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May 4, 1998 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Mets 2
Joe W.
June 30, 2009
I found a video of this game on Super 8 film, with the first two innings and some fielding practice. It also includes the dulcet tones of Gary Cohen and Bob Murphy.

It is on YouTube, if you search 5/4/98.

August 23, 1998 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3
Lee
May 20, 2005
I was at this game on a hot, sticky, summer day at Shea and they were facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. Though I had known Bernard Gilkey had been traded to the Diamondbacks, it really felt weird seeing him playing in a D-Backs uniform just a month after I had watched him play in a Mets uniform and just two days after I had first seen the movie Men in Black where he appears in a Mets uniform when he is hit in the head with a batted ball.

It seemed like one of those easy days because our ace Al Leiter was facing Brian Anderson, a guy who one season gave up more homers than any other pitcher in baseball. However, despite a homer by Alfonzo, Anderson pitched well, Leiter didn't pitch as well, and the Mets lost 4-3.

D.C.
September 26, 2013

Second game at Shea for me, went with my father and my friend's family.

I remember it being obnoxiously hot and an odd series because it was a three-gamer that started on a Saturday and ended on Monday. Just a bad loss to a bad team which culminated in a series loss the following day.

May 28, 1999 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Mets 1
Anthony
October 3, 2003
I remember this game well. My sophomore year of high school was coming near its end. It was a humid night. It was me, my cousin Dan, my uncle Dave, and my dad. Who would have known that a tight game like this would be the start of an eight-game skid? Rick Reed pitched a good seven innings. Too bad it went to waste.

The two keys in this game were Mike Piazza tumbling and not scoring in the ninth, and then the debated 3-2 pitch to Luis Lopez that was called a strike to end the game with the bases loaded.

On the way home, we were talking away about the sudden change in atmosphere among the fans when that 3-2 pitch was called strike three on Luis Lopez. It went from major excitment to major frustration with a few obscenities. Benny Agabyani hit one of what were many home runs at the time. Mets lost 2-1, the first of an eight-game losing streak.

May 30, 1999 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 10, Mets 1
Hank M
May 22, 2005
I shut this game off in the first inning. The reason for this was not because the Mets fell behind so early, but because I couldn't tell which team was the Mets. On this day, both the Mets and Diamondbacks wore black shirts and black hats. They looked exactly alike! I couldn't watch a game in which I couldn't tell my team from the other. Seeing the result of the game later, I was glad I did.

This has been a problem in the major leagues ever since owners decided to add alternate jerseys to their teams' wardrobes. There have been many games that have had both teams wearing dark shirts, quite often the same color. It's important to distinguish one team from the other, especially if one of those teams is your own. What ever happened to basic home and away uniforms?

October 5, 1999 Bank One Ballpark
1999 National League Division Series Game 1
Mets 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
Mets2Moon
January 25, 2002
Damned if I was going to let the fact that this game started at 11PM cost me the chance to miss the Mets first playoff game since 88. And they made staying up until 2AM worth it by whipping Johnson and the DBacks. As I had done a few short days ago, I gasped and then cheered and danced as Alfonzo blasted a grand slam just inside the foul pole in the 9th. And the Mets miracle run continued...

Ken Akerman
April 2, 2003

As a Diamondbacks fan, I attended this game at Bank One Ballpark. I was sitting behind the left- field foul pole when Edgardo Alfonzo's grand slam in the ninth inning fell into the stands just below me. I was disappointed by this result and by the fact that Randy Johnson did not pitch a good game.

However, the Diamondbacks finally got their revenge against New York (if not against the Mets - against the bad boys from the Bronx) when they won World Series two years later, coming from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the seventh game on Luis Gonzalez' bases- loaded bloop single.

Lee
September 8, 2004

A lesson is learned from every baseball game. In game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Bob McNamara pulled Roger Clemens after 7 incredible innings for the Red Sox and, as you all know and have seen highlight reels of a million times, the Mets managed to come back and win. YOU DON'T PULL A GOOD PITCHER LIKE ROGER CLEMENS IN A CLOSE, HUGE GAME! The same thing happened on this night in Arizona, Game 1 of the 1999 NLDS. Randy Johnson did not pitch a great game, this is true. But the game was tied at 4 and Buck Showalter decided to hand the game over to his bullpen instead of letting Randy Johnson, the great pitcher that he is, finish what he started. Instead, he gave Bobby Chouinard the ball and, with the bases loaded, Edgardo Alfonzo skied one into the seats in left and put a dagger in the hearts of every Diamondbacks fan (which I'm okay with because, of course, I'm a Met fan). After this game, I had a feeling the Mets had this series.

