're seeing light at the end of the tunnel." -Joe Morgan

November 8, 2006

hey I been a Mets fan since I was 5 years, the night of October 17, 1999 was a night every Mets fan will cherish for the rest of their lives. I remember I was 17 at the time a junior in HS, I was suppose to go to a B-day party that night, I was getting ready for the party, while I took a shower I had the game on my small radio, after I showered I tuned in the TV again, I think it was the most nervous night I have ever witnessed. At the party they had the game on, in the living room there were some Yankees fans, and like 3 Mets fans including me, when the bot. 15th came all 3 of us Mets fans where doing the rally hat, and then came the Ventura's Grand SLam single, we screamed, we jumped, we cried, and hugged. "WE STILL BELIEVE GO METS!!!" I still believe YEEAAH!! What a game, it was amazin' playing under the rain, making sure that it was not our last game of 1999, we kept on fighting. Hey my fellow Mets fans let us the keep the faith and believe, we will have our town back real soon.

September 6, 2006

My friend and I moved down a couple times from the upper deck, eventually moving to the front row of the loge boxes right near the foul pole in left field (by the Atlanta pen). We would have moved again but after the Braves scored in the 15th, we decided to stay put and watch the Mets' at-bat. And what an at-bat! I remember it like it was yesterday:

Dunston fouled off like eight pitches before singling up the middle and then stole second with Franco pinch-hitting. Franco walks and then Fonzie bunts the runners up. Olerud is walked intentionally to load bases, and Pratt walks on a 3-1 pitch, flings his bat and runs down to first as Mets tie it.

At this point, the place is ROCKING. Literally, and there were like 20,000 empty seats. I remember vividly the fans in the box seats jumping up and down in the rain (and the rain was falling hard); it was tremendous support...

and then Ventura launches the bomb to right. Before it went out I hugged my friend. I didn't even see the ball go out, I knew we had won it with a sac fly at least.

I remember getting on the subway afterward. I asked about the Jets game and somebody said they lost again. I didn't care, not after that Met culminated a whirlwind weekend at Shea, starting with the Friday 1-0 loss, but the back- to-back nail-biting wins. It was crazy at Shea, it was so nice the Mets were in the postseason again. Throw in the Pratt HR vs. Arizona and it was a great run.

Ed K
January 30, 2013

I had drawn my company's tickets for Game 5 and watched Game 4 on Saturday night wondering if my tickets would be any good. But after the Mets won on Saturday night, my wife and I made the trek to Shea for an unforgettable game. Unfortunately, we may have been the only fans to leave the game before it ended. We had a babysitter on short notice watching our infant son for a fixed time and could not stay for extra innings. I did get home in time to see the Ventura walk-off on television. Almost the entire time that we were at the game, everyone was standing.

Shickhaus Franks
May 31, 2013

I was at a bar in Hoboken which no longer exists (I forgot the name) watching this classic game and when Ventura hit the "grand-slam single" a lot of people went crazy and then some and there was talk of a Subway Series but thanks to Kenny Rogers... (As you know, it did happen in 2000.)

September 26, 2013

I can watch this whole game every day and never get bored. THIS was the epoch of the Mets-Braves rivalry in the 90s, and watching Bobby Cox and Bobby V try and out-manage one another makes me nostalgic.

Grand slam single in the rain, Robin Ventura being held aloft by Todd Pratt with "L.A. Woman" playing in the background; that's how I remember the 1999 Mets.

October 19, 1999 Turner Field
1999 National League Championship Series Game 6
Atlanta Braves 10, Mets 9
Jay Coan
March 29, 2001
I remember after the First Five batters have a sick feeling in my gut and turned the TV off, I kept the Radio on and after the 5th inning I smelled COMEBACK! Too Bad We had Rogers in there, btw who else was in the Bull Pen?

April 3, 2001

Dotel was the other pitcher in the bullpen. I can't remember the exact phrase but the announcer said something like "They can bring in Rogers" and about a minute later "Now Dotel's warming up, so it'll be Rogers, a flutterbll pitcher or Dotel who throws heaters." I can't really say I blame Kenny. I blame Leiter, Franco, Benitez, and Valentine all before him.

October 29, 2001

Despite being perhaps the second most ugly postseason Met loss I have ever seen (I am only 16), this is one of the most exciting playoff games in history. I remember watching Al, my favorite Met, and that sparkling Met defense give up those five early runs. But when they eventually got to the 7th and trailed 7 to 3, I just said to myself (in bed and listening to the radio), "Mojo risin'." Then what became what I call today as three weddings and a funeral happened for the Mets.

First I saw them just club good ol' Smoltzy for 4 runs including that classic Piazza shot deep the other way. Next came the improbable base hit by Melly Mora to give them a 1-run lead. After that was blown, I watched big Benny beat Andruw Jones' throw home in the 10th, only to have the not immortal Armando give it right back.

Then came the funeral. Once Gerald Williams led off with the double I knew it was almost over, but I still had hope. What I still don't understand though, is if they started Leiter on three days to skip Rogers' turn, why bring Rogers into a tied extra-inning game on the road when there is zero margin for error? All in all, from opening day in Florida, all the way to ball four to Andruw Jones, this still remains as the greatest season in Mets history. Even better than 1986, and 2000.

November 7, 2001

This is one of my most hated game in Mets playoff history. I still have nightmares about Kenny Rogers and his pitch selection to Andruw Jones. When the bases were juiced and u needed to throw a strike why throw anything else but a fastball. As any met fan saw he was looking for the walk so make hi take a strike. Worse thing that could of happened is that he crushes it or a sac fly type ball. LET HIM HIT IT. He might grounded into the doubleplay if u let him take a swing. As a met fan im glad Kenny is gone as well as this game and I pray it never happens again.

January 25, 2002

The game 6 few thought would happen started, for me, not in front of a TV, but in a meeting featuring me screaming at people because I wanted to get the hell out of there and back to my house to watch the game. And when I got back, it was 5- 0! A fine How do you do indeed. Then, it happened. 3 in the 6th, but the Braves countered with 2. Then the Mets started whipping some long hits off of Smoltz in the 7th, capped by Piazza, looking as if he'd just been hit by a truck, blasted one out of the ballpark, and I damn near jumped through the ceiling. The Mets would take subsequent leads in this game, and each time the Braves tied it. And finally they prevailed on Kenny #$%#$^ Rogers' fluttering curve. Just before the pitch, I turned to my roommate and said, "Well, if it ends here, it's been one hell of a run, and nothing to be ashamed of...But wouldn't it be sweet if they got out of it?" The pitch is thrown..."Oh dear." Not to be, and all I was left with was this haunting chant over NBC's feed of "Mets suck!" A postscript: The next night, I actually put on NBC at 8, expecting to see Game 7, and instead getting Friends. And thanks to the $@$&*^%# braves, I refused to watch any of the World Series.

