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June 8, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0
Mets2Moon
April 16, 2001
Reed's "Imperfect" game. In the wake of another perfect game thrown by a certain pitcher on a certain team occupying the same city, the Mets were completely squeezed out of the press. For 6 2/3 innings, however, Mets fans were given a teaser by Reed. I was at this game, and from the 4th inning forward, fans were up with every pitch he threw. McGriff smacked a shot up the middle leading off the 5th...right into Reed's glove. A PH (I forget who) slices a liner to right, and the crowd gasps as Butch Huskey lumbers toward it...dives...And the man caught it! And everyone there thought we were destined to witness history. Finally, it caught up with Reed on a 3-2 pitch to Boggs in the 7th. Doubled to center, out of McRae's reach. Undaunted, Reed did complete the game, K'd a then- career-high 10, and had his first CGSHO. As an added bonus, Piazza chimed in with his 1st Mets HR at Shea in the 4th. A wonderful game thrown by Reed. The man was absolutely unhittable that night.

Michael
October 29, 2010

THIS would be a great game to show on SNY classics instead of the same games they always air. Reed's best game as a Met (besides his October 2, 1999 game) AND Piazza's first Shea homer. I remember this one well.

June 9, 1998 Shea Stadium
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5, Mets 4
Jon
August 26, 2002
This was Hideo Nomo's frst game with the Mets (and, I think, Rich Becker's last). Lots of excitement at Shea. I sat field level near the RF corner and caught a foul ball thrown into the stands by the Devil Ray right fielder. When I leaned forward to reach for it, I aggravated an achilles tendon tear which would eventually require surgery. Nomo didn't pitch very well, and the Mets lost in the 10th as a result of John Hudek's sorry relief and an error by Luis Lopez.

At least I got a ball.

July 17, 1999 Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3, Mets 2
Shickhaus Franks
May 29, 2011
In the May 20, 2011 edition of USA Today, they had an article on interleague play and according to Major League Baseball it says the matchup of the Mets at Tampa Bay hasn't happened. LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE; MLB!!!!! Maybe USA Today should've looked up ultimateMets.com. Things that make you go HMMMM... Also on this day, there was the news that a plane carrying John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law was reported missing. (The plane was found and they were all dead.)

June 2, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3
Bob P
September 9, 2004
Fred McGriff homers in the sixth off Glendon Rusch to give the Devil Rays a 3-2 lead. It is McGriff's 400th career homer..he is the 31st player in history to hit 400.

But Todd Zeile smacks a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth off Rick White (who the Mets will trade for eight weeks later) to give the Mets the lead back, and they win it, 5-3. Pat Mahomes, John Franco, and Armando Benitez each pitch a scoreless inning of relief.

Also on this day the Mets trade Bill Pulsipher to Arizona for Lenny Harris.

June 4, 2000 Shea Stadium
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 15, Mets 5
Bob P
October 13, 2003
Tampa Bay pitcher Esteban Yan hit a home run in the top of the second inning and then allowed a home run to Jay Payton in the bottom of the same inning...a rare daily double!

Phil Thiegou
November 16, 2003

Go figure, the Devil Rays are 2-4 at Shea Stadium and guess which 2 games I went to? Yes I went to Hideo Nomo's Mets debut in which he stunk and the lousy bullpen blew a valiant comeback in extra innings in '98 and there was this game. I went because the Mets were giving out those stylish and very practical mini-duffle bags. Plus the Mets had whupped the Rays in the 2 previous games, so I figured the Mets would sweep. Instead the Mets made dubious history as the opposing pitcher ESTEBAN YAN hit a home run in his first major league at bat on his first pitch. His name sounded funny, in fact on ESPN when they showed the highlights of ESTEBAN YAN hitting that homer and they showed Bobby Jones with a look of disgust on his face for giving up a home run to an American League pitcher, and the announcer said that Jones feels like an ESTEBAN YAN. And since that day, not only have I felt like an ESTEBAN YAN, but that we all have an ESTEBAN YAN in all of us.

Bob P
September 9, 2004

Not only did Tampa Bay pitcher Esteban Yan hit a home run in this game, he hit it on the first pitch of his first major league at bat! He became the first AL pitcher to homer in his first at bat since Don Rose of the California Angels did it in 1972.

The Devil Rays batter before Yan, SS Felix Martinez, had just hit HIS first major league home run one pitch earlier.

Zach
October 15, 2004

Went to this one expecting to see a rout, but not like this. I still don't know who Esteban Yan is.

Shickhaus Franks
February 4, 2007

A beautiful warm sunny day at Shea and the Mets get beat by the D-Rays big time!!! Sat in the field box (3rd base side) and stayed through the whole game. I always stay until the last out (or walk-off hit) but as things got ugly on the Shea field, at least I decided to check out the wonderful eye candy in the stands. Esteban Yan's home run was a classic (probably his only highlight of his career) and many Simpsons fans will recall that Millhouse pretended to be him in an episode of that classic show.

June 8, 2001 Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7, Mets 5
Larry
June 20, 2001
I had looked forward to this game since the schedule was released. Afterall how many times does your favorite team come from 2000 miles away to play on your birthday at the stadium near you. Well it happened to me. The Mets were in tampa, I lived only 2 hours away. I had my tickets and a hope for a win. Down 7-0 in the 9th I was disheartened until the Mets rolled out 5 runs with the help of mark johnson's first homer of the year. It ended with a Piazza fly out, oh well I was coming back 2 days later for the appier-lopez pitching duel

June 9, 2001 Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5, Mets 2
Sanchi
June 12, 2001
This Game was just horrible. The Devil Rays, the worst team in the league, were playing as if they were the Yankees or something. The Mets just couldn't put Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding all together at once. The Defense was horrible and no one could come through to hit in those big time chances they had to score. The good thing out of it all was Piazza's shot down the line to left and Ventura's Powerful "KILLING" of the ball to left. Nothing seemed to go right for the Mets and they ended up losing a series to a team like the Devil Rays, but at least they didn't get swept, and they taught 'em a lesson the next day with Kevin Appier great performance.

June 10, 2001 Tropicana Field
Mets 10, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0
Larry
June 20, 2001
This game was much different than the one I had attended 2 days previously. I had much better seats and by the time the 7th inning stretch came around almost 98% of those great devil ray fans had left the stadium. The rest of us diehard Mets fans that were left had joined in chorus "Let's Go Mets" as the two idiot fans dressed as fred flinstone ran around holding up john rocker jersey's tried to escape getting their asses kicked. I had a great time...

June 20, 2009 Citi Field
Tampa Bay Rays 3, Mets 1
Ed K
June 22, 2009
First rain delay in the history of Citi Field.

Steve
April 15, 2010

This was my first Citi Field game. After two rain delays Citi was just about empty. Mets lost 3-1 in one of the worst Met games I have ever seen. I got so angry after the rain delay and Mets offense didn't produce that I yelled "I waited an hour for this?!?!" The section I was sitting in had a laugh about it. That's about as much as us Met fans had to smile about that rainy day at Citi.

June 13, 2012 Tropicana Field
Mets 9, Tampa Bay Rays 1
RA Dickey rules
June 15, 2012
Dickey was more dominant than any Mets pitcher so far including Johan. He allowed a slow grounder which I think if Wright used the glove and threw quickly, Upton would have been out. In my book, he got 29 outs in a row. Amazing.




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