Joe Lanzisera
February 23, 2009

Obviously this was our first playoff game in a decade (if you don't count the tiebreaker vs. the Reds) and Fonzie put the team on his back. I remember how late it was on the East Coast when this one ended. One general comment about this game, which was true for a lot of 98 and 99 especially was how well Cook and Wendell kept us in it after the Diamondbacks got on a roll in the middle innings. Particularly Wendell - he got more key outs for us in those two seasons than most people seem to remember.

October 6, 1999 Bank One Ballpark
1999 National League Division Series Game 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Mets 1
Ken Akerman
April 2, 2003
As a Diamondbacks fan, I attended this game at Bank One Ballpark. It was pleasing to me to see the D-Backs bounce back after a disappointing performance the night before. The D-Backs needed to win only one game at Shea Stadium to return the series to Phoenix. However, that was not to be, so we had to wait until the year after next year to earn our championship.

October 8, 1999 Shea Stadium
1999 National League Division Series Game 3
Mets 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Tom Fehn
November 30, 2001
This was my first ever playoff game and this season I went to many many nailbitters and of course of the way to Shea we hear Ed Coleman say Mike Piazza wont play today because of a injured thumb, the 1st thing that came to my mind was I have the worst luck in the world, that at of all the playoffs games I go to Mike Piazza isn't gonna play, but finnally something went my way and that is the Mets beat the D-Backs 9-2 oh man after all the games I have ever went to and all the years of stressful games it felt so great to watch a playoff game and in the 7th inning just relax and not even worry about a rally or nothing, this was my favorite game ever and also I caught a foul ball hit by Tony Womack so it couldn't get better.

Dan
July 29, 2002

The first home postseason Mets game in 13 years. . .and I was there! This was the first (and so far only) playoff game I attended and my boys didn't disappoint. They played a dominant brand of baseball that night and took hold of this series against a team they struggled with all season long. The 6-run sixth when they batted around was a thing of precision, as they kept getting one well-placed hit after another. When you score nine runs without a home run, you know players brought their hitting shoes with 'em. Just a great night to be at Shea (although probably not as great as the following afternoon). For a lifelong Mets fan (we're talking since 1973), getting to see my boys in person in the playoffs was a great moment.

Anthony
January 15, 2003

This was the first playoff game I attended. My family has a share in season tickets for seats on the field level behind third base. It was my dad and I. I was in my junior year of high school. I remember I got called down to the office at school because my dad was on the phone to verify when we were heading off to Shea. The game was awesome. I would have been happy even if the Mets had gotten knocked out in the first round (I did not expect them to beat Arizona). This game the field level was litterly rockin' with all the fans jumpin'.

Steve
August 13, 2003

This was the first Met playoff game I ever attended after being a Met fan for 24 years and the electricity was incredible. We were sitting down the right field line and some people were standing up for most of the game. I remember Darryl Hamilton being a sparkplug this night.

Joe From Jersey
December 11, 2005

It was the 1st Mets playoff game I ever attended. My brother, cousin and his ex-brother-in-law was with me. We sat in the mezzanine (3rd base side). And before the game we tailgated with thousands of other fans in the parking lot. Many of the fans were blasting "LA Woman" from the Doors and many more were listening to the Braves-Astros game that was going on that afternoon. The Mets won in a rout and my best memory was of the 4 of us hopscotching to our seats to avoid the clumps of horse manure that the NYPD horsies had left as a reminder. I always wish to this day that my cousin (who had the tickets to all the playoffs, he had the Sunday games package) had invited me to Game 4 aka Todd Pratt's home run off Matt Mantei. Oh well.

October 9, 1999 Shea Stadium
1999 National League Division Series Game 4
Mets 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Mike Dolitsky
July 5, 2001
My oldest son had a Little League game that afternoon, so before leaving, I popped in a videotape around the 7th inning and started taping. Turned out to be a great move - my youngest son's all-time favorite videotape moment (which gets rewound and replayed ad infinitum) is watching Steve Finley look in his glove and NOT see the baseball that had just come off of Todd Pratt's bat. The most priceless moment is watching Johnny Franco prance out of the dugout as Pratt rounded the bases and crossed the plate, ensuring that the Mets would meet the Braves in the LCS.

Chris Rosa
October 25, 2001

A very strange game. . .the Mets benefit from Tony Womack's late inning muff of an easy fly ball. . .Cookie Rojas is tossed for arguing a foul-ball call down the 3rd base line (it looked fair to me too Cookie!). . .defensive super-sub Melvin Mora cuts down a runner at the plate in the late innings to keep the Mets in it. . .and then. . .TODD PRATT! Tank manages to turn around Mantei's best fastball and drive it 411 feet to dead center! No one at Shea knows if its gone until the fireworks go off and Finley checks his gloves and slumps dejectedly. What a wierd, wonderful game!!!