December 14, 2003

I remember having to work that night. I popped a tape in the VCR, planning to watch the game when I got home. When I got home, I rewound the tape, watched all the pre-game stuff, then the game started. Bam!!!! 5-zip, Braves, my stomach felt queezy. I figured that I would just fast forward to the end of the game and watch the coffin being nailed shut. But a strange thing happened, as I was fast forwarding the tape (FF play), all of the sudden I saw the Mets running around the bases. I slowed the tape, oh my god! They were scoring some runs! Then when Bobby Boo Boo came off the bench and got a hit I thought for sure The Almighty was a Met fan. Then, top of the 8th, Piazza comes up (his hands were so messed up by this time, he could barely hold the bat), and jacks one in to the right field seats off of Smoltz to give the Mets the lead, I came out of my chair hollering. I probably woke my upstairs neighbor (remember, I had to work, so it was probably about 1:30 AM by this time). I can remember the camera panning the Braves dougout, they looked like a collective deer in the headlights, they were in shock! I'll say this till the day I die, and no one will convince me any different. If the Mets had held on and won that game, they would have won Game 7 too. And finally, I can remember watching ESPN the next day. They interviewed a few of the Yankees, they were disappointed, they really wanted to play the Mets.

July 13, 2004

The heartbreaker of a century. If the Mets won this, they would become the first team in playoff history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit to force a 7th game. But the Braves got 5 runs. But the Mets come back and then Piazza tied it in the 8th (and he wasn't just playing injured he was playing dead) with a home run and I was jumping up and down and the Mets, throughout the game, would score runs only to have it tied by the Braves and then, in the bottom of the 10th, the Mets had a one run lead and then they tied and, with the bases loaded, Andruw Jones stepped up against Kenny Rogers, and, the infamous pitch, where Kenny Rogers floats a horrible curve with brings Gerald Williams home from third to send the Braves to the World Series and send the Mets home. It totally killed me.

Even Stephen
October 4, 2004

Never Say Die. I have always said that when Bobby Valnetine managed the Mets his teams never gave up. Most teams would have mailed it in after the first. But the Mets battled back, refusing to die. They may have lost the game but that team gained a lot of respect.

April 19, 2006

When thinking about this game one thing comes to mind. Mike Piazza! The home run he hit off of Smoltz in the 7th was one of the most remarkable home runs I've seen. you could see the faces of the Braves players just dropped. I try not to think about the bases loaded walk so I sit back and think of that homer.

Kevin from Flushing
March 20, 2007

Everything that needs to be said about this game has been said. I'll just add the 3 things that stick out the most in my memory.

Beginning of the game: 4-0 Braves before the Mets could record an out. When it hit 5-0 moments later, my good friend Jim--who had watched every playoff game with me in our respective seats--got up to leave. I yelled to him, "sit the f*** down! We're gonna come back and win this game!"

Middle of the game: Piazza bomb makes it 7-7. Good thing Jim didn't leave.

End of the game: Bases loaded. Me and Jim are so dazed and confused from the entire series that we were perfectly content with the situation, knowing we were about to record an inning-ending double play. Then Rogers throws ball one--and we both knew. Jim and I look at each other immediately and Jim says, "you're thinking what I'm thinking aren't you?" I just nodded silently, solemnly. We kept repeating, PLEADING, "over the plate, over the plate, over the plate..."

Ball four.

Jim wasted no time. He got up, shook my hand, said "it's been a great season," and stormed out. I just stared at the screen, catatonic.

Joe Lanzisera
February 23, 2009

Not much to add on this one except that it may have been the hardest loss in Mets history for me to accept. I still think the 99 Mets were supposed to be the first team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series. We all know what the Red Sox did five years later, but this was hard to take. Piazza's blast is still an all-time highlight - right up there with Ventura's GS single the game before and all the big homers in '86.

June 23, 2016

As it was said earlier in this section, the blame for this loss should ride heavily on the 2 "closers" this team had and how each one failed to hold the lead. A starter coming in relief is tough especially when some starters needs to get some pitches in to get loose.

June 29, 2000 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 4
j victor
May 22, 2004
Rocker got booed constantly when he pitched this game.

June 30, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Atlanta Braves 8
July 12, 2000
What an amazing comeback !!! Now they better make it a memorable game that led to something big

April 6, 2001

I was at this game. The fans cheering after the Piazza homer was the loudest noise I've ever heard in my life. That was the best game I ever attended. I was also at Johnny's 400th save game, but this one passes that by a mile.

June 17, 2002

I watched the game for about 5 or 6 innings, and then I went on the Internet for a while, but then I just wanted to check the score on AOL, and I saw the were up 8-2, then I saw for each batter, walk, walk, walk, single, then I woke up my dad, and as I soon as I turned it on, there was Piazza drilling a three run homer right down the left field line off Terry Mullholland.

Keith Mandra
August 19, 2002

I went to this game with 10 friends of mine from a fantasy baseball league we all belonged to. We sat about 3/4 of the way down the left field line, back in the lodge reserve. With the Mets down by 7 in the ninth, one of my friends; (Austin Fiore), left the game and went back to our cars to serve up some grub for when we got back. Little did he or anyone else know what was going to happen next. Watching the Mets chisel away that lead was great. At first you think, oh well a little too late for a comeback, down by 7 in the bottom of the 8th. But as they got closer and closer Shea really began to rock, and when Piazza hit that home run the place went wild! It was awesome! Especially against the dreaded Braves! I lost my voice after that game! My friend Austin tried to get back in when he heard the hysteria but was not allowed back in. He never lived that night down!

December 26, 2002

This game was on my birthday. I remember this as quite possibly one of the best games I've ever seen. Even my brother (who's a Yankees fan) was in awe when Piazza smacked that three run HR.

The "Top Wop"
March 23, 2003

The worst loss ever suffered by the Braves in a regular season game. But I tip my hats to the Mets, they did a fantastic job. And I'm a Braves fan, no less! I remember this game CLEARLY. I was at home, watching the game with my entire family. We cheered as Brian Jordan homered to make it 8-1 and we were thinking the Mets still hadn't figured us out. Not so. Our bullpen wasn't too great in 2000, and they took advantage of it. Don Wengert didn't do his job, so Kerry Ligtenberg tried to help. Man, I felt so sorry for him. I though he should've suffered the loss, not Terry Mulholland. Anyway, this game was so frustrating for me, but I can't help but feel good for the Mets because what they did was not easy. But I believe the Braves gave the game away rather than be overwhelmed by the Mets. After all, the Braves are always better!

September 8, 2004

The Mets were really a comeback team in 1999 and 2000. In this game, it was 8-1 in the bottom of the 8th but never count the Mets out. They started coming back with singles and walks because the Braves bullpen was horrible and then Terry Mulholland, who has had some great games in his life including a no-hitter, goes onto the mound and then the game is tied for Mike Piazza and he drills one down the line and starts hopping and then pumps his fist when it hits the wall where all the championship things are to complete the comeback and a ten run inning and the Mets held on and won 11-8.

April 29, 2005

Can't believe it's been nearly four years since this game. The six things I will always remember about this day:
  • First game my son and I attended together alone.
  • Piazza unable to hang on to several foul tips (strike 3) that will have certainly made it easier on Hampton that night.
  • All those walks in the eighth.
  • Alfonzo's 52 hopper, with 2 strikes, in the hole to tie the game.
  • The upper deck shaking like it did after Piazza broke the tie.
  • Watching the Braves' bus speed through the parking lot after the game. The 35 thousand or so of us let out a collective laugh, it was like a scene out of a silent movie.

January 3, 2006

The always clutch Fonzie ties it up. And Mike provides the big blow. Not the best game I've ever seen, but certainly the best inning! Man, this was awesome!

October 4, 2006

Ahh, Fireworks Night, without question the most thrilling game I've ever attended.

