Before Interleague Play began, in 1997, there were only two teams that the Mets had never played, ever. Not in Spring Training, Exhibitions or Postseason. They were the Anaheim Angels and the Seattle Mariners.
This would be the first ever meeting between the Mets and the Mariners, a matchup of what could have been the 2000 World Series had things broken a certain way.
This was also the return to Shea Stadium of John Olerud, although this seemed to be lost on most of the fans in attendance. I did make sure to cheer him loudly, though.
The game was fairly unmemorable. Jae Seo quietly tied the Mariners up in knots most of the evening, got key outs and kept the Mets in the game. Phillips and Floyd hit HRs. Seo eventually tired in the 8th, and Weathers and Benitez finished the game out.
The DH on Sunday, when the Mariners whipped the Mets twice is what everyone remembers, but let it go down that the Mets did emerge with a 3-2 victory in the first ever Mets/Mariners matchup.
Mets2Moon summed up this rather unremarkable game nicely. My scorecard indicates the weather this Friday night was "NICE!"