Mets2Moon
January 25, 2002

I was at this game, scrambed down from Binghamton that morning, and risked academic ruin as I had a paper due Tuesday, but I had a chance to go and I took it. Not to nitpick with the last comment, but Mantei had thrown 2.2 innings by time Pratt hit his HR, and he's a short man, so I think his fastball was lagging. Pratt would later say he was sitting dead red, especially after Mantei bounced a splitter into the stands on the first pitch. And then it happened, Pratt smoked it out of the ballpark and somehow, I managed to stay composed enough to snap some pictures of the moment while everyone else went berserk. What a fabulous game!

Mr. T
February 19, 2002

Where do I begin...It was an odd game, satisfying but tense. When the game began many seats had remained empty(traffic problems it turns out)and the sky was kind of hazy. I don't think many of us there were very confident since Piazza had the bad hand and could not play. Lots of memories, from the blast down the line that got Rojas canned, to Hamilton's sliding catch in center, to Benny's blast to right center and finally to Pratt's picture perfect punch to center. But what I will never ever forget was how the upper deck vibrated with the jubilent rhythmic stomping of feet. I feared that Shea would fall apart, I really did. Long Live Todd Pratt! Lets Go Mets!

MetMan
June 5, 2003

Sitting behind the plate in Section 1 or 3 of the upper deck, this was the best game I have ever seen in my lifetime. Back and forth battle until the bottom of the 10th. "Mantei sets, the pitch swing and a high fly ball deep CF hit pretty well Finley goes back at the track jumping... and its OUTTA HERE, Pratt hit it over the fence, Finley jumped and he missed it the Mets win the ballgame!" by Cohen, or Berman's call "(crack) hit pretty well, Finley goes back back back...it's over, it's over, Todd Pratt, one of the most unlikely heroes wins it in the 10th."

Lee
October 20, 2004

I was at this game and what a classic it was! It was Game 4 of the NLDS, where the Mets had the chance to clinch with a 2-1 series lead. I had my regular seats (behind home plate on the third base side). It stayed close but the D- Backs threatened in the eighth but a great throw by Agbayani and an even better job by Todd Pratt of blocking the plate saved the Mets from having Jay Bell, a future Met, score the go-ahead run.

In the bottom half of the inning, a Met (who I think was Darryl Hamilton) hit a ball down the line that would have brought home a run if it were fair. Everyone stood up and I couldn't see but it was called foul and the fans groaned but then Cookie Rojas started arguing the call and he got ejected, suspended, and fined.

I think in the same inning, Shawon Dunston had the most incredible at-bat I've ever seen, fouling off EVERY SINGLE PITCH before finally hitting one up the middle.

Then, in the tenth, Todd Pratt stepped up against Matt Mantei and hit a shot with that helicopter swing of his and it was back to the wall and I was scared because I knew Steve Finley was an incredible center fielder (which was where the ball was) and it was BACK BACK BACK! and Steve Finley jumped and came down and I thought he had the ball but he looked down at his glove and the ball wasn't there and that's when I knew the Mets were going to the NLCS and I watched John Franco (who had gotten the win) coming jumping and hopping out of the dugout and it was the greatest Mets moment I had ever experienced and then I was on eyewitness news screaming "Let's Go Mets!" so that was cool too.

Bob
April 8, 2005

I was sitting in the third to last row in the upper deck way down the right field line. Lousy seats but it gave me a perfect view of Todd Pratt's homer, which was hit to the right of the 410 sign. What most people at Shea and everyone on TV didn't see was that the ball actually GRAZED THE TOP OF STEVE FINLEY'S GLOVE as it went over the fence. The ball clearly changed trajectory (flattened out) as Finley leaped for it. Everyone remembers those few agonizing seconds when they didn't know whether to cheer or cry, but few people realize how close Finley actually came to pulling it back into the park. What a game!

Mets2Moon
September 6, 2006

As is becoming a habit of mine, I go back to posts I have made and feeling as though I was a bit too terse in leaving my memories of a particular game. This is no different. Looking back 7 years later, and having attended many games over time, this was by far the best game I have ever attended, and my memories of this game, aided by videotape and by pictures I took are far more vivid than most other games.

I remember...

...Driving down from Binghamton the previous night, a Friday, and listening to game 3 on the radio, knowing Piazza was out and then arriving home around the 6th inning and seeing the Mets slowly put the game out of reach and knowing that I would be there for game 4 and a potential clincher.