With the score 8-1 in Atlanta's favor, going to the bottom of the 8th with Kevin Millwood comfortably in control, my best friend Bobby boldly stated, "I'm not clapping for anything until this game is tied." Then came the most unbelievable 2-out rally we've ever seen in our lives. Piazza's line-drive home run off Terry Mulholland made the entire upper deck shake. A 10-run 8th, an 11-8 win, and a story that will last forever.

To top it off, my friends and I were sitting in the upper box in left field, the section closest to the Atlanta bullpen. There were NYPD officers at virtually every other row, to ensure no one did anything to John Rocker, since it was the Braves' 1st trip to Shea since Rocker's comments in Sports Illustrated about New York. A week later, I get my next issue of SI in the mail (David Wells on the cover, pitching for Toronto), and on the table of contents page, I can clearly see myself and the two friends I attended the game with, and the cops totally engulfing our section. Not a bad night.

March 31, 2010

I remember watching this game with my mom in the living room. For whatever reason, in the middle of the 8th, I switched from the sofa to the floor, with my knees uncomfortably jammed up against the coffee table. Suffice it to say, I didn't budge an INCH (nor say a word) until Mike jacked the home run to put them in the lead, at which point I jumped up and screamed like a maniac.

My dad was in Israel at the time, and I called him to tell him what had happened. (Must have been about 5 a.m. there.) Extra special because it was against the Braves.

February 6, 2011

I will never forget this game. I had idolized Piazza at the time, and seeing that home run was awesome. By far one of the most exciting games I have ever seen.

July 5, 2011

Still my all time favorite game. I was visiting my family in Southern Cal, staying at a hotel. My niece (3) and nephew (1) were playing in the hotel pool, I was in the room watching the game by myself. The entire family came into the hotel room as Fonzie came up in the 8th. I was freaking out. When Mikey hit the HR, the kids got so scared they scampered into the hotel closet. (My brother took a picture.) Ever since that day my niece has called me "Aunt Kathryn Mets". Love it :)

Raymond Malcuit Jr.
September 2, 2016

One of the greatest comebacks in Mets history.

July 1, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 1
July 4, 2004
This was the second Maddux-Leiter game I had ever been to and the same thing happened as the first. Leiter outpitched Maddux and struck out 12 and the Mets won.

Will Moo
August 23, 2006

I got engaged right after watching this game on the TV at a bar near the Holiday Inn in Memphis.

Ryan James Dwyer
October 22, 2014

This was my first "Serious Mets Fan" game. John Rocker home made dummies were paraded through the stands. Benny Agbayani gotta love him. Maddux was so respected and the Mets just couldn't get past the Braves the year before. It was heaven, dream-like where the success on the field mingled with the mania in the stands, I was elated.

July 23, 2000 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 1, Mets 0
October 10, 2001
This was one of those games that made me so frustrated to be a Mets fan. I don't even remember how Atlanta scored their run, either on a HR leading off the 7th, or on a couple of scratch hits, but I remember very well being disgusted and storming around my house afterwards.

September 19, 2000 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 12, Mets 4
Ed K
October 27, 2007
In this game, the Mets tied a club record by using 25 players. They previously did it on 9-14-98 in an extra-inning game in Houston that they won.

September 27, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 2
April 13, 2004
This was the game that with the victory we clinched the wild card. The one play that stands out in my memory is the home run Derek Bell jumped over the wall and robbed. He got injured on the play but the game was all Mets after that play. I can remember that was the loudest Mets game I've been to. None of the fans wanted to leave their seats once the game was over, but once we did start to leave, we were still chanting "Let's Go Mets" as we walked down the ramps.

July 4, 2004

A shot by Alfonzo. A near-homer that Derek Bell caught over the wall. I was at this game and that's what I remember and then the last pitch was fired, a swing and a miss, and the Mets were the wild card champs. Everyone jumping up and down, we walked out of the stadium and everyone was chanting "Let's Go Mets!" and I was so happy!

September 28, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 2
October 20, 2000
i went to this game certain the Mets were gonna lose. I mean, we had our worst pitcher against the braves best, greg maddux, who coincidently is one of the best in the major leauge. I didnt expect the game to be exciting because the braves already cllinched the Western divison, so there was nothing to play for excpet to try and break maddux's streak. And they did! it ended up being a lot more exciting than I though, and it just goes to show that no game can be predetermined. thats why im sure the Mets have just as good a chance at the World Series.

Uncle Peanut
May 24, 2002

My brother and I went to this game, I had bought the tickets that summer thinking that NY-Atl in late September would be a meaningful game. So what happened? The Mutts clinched the Wild Card the night before and rested Piazza, Ventura and most of their other regulars.

Still an entertaining game, the Mets pounded Greg Maddux and kept him from winning his 20th game of the season. Also someone on the Braves dropped an easy pop-up and Kurt Abbott hit a HR so we got to see the Apple.

February 24, 2003

Me, my dad and sister went to this game we sat in my sister's boss's seats above the scoreboard on the 3rd base line. When I saw the Mets starting lineup and they were sitting their regulars and knew Greg Maddux was pitching I was certain the Braves were going to walk away with the win. But it turned out the Mets walked over the Braves. I remember when Bonilla was playing in left field the fans were yelling to him, "Hey, Bobby! Let's play some cards!"

April 15, 2003

Me, my dad and sister went to this game. We sat in my sister's boss's seats above the scoreboard on the 3rd base line. When I saw the Mets starting lineup and they were sitting their regulars with Greg Maddux pitching I was certain the Braves were going to walk away with the win. But it turned out the Mets walked over the Braves. I remember when Bonilla was playing in left field the fans were yelling to him, "Hey Bobby, let's play some cards."

April 17, 2016

Fun fact about this game: it was the first game in 3 years that the Mets played that was completely meaningless to them. This is because the Braves clinched the east in the first game of this series, and the Mets clinching the wild card the night before this....and both 1998 and 1999 came down to the final day).

April 3, 2001 Turner Field
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 4
J. Jay
April 25, 2001
Robin Ventura gives an early indication that his 2000 struggles are behind him, with two homers to help beat the Braves in Atlanta on Opening Day!

January 7, 2006

I was in Logan Airport, getting ready for a four month trip to Europe, and kept checking the crawl on Headline News to see how the Metties were doing. I didn't find out they won the game until late April, but still thought it was some sort of an omen for the year to come. Wrong.

April 9, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 4
Russell J. Lydon
October 24, 2004
I remember it was almost 90 degrees and sunny. I left Shea with a sunburn. I was and wasn't excited for the game because the Mets sweep by Montreal. The crowd yelling nasty things when John Rocker was introduced and as it would turn out to be one, if not the final appearance with Braves even though he didn't pitch during the series. Anyway, Piazza homered twice, Shinjo got his first MLB home run and his first curtain call. Bentiez gave up a 9th inning home run (what else is new). The Mets raised the 2000 NL Championship banner in centerfield with the rest of the pennants. They wore the 20/60 patch for the first and only time of year. One of the games that WASN'T a indication of the topsy tirvy that would come.

April 12, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
Won Doney
April 22, 2001
Has Ordonez ever had a game-winning RBI before this game? I don't remember.

