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Gary Cohen follow-up

To follow up on my previous post, I had the chance to ask Gary Cohen this week if he had a favorite walk-off or two from his radio days, noting that I'd prefer he chose one that was "under-the-radar." Here's his reply.

"The most unexpected Mets' walkoff I can recall was the game in May of 1999 at Shea against Curt Schilling and the Phillies. The Mets were down 4-0 going to the 9th and Schilling had been at his dominating best. They got a couple of men on, scored a couple of runs, but Terry Francona, then the Phillies' manager, steadfastly refused to go to his bullpen. And he continued to refuse until the Mets had strung together enough hits to score five and win the game. Totally unexpected.

The weirdest one I can remember, and I'm a little vague as to the year and opponent, was in the early 90s. Tie game, bases loaded, Daryl Boston up. The pitch was inside, and for a moment no one knew where the ball was. For good reason. The ball went directly INTO Boston's shirt. He calmly plucked it out (he was a cool dude), dropped it on home plate, and walked to first base as the winning run scored. "

We here at Mets Walk-Offs should note that we've written about both those games, and if you'd like to read about them, here are the links.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/07/schilling-drilling.html

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/07/boston-bean-party.html

True Metrys know...The only "Gary" to get a walk-off hit for the Mets is Gary Carter, who had 5.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Great work, Mark, capturing the beauty of Gary in high drama (Norfolk North, beautiful) and great reporting to have him chime in on his favorites. I hope he knows how revered he is among Mets fans.

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