...Being so amped up for the game that I left my house around 9AM and arrived at the stadium around 10:30. The gates had just opened and I was outside waiting for my friend until 11:30. Noted the banners outside that read "ARE YOU READY FOR THE POST-SEASON."

...Finally going into the stadium and up to my seat in the Mezzanine, section 12. Watching the Dbacks take batting practice, snapping some pictures and watching as the crowds coming off the train got larger and larger as game time approached.

...Keith and Mookie throwing out the first pitches to more ovations and more anticipation. The stadium was electric. I noted that after so many years of bad Mets teams the stadium would look so large when it was empty and how it seemed so much smaller now that it was full.

...The Mets taking the field at 1:07 PM charging out to the field not to the intro to Pink Floydís "Time" as they had during the season but the outro to The Beatles "A Day In The Life." Everything seemed different about this game.

...Fonzie homering into the LF bleachers in the 4th and the crowd going bonkers.

...Leiter taking a no-hitter into the 5th before Colbrunn homered to break it up and tie the game.

...Henderson fouling off every deuce from Anderson before blooping a single to right. Agbayani doubled to right center to score Rickey and giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.

...Leiter making it through 7.2 innings before allowing a walk to Turner Ward and a questionable infield single to Womack which Fonzie booted before throwing to first just late. Leiter would then exit to one of the largest and loudest standing ovations I have ever bore witness to.

...Benitez giving up the double to Jay Bell scoring Ward and Womack and feeling like I was just suckerpunched. I felt like crying.

...Williams drilling a single to Left shortly after Bell rounding third to score but Melvin Mora throwing a perfect strike home and Pratt diving to tag out Bell to end the Dbacks threat.

...The bottom of the 8th being the longest inning I have ever sat through. Mind you, nobody in the stadium is sitting at this point, as Greg Olson walks Fonzie to lead off, then is removed for Greg Swindell to pitch to Olerud. And Olerud putting forth an incredible at bat, working the count to 2-2, fouling off pitch after pitch before finally lofting a fly ball to right, and seeing Womack drift back, thinking itís going to be caught, but it keeps drifting and drifting...suddenly Womack is on the warning track...lines it up...and drops it. He dropped the ball and Fonzie scampers all the way to third, and Olerud to second. Cedeno then lofting a fly to center, Finley cutting in front of Womack to make the catch, Fonzie scoring easily to re-tie the game. Ventura then walked, and Showalter then made a peculiar move. He double switched Matt Williams, his best hitter and fielder out of the game, for Mantei. Mantei would get Pratt to hit a comebacker, and Olerud was tagged out at 3rd. 2 out. Darryl Hamilton, on 3-2, hit a slicing liner down the left field line which bounced on the chalk...And the crowd went nuts because to just about everyone it looked fair. Everyone except Charlie Williams, the LF Umpire. Cookie Rojas and Williams then engaged in a legendary argument. Bobby V. had to come out and restrain Rojas, Rojas then shoved Williams in the chest and finally had to be pulled away by Valentine, Mookie and Ventura. Bobby V. would end up coaching third after everything settled and spent the rest of the inning glaring directly at Mantei. Mantei walked Hamilton on the next pitch to load the bases. Then Ordonez struck out...I then had to take a deep breath and make sure I hadnít died during the inning.

...Benitez getting through the 9th 1-2-3.

...Fonzie batting in the last of the 9th with Matt Franco on 2nd and being sure he would drive in the winning run...He didnít.

...John Franco coming in for the 10th and making a great play on a Lenny Harris chopper.

...4:33PM...Pratt smoking a drive to deep center on the 1-0 pitch...and Finley going back...and Iím reaching for my camera...And Finley at the wall...And jumps...and comes down...and slumps down...And Pratt is jumping around the bases, and Ordonez and Luis Lopez come streaking across the infield, and everyone is going crazy...And the whole time I remember thinking to myself "Did I just see that? Did Pratt just do that? What in the world!?"...And fireworks are going off, and "LA Woman" is blasting.

...And the scoreboard reads in giant letters "CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORK METS ON ADVANCING TO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES!!!"

...And nobody wanting to leave the stadium just yet...and walking down the ramps and hearing mock tomahawk chops and varied chants of "LARRY" and "ROCKER SUCKS" and knowing that the Blood feud was about to begin.

And you look back on a game like this and think about how many times the Mets had high hopes and tanked or never had hopes at all, and you wonder why you stick with a team. This is why. Itís all for games like this. But theyíre fleeting, and time passes, you come to appreciate games like this more and more because they donít happen very often.