October 4, 2004

You go to a Mets-Braves game and you think of seeing Leiter vs Maddux. So I draw Rusch vs Burkett, oh boy. Turns out to be a pitchers duel with Ordonez getting the walk off hit in the drizzling rain. What a weird game. However it did change my usual bad luck at Met games.

June 23, 2001 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 9, Mets 3
P Gola
April 19, 2010
Can't say I remember much about this game except I found the ticket stub so I obviously went. Reading the box score I vaguely remember Rick White giving up 6 runs in the 11th and all of us being disgusted.

May 31, 2013

Alex Escobar hit a home run and I remember thinking it was the first of many for a future Mets superstar...

Desi Relaford tied the game late off Mike Remlinger in a memorable shot (John Rocker got traded this season. Possibly even the night before, I remember the reaction at Shea. It was definitely while the Mets were playing the Braves.)

But the lasting memory I have is Rick White giving up a boatload of runs in extras, one of which was a catchable ball Darryl Hamilton pulled up in front of in the outfield. As he walked off the mound, some guy from the Mezzanine screamed "RICK WHITE!!! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!?!" Pretty much summed up the afternoon.

June 29, 2001 Turner Field
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 1
Happy Recap
June 30, 2001
In the morning, my wife gives birth to a beautiful baby girl, then in the evening Steve Trachsel beats the Braves at Turner Field. That's two miracles in one day!

Also, Mike Piazza broke his toe. That wasn't a miracle. The way this season has been going for the Mets, and injury to Piazza seemed inevitable.

Michael SanPietro
April 5, 2008

This was my first Mets game at Turner Field. I seen one at Fulton County in 89. I had a seat in the outfield on 1st base side a few rows back and parallel with the right fielder. Before the game I was yelling at Shinjo who was running by himself and had bad hamstring at the time but he wouldn't turn around. Joe McEwing walked over and gave a few autographs but I just watched. Trachsel almost hit a home run as well as pitch good. I seem to recall a close play at home that resulted in ruuning out on squeeze play...I think.

September 21, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Happy Recap
September 21, 2001
This was no ordinary ballgame. As the first major sporting event in New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, it also served as a tribute to those who risked or lost their lives in the attack. It served as a patriotic tribute to America, and freedom. And it served as one small step towards a return to normalcy.

I wasn't at this game, although I wish I was. I watched on TV, and my eyes watered as Diana Ross sang a rousing version of "God Bless America." A few minutes later, there was a moment of silence. Shea Stadium had over 41,000 fans in attendance, and the park was absolutely, extraordinarily, silent. During the seventh inning stretch, Liza Minnelli sang "New York, New York" and reminded us once again of the enduring power and character of the world's greatest city. (And after her number she gave Jay Payton a big hug and kiss, which left a lipstick mark that was visible to the TV camera.)

Oh, and one more thing... with the Mets trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Mike Piazza hit a monstrous home run to center field, and the crowd went wild. And the Mets went wild. And that was the best part of the evening, seeing thousands of New Yorkers cheering in unison, as if baseball really mattered. It showed that the healing has begun, and that despite the evil plans of insane terrorists, New York, America, and yes, baseball, will endure.

All in all, it was one heckuva night.

September 26, 2001

I have been to many games in my history as a Mets fan. I have seen many memorable games, as well. From the 6-0 comeback on Opening day in 96, the Todd Pratt HR game, and Bobby Jones' one-hitter last season. But none were quite as moving or important as this one. In the wake of one of the darkest events in our nation's history, the Mets returned home and brought with them quite a show. I will remember this game not for the ceremonies, the stars or Liza Minelli kissing Jay Payton, but for the reaction that resulted from Mike Piazza's 8th inning HR. From a crowd that seemed lethargic all evening came the loudest and exhilirating cheers I have ever experienced. People I didn't know were hugging everyone in sight, slapping fives, and for that moment in time, the horror of the past weeks was forgotten. Thank you, Mike Piazza, for bringing smiles to the faces of us all. Perhaps you aren't a hero in the larger scheme of things, but you brought smiles to the faces of every Mets fan in attendance that night.

Ralph Carhart
February 13, 2002

In my opinion, this is the most important game in the history of the Mets. I work at a small theatre in downtown Manhattan, not too far from the WTC and the previous ten days had been hell. I would burst into tears for no readily apparent reason. I was looking for any solace and my Mets coming home brought me just a ray of sunshine.

I was working during the game so I listened to it on the FAN. Knowing that the baseball fates aren't much for cosmic justice I was feeling pretty low in the bottom of the eighth. Then, the one man who has continued to lift this team up on his beefy shoulders for the past three and a half seasons, hit his magical home run and before I could stop my myself, I realized I had burst into tears again. They weren't tears of joy really (I wasn't ready to feel joy) but it was perhaps the most cathartic cry I've ever had in my life.

It's just baseball. A game that, in the face of over 3,000 deaths, doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot. But I knew, as I listened to the Shea faithful give the largest cheer I have ever heard, that in some collective way, it did matter. And that's why I love the game.

Billy G.
September 25, 2002

I was there and I remember the chants of USA and how it took an hour to get into the stadium

Jimmy D.
April 25, 2003

No Met game ever brought tears to my eyes. This one did.

May 9, 2003

I have been to many great games in my life, but this is one I cherish more then any. Piazza is OUR hero, he did for us what we needed, he picked us up and willed us to win this game. He did it for NY and for US the Met fans who put aside ours fears for 3 hours of baseball. He would not, could not and did not let us down. I will tell this story to my kids and grandkids. Thank you Mike.

February 4, 2007

With all that happened I wanted baseball back so bad just to escape reality. Everyone in NYC needed a baseball game to feel normal again.

I knew that Piazza was going to deliver. I still remember jumping up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs when Piazza's shot struck the camera tower in center---releasing all that emotion that had been trapped inside for 10 days.

Probably the biggest HR in NY history besides Bobby Thomson in 1951.

April 4, 2010

First game back at Shea after 9/11. I was 15 years old and I remember watching this game on TV. After 9/11 it seemed like everyone forgot we were still in a race with our arch rival Atlanta Braves for first place. It just didn't seem important anymore. We just wanted a reason to celebrate and be happy after all we had been through. I remember one of the fans held up a sign that said "New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, two rivalries now stand united." I would have never thought I'd ever see a sign like that in my life.

We were trailing 2-1 nearly the whole game until the bottom of the 8th. I think Edgardo Alfonzo took a walk, then with one out Mike Piazza launched a huge home run to dead center. The fans just went berserk. I screamed my lungs out. It was like layers of anxiety and sadness built up for weeks that we couldn't realize. Then when big Mike hit that home run we just let it go.

One of my most favorite Met games in my lifetime. I will never forget it.

Robert Ford
May 28, 2010

I was a few months out of college, with a job assisting a Japanese sportswriter. However, I wanted to be a play-by-play announcer. Because of this job, I had a Mets press credential (since my boss regularly covered Tsuyoshi Shinjo) and I would use it to get into Shea before sneaking into the upper deck to call games into my tape recorder.

This game was one of the ones I called. I remember my call of Piazza's homer like it was yesterday: "Karsay sets at the belt...the pitch...hit DEEEEEP to centerfield...Andruw Jones is baaaaack...FORRRR-GET IT!...Mike Piazza with a two-run homer to give the Mets a 3-2 lead!"

