Skip to main content

The Closest I Can Come to Game 1 Minutiae

Nomar Garciaparra striking out on a pitch in the dirt? Been there, seen that...

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2006/01/julio-cruise.html

Wilson Betemit tagging Billy Wagner for a late hit. Something with which I'm familiar...

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2006/05/fridays-leftovers.html

A Met getting 4 hits in a postseason game? Named 2 on the subway ride home (Kevin McReynolds and Rusty Staub), and found out the other during a quick media guide search during a stopover in Manhattan before heading home (Len Dykstra)

Cliff Floyd hitting a key home run...Enjoyed that in person about a year ago.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/06/cliff-notes.html

Carlos Delgado hitting a key home run? As Terry Cashman said, I saw it on the radio.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2006/05/walk-off-trivial-pursuit.html

A double-tagout at home plate? Well, that's the one that renders me virtually noteless, other than to reference that Yankees-White Sox, Carlton Fisk play from 20-odd years ago. The hour (1am) is late and I must get a good night's sleep to be fresh for work on Thursday. Perhaps I'll sneak in a little something else before Game 2, if I have the chance.

For now, I'll leave you a quote that I proffered on the train on the way to the ballpark and repeated again to those seated beside me inside the stadium. With apologies to 1986, I shall paraphrase to convey the proper meaning.

"If they win it all this year, it will happen in a way that will go beyond anything they've ever done before...and as we know, what's past is going to be awfully hard to top."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mets Top 100 Home Runs: From No. 76 (Alex Ochoa) to No. 80 (Dom Smith)

In 2009, I did a project for my website, Mets Walk-Offs and Other Minutiae, celebrating the best home runs in Mets history. I selected the top 60 regular season home runs and the top 15 postseason home runs. The reason I picked 60 was because it represented the top 1% of home runs in Mets history (and 15 just felt right for postseason, giving us 75 overall).
This was fun to do, but it was imperfect. I had one egregious omission. I tended to favor oddities.
It’s time to give that project an update. And why not do it as a top 100?
The Mets have hit 7,671 regular season home runs. The top 80 represent about the top 1%. And the top 20 postseason home runs get us to an even 100 to celebrate.
Come along for the ride. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the reminiscing. 
Hopefully you’ll find it Amazin’.
80. Dominic Smith’s season-ending walk-off 
(Sept. 29, 2019 vs Braves) True story: I pulled into a parking spot right in front of my apartment as Dominic Smith came to bat. Rather than stay and listen to the ra…

Mets Top 100 Home Runs: From No. 16 (Carl Everett & Bernard Gilkey) to No. 20 (Tommie Agee)

In 2009, I did a project for my website, Mets Walk-Offs and Other Minutiae, celebrating the best home runs in Mets history. I selected the top 60 regular season home runs and the top 15 postseason home runs. The reason I picked 60 was because it represented the top 1% of home runs in Mets history (and 15 just felt right for postseason).
This was fun to do, but it was imperfect. I had one egregious omission. I tended to favor oddities.
It’s time to give that project an update. And why not do it as a top 100?
The Mets have hit 7,671 regular season home runs. The top 80 represent about the top 1%. And the top 20 postseason home runs get us to an even 100 to celebrate.
Come along for the ride. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the reminiscing. Hopefully you’ll find it Amazin’. 


The rest of the list can be found here.


20. Tommie Agee reaches new heights 
(April 10, 1969 vs Expos) Tommie Agee set the tone for a new beginning in the first week of the 1969 season. Agee had a dreadful 1968 that began in spring t…

Cliff Notes

Alright, so it's 2 days later and the challenge for me now, after reading through about a dozen game stories and listening to talk radio, is to provide a fresh perspective on walk-off #324. If you're going to be a serious reader of this blog, you know what happened already, so let's look at what made this particular walk-off stand out.

It would seem that the place to start is with the idea that everything broke just right on both sides of the ball. Particularly, I'm talking about Carlos Beltran's catch in the 7th inning, where he went over the center field fence to rob Jose Molina of a home run. Every no-hitter seems to have one defensive gem that makes it possible and perhaps that's true of great walk-off moments as well (We'll be looking into that!)

Marlon Anderson's home run required a remarkable combination of events. It was only the sixth inside-the-park home run at Shea Stadium by a Met and the first since Darryl Strawberry in 1989. It required that…