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Trip(le) Through Time

In their illustrious history, the Mets have had one 'Triple Crown Winner,' so to speak and I'm not talking about the typical meaning of the term. I've gotten some queries recently as to whether a walk-off triple is even possible and I'm here to tell you that it is. There has been one, and only one, in Mets history, though I don't have the full explanation of circumstances that I would like. It took place against the Phillies on September 10, 1970. This was a marathon game that would have fit in perfectly with those having taken place so far this season and allowed the Mets to maintain a temporary hold on first place in an NL East race oft forgotten in team history. It went 14 innings, with a tinge of controversy in a negated Ken Boswell home run, a thrilling play by Bud Harrelson, who stole home in the third inning, and some stellar relief pitching, in the form of five scoreless innings from Danny Frisella, aided by Tim McCarver getting thrown out in a rundow

Shea-ing in pain

I've done the Shea Stadium trip on the verge of chicken pox, so to make the trek to Flushing on Wednesday night given my current malady (let's just say day-to-day with an "undisclosed non-life threatening injury" and the possibility of a DL stint for now) was a little more difficult than usual, but the view from Loge 2 Row H Seat 2 wasn't so bad by game's end (despite the many fans walking the aisles who got in the way...my dad had Seat 1, a much better alternative). I'm going to be brief in summarizing walk-off #338 as the hour is late and my injury is bothersome enough that I'll be finishing the AB (ala Carlos Beltran) but may be in need of a little rest. * The 8th walk-off win of the season capped the most eventful walk-off month in team history (Was it the Most Metmorable Regular-Season Month in Team History???). The Mets had 7 walk-off wins in May, winning on both the first and last day in walk-off fashion. * To answer a query from the comments

Save the Last Dance

In the interest of preventing guilt feelings, apparently I'm not the only Mets blogger to title his post in this way. See Metstradamus for another such perspective. So we substitute die-hard Mets fan Julia Stiles (it says so in her IMDB.com bio) and her eephus-ball first-pitch for another Hollywood actress, Alyssa Milano and we get another walk-off win. Here's hoping Julia stuck around through the rain drops as my sister did to witness walk-off win #337. * It was the 4th walk-off RBI for David Wright this season (2 singles, a double and a sac fly). He's one shy of the Mets record of 5, set by George Foster in 1983 (CORRECTED VIA METS TELECAST ON 5/30). We can call him Mr. Walk-Off (or perhaps NY Post writer, Phil Mushnick, not a fan of the term, would prefer "Mr. Game-Ender). We can also call Paul Lo Duca "Mr. Memorial Day" as he's 13-for-18 for his career on that holiday. * Wright is now halfway to Kevin McReynolds Mets record of 8 career walk-off &