That winter, that call was the first one on my demo tape that I made looking for a broadcasting job in the minor leagues. That tape landed me a minor league job for the 2002 season and I've covered baseball in the minors and majors every year since.

Shickhaus Franks
August 30, 2011

1) This is one "Mets Classics" I DON'T mind being a constant rerun at all. 2) SNY should start a program called "METS TOP 10 MOMENTS" since the 50th anniversary of the team is coming up next year and in the category of "TOP 10 HOMERUNS IN METS HISTORY", Piazza's emotional dinger in the 8th would be #1; END OF STORY!

Shickhaus Franks
January 23, 2013

I still get chills and a lump in my throat when I see Piazza's home run on Mets Classics (A replay that will never get boring). Without a doubt the greatest Mets home run in their 50+ years.

September 23, 2001 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 4
Sasha Karma
March 20, 2002
Damn you, Armando! We we're so close. Why can't you just blow your saves in less significant looking situations?

August 8, 2003

This just may have been the most agonizing game I have ever watched. At least starting from the top of the ninth inning. We had to get a new portable phone because the volume adjuster came off from me throwing it in anger. I felt sort of bad my folks bought a new one. The phone was fine except for the volume adjuster. I told them they should have sent the bill to Armando Bumnitez. Whoops, I mean Benitez. Note my sarcasm in the previous sentence. I think Bobby V. should have brought John Franco or someone else in right after Brian Jordan hit the home run to make it 4-3. But, as he has done a lot, he stayed with a pitcher too long.

Russell J. Lydon
May 26, 2004

Worse then the Pendleton game in 1987. I was sitting in the upper deck. I never heard Shea get so quiet since I've started watching baseball again in 1998. Worse feeling ever leaving a ballpark.

March 17, 2006

This was when the Mets needed a win, they had a lead, and Benitez blew it by giving up a homer to Brian Jordan and then giving up more runs.

January 26, 2007

I remember this game clearly. It was the first, and only time I caught a foul ball. It was hit off B.J. Surhoff's bat in the 10th or 11th inning. Even though the Mets lost (horribly!), I'll never forget this game.

December 9, 2011

I caught the foul ball with my 11 month old baby in my arms. I am looking for the video of this game to share with her. I hope someone can help

September 29, 2001 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 5
September 17, 2004
One of the worst losses in Mets history. As a met fan, you had to be thinking there is no way for a replay of the previous Sunday at Shea. I was at a wedding, checking the radio in the parking lot between beers, and Leiter was absolutely cruising. And then the ultimate Armando meltdown. He permanently lost the faith of the fan base that day.

August 20, 2004

What a disgrace. Were there any words for this game? The Mets, running high and playing very well for the better part of the month, get themselves into position to finally dispose of the Braves. After losing the big first game in Atlanta, where they've just been horid, the Mets take a 5-1 lead into the ninth, only to watch Benitez choke and filthy Franco serve a pitch my grandmother could have it out of the yard. That was basically the Mets season right there. They eventually won the next day but that 2 game swing really threw them off...I believe it would have cut distance between them and first place Atlanta to 2 games...anyway, the Mets lost, and losing just continued the following season, into the next and into present day...miserable.

Russell J. Lydon
August 20, 2004

Just when we thought we put the final nail on the Braves coffin. It didn't happend. I felt bad for John Franco because it really wasn't his fault. Bentiez should had been the "closer" he was meant to be and end the game. Another Pennant hope dashed in 2001.

May 10, 2006

This was it. Do or die. And Benitez made them die for the most part and Franco put the nail in the coffin.

February 4, 2007

One of the worst losses in Met history. Benitez and Franco, as always, choked under pressure. What could have been...

Won Doney
September 19, 2007

This is the worst regular season loss in my memory. I don't think I uttered another word the rest of the day. It felt like someone kicked me in the stomach after Brian Jordan's grand slam. I thought that throwing darts at my dartboard with the Greg Maddux card attached would help me feel better, but it didn't work.

April 5, 2002 Turner Field
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 3
January 9, 2011
My first and still only visit to Turner Field. Pedro Astacio made a strong Mets debut, Burnitz hit a 3-run homer, and we briefly had the Braves on the run that year. It was all over soon enough.

April 7, 2002 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 2
August 20, 2004
This was the most recent Mets game I've seen in person. After two years, what I remember most was guaranteeing a Mets win since Leiter was starting against some rookie from Australia (a guy who was today reseaded from AAA Durham), making fun of Mackay Christiansen for some reason when he entered the game, and knowing instantly that Giles' hit in extra innings was a definite homer immediately got up and was heading down from nose-bleed land before it cleared the fence. Oh yeah, I remember the sunburn all over my arms as well.

April 15, 2002 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 6
July 5, 2005
This is one of my favorite games.

Estes stunk early. I mean, that's not saying much since he stunk most of his time with the Mets, but he was particularly bad here. He turned a 1 run inning into a 5-run bloodbath in the second by giving up a 2 run single to Furcal and a bomb of a HR to Andro Jones. His line was nothing short of ugly and it looked like a long night.

Except that the Mets came back in the 7th. Down 6-1, Piazza led off with his second HR of the game, followed by doubles from Alfonzo and Burnitz. Ordonez singled home Burnitz to make it 6-4. John Valentin followed by walloping the first pitch from Mike Remlinger off the Retired Numbers to tie the game. The crowd went nuts. It was like the 10-run inning in 2000 on a smaller scale.

The bullpens basically took over after that. Atlanta had one hit after the 6th inning. The Mets left the bases loaded in the 10th (This was Spooneybarger who held them down, I believe. If it wasn't, I just wanted to mention Spooneybarger.).

Finally, in the 12th, Payton led off with a walk, Piazza walked two batters later, and Alfonzo nailed a single to left to bring home Payton with the game winner.

This was a great early season win for the Mets, although a moment that was not repeated very often over the course of the forgettable 2002 season.

January 11, 2011

I was at this game too. The Met bullpen (Roberts, Kane Davis (!), Weathers, Benitez and Strickland) combined for 9 scoreless innings. The rally in the 7th was keyed by Ordonez' squeeze bunt that went for a single, scoring Burnitz.

April 17, 2002 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
DJ Johnny M.
June 19, 2003
95 degrees F. at game time! Whew! I don't think I have ever been to a game at Shea in hotter weather and I've been around a while and seen many a Met game. I think the 95 degrees was a record for this day -- and in April no less! Anyway, Maddux was good but left the game early because of a blister on his finger so Cox brought in Millwood who was even better. Interesting incident during the game: Met pitcher Jeff D'Amico singled cleanly to right in the 4th inning but for some reason didn't hustle down to 1st base and as a result was thrown out by Julio Franco from RIGHT FIELD! Embarrassing!

August 26, 2006

What a weird game. 95 degrees in the middle of April, and you could say that they lost because of D'Amico's play in the fourth. There were two out and a runner on third, and Jeff just punched it into right. Everyone was cheering and high- fiving, and suddenly Franco just whirls the ball to first and the umpire, just as surprised as everyone else, throws his arm in the air. Everyone is shocked, and people start yelling at D'Amico. We got a break when Maddux had to leave the game, and we couldn't even capitalize off great pitching and score a couple of runs.

June 6, 2002 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
June 13, 2002
Fifth consecutive loss in a row, it would have been six if the game two days prior hadn't been rained out. 5 IN A ROW!, 7 losses in last 9 games! I remember this game. the game Valentine finally decided to bench Vaughn and Burnitz, and they actually ALMOST won the game. I think Burnitz and Vaughn should be worried about their starting jobs.

