bob I remember this guy taking the field on a sunny afternoon at Candlestick Park without sunglasses. He proceeded to drop two or three pop-ups and cost the Mets several runs. Then, he finally went in and got a pair of sunglasses.
November 21, 2004 I remember attending a weekday afternoon game against the Padres in 1980 and Jose hit a pinch 3 run homer to tie the game. There was about 1000 people in the stands. Juan Eichelberger started for SD. The Mets eventually lost in 18 innings. Typical.
November 24, 2004 Pete, that game was on Tuesday afternoon, August 26, 1980 at Shea. Moreno was pinch-hitting for Mets starter Mark Bomback in the fifth inning and hit what was actually at two-run homer off Juan Eichelberger to make the score 4-3 Padres. The Mets then took the lead in the sixth on a homer by Claudell Washington but the Pads regained the lead before the Mets tied it in the ninth and on and on for eighteen innings...
The homer was the second--and final--home run of Moreno's career. His first had come on June 18 at Candlestick Park. Jose played in 37 games for the 1980 Mets, then played in 34 games for the Padres in 1981 (he was part of the Randy Jones trade), and his final season was spent with the AL West Champion Angels in 1982, where he got into just 11 games, all in April and May.
September 23, 2005 This guy should have been a boxer! He gave new meaning to the phrase,"Hands of Stone!" I recall that day in S.F., he was lost out there! Glasses or not, that showed the Mets he was not the answer at 3rd base!
April 15, 2007 I was dating Jose for the brief time he played for the Mets. He promised to hit a home run for me and he did! I was listening to the game that day in August on the radio and I heard the crack of the bat,as he delivered on his promise. He was a sweet guy, and I will always remember the day a home run had my name on it!