May 20, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 7
murphy
June 3, 2005
This game still sticks in my head as the worst performance by the god-awful Rich Rodriguez. Trusted with a 6 run lead in the 9th, Rodriguez and Franco began to serve up batting practice, allowing hit after hit after hit. What had been a laugher became a nail biter. It was at this point every Mets fan realized no lead was safe with RichRod on the mound.

Matt
March 31, 2007

Still remember this game vividly. There was first a 3-hour rain delay and they rewarded the fans with free tickets to another game. Mets are in control of this game and Hampton pitched a good game.

Then came Rich Rodriguez, who almost blew a 6-run lead until Benitez had to come in with the bases loaded and strike out Durazo.

Oh yes, I almost caught a foul ball in the 8th inning of this game.

May 21, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 6
Mets2Moon
September 24, 2001
Not very often will a team hit 3 HRs off Randy Johnson. And Joe McEwing won the hearts of all Mets fans with his play in this game.

Lee
July 13, 2004

No one beats Randy Johnson... except the Mets. I was at this game and I watched the Mets hit three homers off the Big Unit but the biggest story was Joe McEwing. He almost hit for the cycle just 9 days after making his Mets debut including his first homer of the year off Johnson and the game was close anyway because Reed wasn't incredible either and it was a one run game in favor of the D-Backs in the ninth, I believe, but the Mets come back and then Derek Bell hits one into the right field corner and Erubiel Durazo dives and misses and Joe McEwing comes home with the winning run.

August 25, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Rob
October 11, 2003
I remember going to this game and just being able to tell the Mets were going to own Randy Johnson when I glanced at the scoreboard and saw that his pitches were reaching about 90-92mph. I thought maybe he hadn't completely loosened up or something. Turns out the Mets never gave him the chance as they knocked him out after 2 innings. Can't remember anything else about the game though.

August 26, 2000 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Mets 1
Jon
January 9, 2011
Disappointing evening. Rick White gives up 4 runs in the 10th inning.

August 27, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Rich
June 3, 2001
I attended this game for my bachelor party. Hampton was terrific, not only did he throw a gutsy game, he also made a couple of outstanding defensive plays. After the Mets took a 2-1 lead late, it was vintage Benitez in the ninth, striking out Greg Colbrunn to end the game. Afterwards we got to celebrate at the Diamond Club. All around, it was a great day.

May 5, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Dan
June 1, 2004
Caught my first foul ball in almost 30 years of attending games at Shea. Almost fell out of the Mezzanine section doing it, but it was worth it! Oh, yeah, the Mets thumped the D'Backs, too.

August 3, 2001 Bank One Ballpark
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Mets 0
Ken Akerman
April 24, 2003
I was at this game. This was "Randy Johnson Bobblehead Night" and appropriately, the Big Unit was pitching. I got a Randy Johnson bobblehead doll and watched Johnson and Troy Brohawn combine on a two-hit shutout, winning 7-0. Luis Gonzalez (a.k.a. Gonzo) hit one of his 57 home runs that season in this game, and Matt Williams also hit a home run.

I'm saving my Randy Johnson bobblehead doll in its box and keeping it as an investment. Perhaps I may sell it on eBay when Johnson gets inducted into the Hall of Fame, so I can get maximum value for it.

April 30, 2002 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 10, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Ken Akerman
April 24, 2003
I was at this game. A dismal game for my Diamondbacks. Piazza hits two home runs, including a grand slam. Fortunatately the Diamondbacks got revenge against the Mets at Shea Stadium in August, sweeping a four-game series there.

Ed K
March 18, 2009

People usually remember 2002 as an awful Mets season. They forget that when they won this game - finishing off one of their best Aprils ever - they were tied for 1st Place. People was remarking what a consistant rotation the team had with Leiter, Astacio, Estes, Trachsel, and D'Amico. Optimism was in the air with wins like this thanks to a couple of Piazza homers. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out as the season progressed and Bobby Valentine got a pink slip at the conclusion.

August 3, 2002 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Mets 5
Greg
September 17, 2002
Not that there was a lot of mystery heading into this game, but this was the one that pounded the nail into the misguided notion that the 2002 Mets would contend for a playoff spot. There are a handful of times in your life that you absolutely know something, and Craig Counsell's shot down the right field line in the ninth off Armando spelled out for me and any thinking Mets fan on hand very clearly that this team was fork-sticking done. They played like it in the tenth and they played like it in the second game of this day's doubleheader, the game that proved, ultimately, that Keith Hernandez's "quit" assessment was righter than right.

To paraphrase Danny Kaye, the team with no heart, no heart and all thumbs, they're my 2002, your 2002--do you really think we'll get out of last place this year?--our 2002 Mets!