June 25, 2002 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 4
January 16, 2003
This was a lovely game. Versus Albie Lopez, The Mets came all out. Trachsel also hit his first career triple off of Lopez. Then Trachsel developed the blister and the Braves began to come back but were stopped short.

June 26, 2002 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 3
January 12, 2003
Another of the disappointing games from 2002 when the Mets simply couldn't pull it out when it mattered. In June, the Mets simply couldn't put wins together -- Burnitz completly fell apart offensively.

As a fan, I never leave Mets games early -- I never want to miss anything, nor do I feel it's fair to the players to be denied the support of the fans, even in a bad loss (although if Ordonez is going to call me "stupid"...)

That being said, I got up and left when Strickland gave up the grand slam to Sheffield in the top of the 8th. The homer was basically inevitable -- you just knew something bad was coming.

What was missed, of course, was one of the biggest (in terms of distance) home runs in Mets history. I heard Gary Cohen call the Mo Vaughn homer while driving on the Whitestone Expressway. Vaughn hit a monster shot off the Budweiser advertisement in the middle of the scoreboard, at the level of the top of the teams' lineups that are on either side of the advertisement.

This was Mo's first big offensive game for the Mets -- 2 HR and a double. That his numbers for 2002 actually appear (somewhat) decent is largely due to a late-season offensive surge, which really started with this game.

January 12, 2003

I was at this one too (Glenn's comments about the inevitability of a collapse that night are dead- on) but I'm glad I stuck around.

My initial reaction to Mo's home run wasn't an exclamation like "Yeah!" but rather a question like: "WHAT THE F---?!?"

There was no one on base and most of the fans had left. It was a humid night and very still. You could have heard a pin drop. Then, a crack on the bat and a ball that seemed to be traveling way too high in the air for a line drive. People saw where it landed and turned to one another and said, "Did I just see that?"

January 11, 2011

My scorecard says Vaughn's HR went 505 feet, and I believe it.

September 28, 2002 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 2
December 11, 2005
Went to this game with my dad, older sister, and roommate. Second straight time I got to see Al Leiter pitch and second straight time he got shelled. Is it me or were the 2002-2004 Mets a lot like the 1991-1993 Mets? Anyway, only highlight of the game was when I let this guy's son have the tee-shirt that I caught during when they shot them in the stands and the guy preceded to buy me a beer.

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

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

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

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

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

April 6, 2004 Turner Field
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 2
April 20, 2004
You've got to be ecstatic after the opener. All spring the Mets couldn't hit, and kicked the ball around (45 errors in 35 games). Matsui who looked like Rey Ordonez all spring came out with guns blazing first pitch homer, two doubles, and two walks and looked great on the field too. Piazza hit a bomb which was great to see. Glavine started out struggling in the first, but pitched a nice game after that. Looper and Weathers looked great out of the bullpen. Guitterez has no range at all hopefully Reyes will be back soon. Wiggy layed off some bad pitches and Garcia made some nice plays, but Matsui was the star.

May 18, 2005

I remember, after his homer on the first major league pitch he saw, that I thought Kaz Matsui was some sort of an answer.

April 7, 2004 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 18, Mets 10
April 22, 2004
Trax didn't have it, and the bullpen was absolutely awful. Pretty much every pitcher was pulled way too late in the 4th. The bullpen lost thirty games last year and isn't any better this year. Stanton's done. He makes Franco look like he has a lot left. This game was painful to watch. Take a 6-run lead, and give up something like 14 unanswered runs. Piazza does look great though. The offense was great but the pitching really makes you worry.

April 12, 2004 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 6
April 22, 2004
Ten runs against the Braves without Reyes, Piazza, and Floyd is very impressive. Mets just pummeled Hampton again who lasted two innings. Trax was terrific as he bounced back as usual. Zeile was a terrific pickup. Zeile had a couple big hits along with a great slide. Spencer looks really good a nice catch, and two hits. You gotta love Cameron couple big hits great catch in center. He's fun to watch. Matsui continues to impress. Two more hits, and a walk. Moreno looked good out of the pen, but Roberts whose velocity is way down got hammered. Wheeler imploded in the ninth giving up a run, and loaded the bases. Thankfully Looper saved the team by getting a much needed double play.

April 30, 2004

I was home for Easter Break from college when I went to see this game. I knew everyone was returning to the dorms that day, but I didn't have class the next day anyways, so I made sure I got tickets for the season opener at Shea. My short stay in NY definitely paid off at the end of it with the Atlanta Braves getting beaten silly in the first few innings of the game. To make it even more memorable, the "I need more money to play in NY, otherwise I'm outta here" Mike Hampton was on the mound getting slaughtered. The memories of chanting "HAMP-TON" and doing the Braves's tomahawk won't leave my mind for quite a while. Now I'm back at school with a Mets banner hung in the window with pride.

April 15, 2004 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 0
April 20, 2004
Leiter pitched a gem, but as he always does he threw a lot of pitches. The bullpen was tremendous as Weathers got a big double play in the 6th and the 7th. Moreno was dominant in the 8th. The Mets who all game had troubles getting guys in from scoring position finally got big hits from Garcia and Duncan. Looper was dominant in the ninth blowing away Chipper Jones and Julio Franco.

July 24, 2004 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 5, Mets 2
April 1, 2007
So I take my wife to this game. It is a beautiful late summer Saturday evening and we have decent seats in the mezzanine section behind home plate. I'm telling my wife that the last time I sat here was back in 1977 and Steve Garvey hit a foul ball that I just missed off the tip of my glove and watched someone else get. Annoyed me for years. I tell her that maybe we'll get another chance tonight as this is good foul ball territory. We have aisle seats as that is her preference. Couple of innings into the game Andruw Jones fouls one off and in an instant, I know it is on a direct trajectory for us! I've got two options, 1. push her out into the aisle so I can reach the ball or 2. stretch for it and hope I can snag it away from the guy sitting in front of us. I glance at her, she glares back, option 2. I try to straddle her and reach for it but the guy sitting in front of me wearing a Mets jersey with WEINSTEIN emblazoned on the back simply remains sitting in his chair and makes a lazy basket catch into his mitt. The fans cheer and several off duty NYC Fireman even begin chanting his name! I don't know what happened the rest of the night. Didn't care either.

July 30, 2004 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Barry F.
August 6, 2004
Black Friday. The day the Mets traded away three of the gems in their farm system (Huber,Peterson and the big one, Kazmir). They entered the day six games out, destined to end the weekend nine out and the season over. This is the day hope died for not just 2004, but the foreseeable future. If perception is everything, then these moves underlined a permanency of an era. For most of the 60's they were laughable. Then they were Amazin' and contenders. They fell into cheapness and mismanagement, but after three bad years began a gradual resurrection. They were glorious and yet underachieving in the late 80's. But since? Doomed.

September 13, 2004 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Atlanta Braves 7
Joe P.
September 24, 2004
I attended this double-dip only hoping for 1 thing out of it: to see Heliman give up 3 or less runs (win or lose). Well, I saw him pitch pretty good, except for the inning when he gave up 4 runs. He did receive credit for the win when the Mets rallied for some runs after he was pinch-hit for. So I guess it was a positive trip for me in the end. The night-cap was as dreary as most of the season has been. {Is anyone else out there happy that Kazmir out-pitched Pedro Martinez at Fenway? This should prove once again to the Mets to stop listening to 'The Commitee', & start doing what should be done. "He will not be major league ready until 2005 or 2006"- The LawGiver, Rick Peterson}

September 14, 2004 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 0
December 2, 2004
Attended this game by virtue of some freebies given out unceremoniously by Freddie and the gang for sitting through a miserable, soggy night at Shea in August. Little do I realize the treat I was in for.

Wright smoked a HR off Ortiz to lead off the 2nd. A beauty off the Loge seats in LF. Valent and Floyd added HRs later on in the game. Wright added a double and single, but fell short of the cycle in his last AB. I don't think triples are his forte.

Our old pal Mr. Chips was booed lustily throughout, as per usual.

But this night belonged to Kris Benson, who tossed his 2nd ML Shutout in this one. His one previous was also against Atlanta, in June, 2000. Benson had his stuff from the first inning on, was perfect into the 5th, didn't walk anyone, 7Ks, didn't allow a runner past 2nd and, thankfully, was able to talk Uncle Art into letting him finish.

Fortunately, Benson has been locked up for a few seasons, so let's hope he can deliver some more games like this one. He simply dominated in this game.

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

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

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

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

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

April 28, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Putbeds 1986
February 24, 2006

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

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

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

April 28, 2006

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

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

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

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

August 23, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was wrong.

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

And the marathon was only beginning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 28, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 23, 2006

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

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

April 6, 2007 Turner Field
Mets 11, Atlanta Braves 1
John T Greenpoint
April 7, 2007
Mets rack up 15 hits in this one and win 11-1 to retain their hold on first place. Jose Reyes had 3 hits, 2 of them triples. He also had 4 RBI'S. Oliver Perez was sharp giving up just 5 hits and striking out 6. He also did not walk a batter.

April 21, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 2
John T Greenpoint
April 22, 2007
Very good pitching performance from Oliver Perez. Looked much better with his command of his pitches today than compared to his last start when he walked 7!!! Mets go deep a couple of times. Reyes and Castro go yard and Beltran and Reyes both had shots at hitting for the cycle. Mets finally get a win over the Braves. The Braves look much better than last year but, we have to wait and see how their bullpen will shape up for the rest of the season.

Shickhaus Franks
April 25, 2007

I was at this game because my cousin had an extra ticket as I sat in Mezzanine Section 22. A beautiful day, eating Nathans, drinking Pepsi's, got my 2007 yearbook (I remember when they were 50 cents in the 1970's) and so forth. Oliver Perez looked great unlike his previous outing plus Reyes, Easley & Castro went yard.

April 22, 2007 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 9, Mets 6
John T Greenpoint
April 22, 2007
I blame this loss on Willie Randolph! Why wouldn't he bring Pedro Feliciano in to pitch in the 7th instead of Heilman? Heilman has not pitched well of late. This loss hurts, not only did the Mets lose this one but they have lost 4 of 6 to the Braves, a team that doesn't impress me that much!

Shickhaus Franks
April 15, 2008

Second day in a row I was at Shea. Was with my sister and our good friend Kathy and sat in the Mezzanine box and had to put on the sunblock because we were in the (aah!!!) warm sunshine all game. We got there too late to get a calendar but we waited until the crowds thinned a bit afterwards and we scooped up three Mets calendars (ones that were not ruined by beer and soda). Plus it was great seeing Chris Rock chant "LETS GO METS" on the Diamond Vision as me and sis are big fans of his but the only fly in the ointment was when the bullpen failed big time.

August 31, 2007 Turner Field
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 1
September 1, 2007
After a brutal four game sweep at the hands of the Phils and holding on to a 2 game lead the Mets badly needed a big time ace performance, and Maine surely came through. Maine who's struggled abit in the second half got help from Delgado with a 3 run homer in the 4th off of Hudson. Maine manned up big time in the 6th loading the bases and only giving up a run on a wild pitch getting Chipper, and Texiera to popup and striking out McCann. Big win hopefully they build on it

September 2, 2007 Turner Field
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
September 3, 2007
Wow! What a way to bounce back after being swept by the Phillies. Mets needed a reality check and the Phillies gave it to them. They came into Atlanta and got great pitching, good bullpen, and clutch hitting. I am proud of the way they bounced back. Glavine was solid once again, Wagner got it done in the ninth, and Delgado looks like he is finally starting to heat up. GO METS!

September 10, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Shickhaus Franks
September 16, 2007
Got the tickets at the last minute and what seats they were!!! A couple of rows behind the blue seats at home plate. Met the Geico gekko before the game and told him I was a big fan of his and also met 2 attractive Geico ladies (I called them the Geico-ettes) as well and what a game with David Wright hitting a nice homer, Oliver Perez pitching out of trouble on occasion and a SUPER catch by Beltran to end the game. A great night at Shea and great seats as well.

September 12, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 3
September 13, 2007
Good win for the Mets. Maine was pretty good minus the one inning where he walked 3 straight. Green came through in the 8th inning, but lets give credit to Beltran as well for his leadoff single and awesome base running. Bullpen is still a concern, Heilman, Feliciano, and Mota fail to preserve the win for Maine. Mets win the last 2 series of the season against Atlanta and increase their lead to 7 full games over Philly. Mets should pretty much wrap up the division in the next week and look towards another playoff appearance.

April 6, 2008 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
John T Greenpoint
April 8, 2008
What a wasted pitching performance for the Mets. Johan Santana was absolutely brilliant. But Mets couldn't give him any run support today. Johan made some play on a comebacker. I guess thats why he will win another Gold Glove.

April 26, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 3
October 19, 2011
YAY! Gustavo Molina makes his Mets debut!

May 20, 2008 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 2
May 22, 2008
I am not even going to talk about the disappointing doubleheader sweep because I believe that there is something more important to talk about. At the end of Game 2 we witnessed a horrific collision on a double play which sent the Mets most consistent hitter this year onto the ground in a daze. Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar seemed to also get banged up on the play as well. As I watched the replay it looked as if the whole Braves team came out to see if Escobar was ok, many of them even seemed quite concerned about Church as well. Amazing that the only Mets that I saw out there were Damion Easley, Billy Wagner, and Willie Randolph. Where was David Wright? Where was Beltran? Where was Delgado? Where was Reyes? Where is the chemistry on this ball club? Where is the brotherhood? Are you telling me that none of those guys noticed that Church was seriously hurt? We wonder why this team is going nowhere.

May 21, 2008 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 11, Mets 4
May 23, 2008
Another loss at Turner Field. Pelfrey did not pitch that well but he should have had better defense behind him. Castillo not making that play with 2 outs in the third inning really hurt. Just another example of the uninspired play of this team all year long. Not sure where everyone's head is but at some point Mets need to turn this thing around quick. Marlins look like they may be the real deal and at some point the Braves and Phillies are going to get more consistent. I still believe the Mets have the most talented team in the division but talent can take you only so far. What the Mets need right now is fire and desire.