Jon
January 11, 2011

This debacle really finished the Mets as contenders until 2005 or '06 really. I left disgustedly in the middle of game 2 after seeing the pointless debut of John Thomson.

August 4, 2002 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 12, Mets 7
Brooklyn 539er
September 3, 2003
Ty Wigginton's first major league home run. And he was really enthuisiastic when he answered his curtain call. Who knew that it was a hint of things to come. Unfortunately Byung-Hyung Kim saved it for the D-backs. The one time l want him to blow a save in New York City and he doesn't. Sure he screws up royally against the Yanks, but not the Mets.

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

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

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

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

May 12, 2004 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 1, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Barry F.
June 14, 2004
An important game for not only the road trip, but maybe the entire season for this team. Glavine and Johnson hooked up in an incredible pitching duel and Kaz Matsui's leadoff HR winds up being the ONLY run. After two straight losses, the Mets right the ship, sparking them to four wins in the next five games on the trip. After the downers of the last week, when the Mets looked DEAD, this was one of the early season's highlights.

David
July 13, 2004

Huge clutch performance by Glavine. After the first two nights in Arizona all the newspapers and radio shows said we were done. Glavine pitches a beaut of a game giving the taxed bullpen rest. Matsui hit a leadoff homer which was all we got or needed vs Randy Johnson.

Bob P
July 13, 2004

Joe McEwing had a single off Randy Johnson leading off the sixth inning. Johnson retired the next six batters before leaving the game.

In his next outing, Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game, and in the outing after that, he retired the first six batters he faced. So over three appearances, Johnson retired 39 consecutive batters.

Robert Maturo
April 15, 2013

Went to this one with a bunch of friends. I remember Matsui hitting the leadoff HR on the second pitch of the game, I believe. Most of my friends thought it was the most boring game they've ever been to, but I enjoyed the pitching matchup.

June 2, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Mets2Moon
June 17, 2005
So now this season I have witnessed the Batters eye getting stuck and the infield sprinklers going off in the middle of the game. And, of course, Pedro is there to turn the folly of these moments into comedy at its finest.

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

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

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

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

Anthony
July 4, 2005

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

Ken Akerman
April 28, 2006

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

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

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

Joseph E Lambertson
April 28, 2012

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

Michael
May 30, 2013

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

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

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

Lee
July 12, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 3, 2007 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
John T Greenpoint
May 4, 2007
Damion Easley has now hit 2 big home runs this year so far to win the Mets 2 games. Mets just love playing in this park; this win makes it 11 in a row in Arizona. Hopefully a good sign to this road trip, maybe we can do like we did last year and win 6 out of these 7 games and get some distance between us and the Braves.

May 4, 2007 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
John T Greenpoint
May 5, 2007
The old man has done it again he has re-wrote the record books! Julio Franco not only hit a 2 run home run, but also stole a base becoming the oldest Major Leaguer to accomplish these feats!! How do you spell Cy Young? John Maine of course! Although he did not look comfortable tonight on the mound he got the job done. That is what Cy Young candidates do! Mets are now 2-0 on this 7 game road trip.

Shickhaus Franks
May 13, 2007

You gotta love it whenever the Mets beat up on that washed-up aloof jerk Ned Beatty from "Deliverance" er I mean Rotten Randy. Maine didn't have his best stuff but still went 5-0 and 48-year-old Julio Franco slammed a nice pitch into the jacuzzi (Good thing that no one was soaking in that water at the time) and then we thought Endy Chavez had made The Son of The Catch but some kid with popcorn "ruined" it!

May 5, 2007 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
john T Greenpoint
May 6, 2007
13 in a row!! WOW! Jorge Sosa was a shot in the arm tonight. Shaun Green continues to rake at the plate, and the Mets regained control over 1st place from the Braves again!! I am truly amazed at how the Mets have totally dominated the Diamondbacks at chase Field, winning 13 in a row dating back to 2004!

May 6, 2007 Bank One Ballpark
Arizona Diamondbacks 3, Mets 1
Robert Maturo
July 27, 2012
I remember being excited for this game. This was the first game my girlfriend (now wife) and and I went to together. I took a broom with me because we were going for the sweep. However, the day did not go well at all. I got a speeding ticket driving up to the game from Tucson. Then when we got to the stadium, the bag checker/ticket takers wouldn't let me bring the broom into the stadium and broke it right in front of me. And that broom breaking seemed to put a personal Mets spell on me, because they went on to lose that game, and I haven't seen them win in person since. I went to one Dback games in 08; they lost that one. I went to 3 Padre games that same year and they lost all 3 of them 2-1. I went to 2 Dback games in 09, they lost in both of those. Then I went to all 3 games in both 2010 and 2011, only to watch them get swept in both series. I'm going up this Saturday and Sunday praying that my streak will end!

May 2, 2008 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Henry (metsjets) Indictor
February 25, 2010
Too bad Jose Reyes just missed out on the cycle. That would've been cool because he is so fast.

May 4, 2008 Bank One Ballpark
Mets 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Amit
May 5, 2008
What a huge win for the Mets! They continue their dominance in Arizona. Decent outing by Santana however over his last 2 starts he has been less effective. Bullpen did a nice job and what a throw by Church to get the runner at third in the 8th inning. GAME SAVING PLAY. Nice to see the Mets win a series against the best team in the majors. Lets hope they can keep it going in LA.

June 10, 2008 Shea Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks 9, Mets 5
Amit
June 11, 2008
I really do not know what to make of the 2008 Mets. After a 10-game span where they went 7-3, they follow it up with 5 losses in a row (4 to a bad Padres team without having to face Peavy, Young, or Maddux). The team just can't seem to get anything going consistently. When they pitch well they don't hit and when they hit well they don't pitch. Not surprisingly in this game they got out to a 5-1 lead on Arizona and the bats went to sleep. Arizona was able to come back and win the game. We see this way too much with the Mets: they get a lead and they sit on it depending on starting pitching that is inconsistent and a bullpen that cannot be trusted. I hate to say it but maybe this is what they are, a .500 caliber team. Maybe Omar Minaya should consider trading away some of the veteran talent like Wagner and Beltran to get young major league ready prospects in return. Build that team around Johan, Wright and Reyes. Even if the Mets turn it around I am not sure if they have a good enough team to compete with the Cubs, Phillies, or D-Backs. I am not giving up on this team I am just being realistic.

June 11, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Mike
November 28, 2008
This game was a lot of fun to watch. Pelfrey pitched a gem, but Wagner blew it in the ninth and the game went into extra innings. As it got later, my friend and I realized we would have to leave in order to catch the last train out of Grand Central. We left after the 12th, and while we were on the 7 train someone announced that Beltran had won it with a homer. Even though we didn't get to see the end, we had a great time.

August 2, 2009 Citi Field
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Mets 2
Jared K
July 1, 2010
My wife, her friend, my high school buddy, and my father all went to see our first game at Citi Field, and it wasn't a very good one.

The start of the game was delayed by rain for 2 hours. While Mike Pelfrey is pitching out of his mind this season, this was one of his frustratingly ineffective, out of control starts that plagued him through much of the disastrous 2009 campaign.

It seemed like the AAA lineup the Mets fielded this game had better things to do somewhere else, as Jon Garland needed only about 2 or 3 pitches to get every single batter out, and took it to the house for the complete game.

My wife's friend, originally from Germany and who couldn't have cared less about American baseball if she tried, made some nonsensical, airheaded comment about the Schneider surname "being everywhere" when the useless bum came up to the plate. I quipped "as long as it ain't on the Mets roster next year" and got some high-fives from my father and my friend. That was about the highlight of the afternoon unfortunately!

Dan the Man
August 28, 2012

What a day for my first ever visit to Citi Field as I look back on it three years later!!! Got to the stadium an hour early that day to hopefully walk around it and see it only for the walkways to be completely crowded with people hiding from the rain that day. Correction Jared it was a 2 and a half hour rain delay!! Then what made it worse was Mike Pelfrey did his best Steve Traschel imitation that day and took literally like a minute between pitches and he was ineffective that day too boot! Jon Garland literally threw like 90 pitches for a complete game for the Diamondbacks who won 5-2. The highlight of the day for me was a laugh Jared (yep the guy who posted ahead of me) gave me when explaining why they didn't play through the rain saying they're saving these guys for October baseball and don't want them to get injured in the rain!!

Even after the game it was still a disaster! I missed my train from Penn Station in New York back to Jersey by literally a minute. Then an hour later when another train came somehow I lost my train ticket back home and had to pay like $15 more dollars to get home! Eventually I got home at 9:30 that night for a game scheduled to start at 1:00 and had to wake up the next morning (a Monday) for a job I hated at the time! Fortunately though nothing lasts forever and things have gotten better in my life since three years ago. For the Mets I do think karma will be on their side one of these days so be it the Wilpons don't own the team!!