September 13, 2008 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Shickhaus Franks
August 25, 2009
A Friday night rainout made it into an old school doubleheader (2 games for the price of 1) with the first game beginning before 4pm for the FOX Network cameras and I lucked out because it was the first (and only time so far) that I got to see Johan Santana pitch in person. I got to see Seaver pitch in person, Gooden (a few times) and I even saw Pedro in a couple of starts but I was looking forward to seeing #57 on the hill and he looked pretty good as per usual but the bullpen tanked it in the late innings as per usual.

September 13, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 0
Shickhaus Franks
May 28, 2010
After the first game ended in defeat; it was time for game 2 of the traditional doubleheader but many fans didn't stick around for game 2 unlike me. As a true die-hard Mets fan, I stayed for both games as I watched a young hard thrower by the name of Jon Niese blank the Braves 5-0 and then I got home to New Jersey just in time to hear Tina Fey aka Sarah Palin say "I can see Russia from my house."

May 11, 2009 Citi Field
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 3
Gets by Buckner
May 15, 2009
My first game ever at Citi Field! I wish it would have been a Mets win but still I had a great time walking around checking out the new stadium! During the game two drunk guys in right field were thrown out of the staduim by security for mocking Jeremy Reed. Only in NY do fans mock their own team! The 7-game-win streak ended and as usual the Mets did not hit for Santana.

April 23, 2010 Citi Field
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 2
April 24, 2010
Mets are starting to hit their stride now. Starting pitching has been very good of late, Bullpen has been arguably the best in MLB, and looks like the offense is coming around. How about Ike Davis hitting his first career HR? Guy has been pretty impressive in his first few games. Question is what do they do when Murphy comes back? At this point, Murphy is going to have to be a backup player sitting the bench. Mets would be foolish to bench Ike Davis. Hopefully we can get this 2nd game against the Braves this afternoon with Niese pitching. Just looked at the lineup for the game and Braves are sitting Prado and McCann.

April 25, 2010 Citi Field
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
April 26, 2010
Mets caught a break in this one. Big Pelf was walking a tightrope over 5 innings, but he got the job done once again. He is finally maturing into a top notch starting pitcher. I don't know what it is, but I think the Mets have the right group of guys in the clubhouse. You just can sense it on the field that these guys would run through a brick wall for each other and that is a trait that the Mets have been lacking for years

Let's keep it going against the Dodgers this week, then off to Philly.

July 11, 2010 Citi Field
Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 0
July 13, 2010
Another great performance by Santana. He is starting to round into form for the 2nd half. Was not a great home stand for the Mets going 2- 4 against the Braves and Reds but they are firmly in 2nd place and 8 games over. Can't wait to see Beltran's return as it could be a huge lift for their offense. Would like to see Big Pelf get back on track. His last few starts have not been good. All in all I am proud of this team and the grit and fight they showed in the First half

Let's Go Mets and Win this Division!!

August 4, 2010 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 8, Mets 3
August 5, 2010
In an earlier post (prior to the All Star Break) I wrote about how I was proud of this team for showing grit and fight. I am starting to think I spoke too soon. What we saw tonight, in a game that arguably was the biggest game of the year, was a team that lacks fundamentals and any idea of how to play the game right. It was outright embarrassing to watch them in the field. I don't know who is to blame but for the past 4 years we have been waiting for this team to show the promise that it showed back in 2006. That year was fun, watching Reyes and Wright break out and watching Beltran and Delgado lead the offense. It is so hard to explain what has happened to this franchise, but things have gone downhill since 2006. Better Luck Next Year because this season is pretty much over

April 5, 2012 Citi Field
Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 0
Mister X
April 6, 2012
A total of five pitchers to throw a shutout. Welcome to baseball in the 21st century!

Shickhaus Franks
April 10, 2012

Unlike the 2011 home opener when it was a cold, raw cloudy 40 degrees; Mets fans were treated to a sunny yet breezy 60 degrees. Had my usual Blue Smoke Kansas City Ribs (They downsized the ribs from '11), etc and the opening day ceremonies were emotional with Gary Carter's widow and 3 children throwing out the first pitch. Johan Santana looked pretty decent pitching 5 scoreless innings and then the bullpen shut down the Braves as David Wright drove in the only run in a HAPPY RECAP to start the Mets 50th anniversary. (FYI, The Mets 50th logo kinda looks like the Warner Bros.) The only downside was that Flushing guy who got voted off American Idol sang "God Bless America"; I was hoping that the Mets would've gotten the talented Pia Toscano to do the gig. Lets face it: Pia is way better looking!

July 15, 2012 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 1
John B.
September 6, 2013
Ugh. I had high hopes for the 2012 Mets entering the second half of the season but as always they see a promising season which they began with low expectations begin to crumble at Turner Field. This game was a disaster and this whole series was a disaster.

September 8, 2012 Citi Field
Atlanta Braves 11, Mets 3
Shickhaus Franks
December 6, 2012
This was a FOX Saturday game that started at 4:00 pm and since many of the other Fox broadcasters were prepping for the NFL the next day, the announcers for this game were Kevin Burkhardt of SNY and baseball writer Tom Verducci. Not exactly Gary, Keith and Ron and NOT exactly Murph, Ralph and Lindsay. OUCH!!!!

August 20, 2013 Citi Field
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 3
Liborius Lumma
September 10, 2015
I was there - sitting in sector 520. My second visit to the US, my first MLB game, and the Mets won! I do not only remember Marlon Byrd's home run, but mainly a spectacular catch by Eric Young jr in the left field. It was one of Zack Wheeler's first appearances as a starter.

And the home run-apple-shaped piggy bank that we were given still stands on my desk and is regularly filled with coins.

April 18, 2014 Citi Field
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 0
Mets Dude
May 17, 2014
Cold day, and even got worse when former Met Harang almost threw a no-hitter. Thank goodness David Wright got a hit.

July 8, 2014 Citi Field
Mets 8, Atlanta Braves 3
November 28, 2014
4,000 win in Mets History!

June 14, 2015 Citi Field
Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 8
June 16, 2015
Was all set to leave this game after Gee was serving up batting practice, but the bottom of the fourth with the 2 home runs, showed some life and finally take the lead in the sixth and hold on for the win!! I don't know if I ever attended a game where the Mets hit 4 home runs. Great come back and I hope a confidence builder.

August 11, 2015

I remember this game, when the Braves took a 5-1 lead going to the bottom of the third, I was ready to leave this game, then Flores base hit made it 5-3, then Gee goes out and gives it back plus 1, then Ciciliani and Herrera homers to bring it to 8-5 and with Gee gone decided to stay and watched the comeback completed with Lagares' 3 run homer to take the lead. They lost a lot of games painfully, it was nice to see them win this one.

June 20, 2015 Turner Field
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 4
August 11, 2015
This was the craziest Mets game I've ever attended. I was part of the 7LineArmy group, sitting in left field. We were loud, raucous, but well behaved. The Braves fans did not know how to handle our fun. Nearly 800 thundersticks can make a lot of noice! lol In the 4th inning, Braves security came to advice us to stop using them. At first it was ignored and we got LOUDER! But the urging of the 7Line leader, Darren, we put them down (until the 9th inning!) Fox TV sent a film crew to show us in action. The group chanted 'We're on TV. we're on TV'. The group had a blast, but the Mets could not hold on to their 2-0 lead and lost 6-4.

April 3, 2017 Citi Field
Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 0
April 9, 2017
My 9th Opening Day Game! Thor was great! 6 runs in the 7th! LETS GO METS!

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