July 21, 2010 Bank One Ballpark
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3
ABK
July 22, 2010
The Mets are in huge trouble. The Braves are running away with this division and the WildCard is slipping away as well. Don't know how the offense can be so great without Beltran and be so lethargic with him in the lineup. Makes no sense. I don't like calling players out, but Jason Bay is robbing the Mets right now. The guy has been terrible all year long and he has not earned any of the money the Mets are giving him. He is an untradeable player based on his salary and performance so the Mets are unfortunately stuck with him. He needs to get his act together because without some type of contribution from him the Mets are going nowhere.

Not ready to give up on this team yet but am getting close to that point

July 30, 2010 Citi Field
Arizona Diamondbacks 9, Mets 6
Shickhaus Franks
February 15, 2011
On a beautiful Friday night at Citi Field where Mike Pelfrey had a rough 1st inning, where David Wright hit two long home runs, where Raul Valdes looked like the Exxon Valdes, where two guys ran onto the field waving Mexican flags protesting the Arizona immigration law until the Keystone Cops aka Citi Field security caught up with them; those two were lucky that they didn't get destroyed by former Mets C John Stearns or former Baltimore Colts linebacker Mike Curtis. I got to sit in the Pepsi Porch (not bad seats) and had to endure a Mets "fan" who had bet on the D'Backs and every time the D'Backs scored, he went crazy until I moved to another part of the porch. If you want to bet on sports go to Vegas or to the horse racetrack not Citi Field. Then in the bottom of the 9th, Mr. Mike Torrez -- er I mean Aaron Heilman -- came in to get the save for the D'Backs and I made 100% sure that I constantly reminded him about 9th inning, game 7 of the 2006 NLCS where he served that dagger in the heart to every Mets fan aka the HR to Yadier "Bleeping" Molina.

Shickhaus Franks
February 6, 2011

I was at this crazy game. Sat in the Pepsi Porch, wound up sitting next to a Mets fan who told me that he had bet the D-Backs. In my opinion, that's a big bowl of WRONG!!!! David Wright hits 2 long dingers in the cavernous Citi, a couple of dudes run onto the field protesting Arizona's anti-immigration law as the security detail catches them (where's John Stearns and/or former Baltimore Colt LB Mike Curtis when you need 'em). Guess who comes into the game for the D-Backs in the bottom of the 9th? The "grandson" of Ralph Branca and the "son" of Mike Torrez: Aaron Heilman and the remaining crowd lets him have it as I constantly remind him he's the main reason why the Mets were in their living rooms instead of taking on the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series!!!!! In true ironic fashion, Heilman gets the save!!!!

August 13, 2011 Bank One Ballpark
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Mets 4
Ken Akerman
August 18, 2011
I attended this game at Chase Field. The key moment occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the Mets up 4-2, starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey was hit in the right elbow by a line drive off the bat of Gerardo Parra, forcing him to leave the game and putting Parra on first with an infield single.

D.J. Carrasco came in to relieve Pelfry. Three batters later, after a hit by pitch to Willie Bloomquist, Ryan Roberts hit a three-run home run to put the Diamondbacks ahead for good, 5- 4.

Diamonbacks starting pitcher Daniel Hudson pitched eight strong innings for the win, and helped his own cause by driving in an insurance run in the sixth inning with an RBI single. J.J. Putz earned his 29th save of the season with perfect ninth inning.

July 28, 2012 Bank One Ballpark
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Mets 3
Ken Akerman
August 21, 2012
I attended this game at Chase Field. Ike Davis hit three home runs in his first three at-bats, but unfortunately for the Mets, he hit all of his home runs with the bases empty and the Mets could score no other runs. His first two home runs were nearly identical, both deep shots above the line on the wall in center field. His third home run was a line drive down the right field line into the Mets' bullpen.

Trailing 6-3 in the top of the seventh, David Wright led off with a walk. Davis followed with a chance to hit his fourth home run, and he delivered a single. The Mets were now threatening with two runners on base and none out, but failed to score.

The Mets had one last chance to go ahead in the top of the ninth, but with two men on and two out, Wright struck out while Davis was waiting on deck.

Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero had the biggest hit, a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Diamondbacks pitchers struck out 15 Mets, including nine by starting and winning pitcher Ian Kennedy.

July 4, 2013 Citi Field
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4
Shickhaus Franks
August 14, 2013
Spent the 4th of July at Citi with my pal Kathy and her son Adam. Great giveaway with the Mets All-Star Garden Gnome and the longest game innings wise I've ever spent at a Mets game (15 innings) on a hot and sunny afternoon after a rainy May and June. But I could only drink water (no Pepsi) because I had just enough money to have one hot dog because of budget problems (i.e. my landlord blindsided me by raising my rent). If life were fair, I would be stinking rich with money and be watching the Mets from the 200 empire suites instead of sitting in the upper deck!




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