Skip to main content

Walk This Way

If you came straight to this post, please check out my other post today at

There was some major weirdness in that Friday night game, in which the Mets drew 3 CONSECUTIVE bases-loaded walks, producing their only runs of the night.

Three bases-loaded walks, while unusual, is not unheard of in Mets history. I'm guessing more than a few readers will recall the 10-run eighth inning against the Braves on June 30, 2000, capped by Mike Piazza's go-ahead home run. What you may have forgotten in the rally from that 8-1 deficit is that the reason the Mets got close in that game is because they drew 3 consecutive bases-loaded walks (Mark Johnson, Melvin Mora, and Derek Bell).

However, I'm guessing most readers here will not recall another such occurrence, the one from June 29 , 1962.

You could argue that this game, between the Mets and the Dodgers, was one that had major implications on the pennant race, since the Dodgers finished the season even with the Giants, before falling in a 3-game playoff.

This was a case of men against boys, though not that which you would think would occur when a 20-51 team plays at a 50-28 squad. No, this was a case in which the crusty, aging Mets, beat up on 19-year-old starter Joe Moeller, striking fear into his delivery with their mere presence.

The top of the first inning, I kid you not, went like this:

Walk (Bases-loaded walk #1)
Walk (Bases-loaded walk #2)
Walk (Bases-loaded walk #3)
Walk (Bases-loaded walk #4, albeit not consecutive with the others)
2-run single

In all, six runs, one hit, and seven walks, the last three of which came from Dodgers ace reliever Ron Perranoski, who was as equally allergic to the strike zone as Moeller was.

By the time the game was concluded, the Mets had a 10-4 victory, despite managing only four hits. They ended up with 16 walks! That is a club record that has stood for 46 years.'s PI function goes back to 1956 and has no other 9-inning game in which the visiting team drew 16 or more walks. And there is only one other game (1996, Tigers vs Mariners) in which a team scored 10 runs with AS FEW AS four hits.

The 1962 club was actually a very patient bunch. They also had a 15-walk game (won on a walk-off walk, of course), three 12-walk games, an 11-walk game, and a 10-walk game. It's no surprise that they led the National League in walks. It's just too bad that they couldn't do anything else. Let's hope we don't wind up saying something like that about the current team, one that I'm starting to feel a little better about after the weekend's developments.

Those Who Truly Walk The Mets Way Know... That the next Mets team to lead the NL in walks was the 1986 Mets. The only other Mets squad to lead the NL in walks did so in 1992.


Anonymous said…
i was at the game June 30, 2000 and the game last friday night where there were 3 stratight bases loaded, weird.... b/c its just not a common thing
Anonymous said…
I was at both games as well, and I have probably only been to about 10 mets games.

Popular posts from this blog

Minutiae Break: Worst Mets Relievers

It occurs to me after 79 straight walk-off related posts and some fatigue still remaining from Saturday's finish that I did promise to bring Metspective on other issues related to the Flushing 9, so I offer this posting up as a "Minutiae Break." This came about after several discussions related to the offhand Dick Tidrow/Danny Graves remark the other day , the conclusion of which indicated that it would be fun to create a list of the worst Mets relievers of all-time. I don't want to step on the territory of other bloggers, like " Faith and Fear in Flushing ," Mets Guy in Michigan " and " Metstradamus ," so I'll tread carefully here, aided by their influence. Should any friends, family members, or fans of these pitchers visit this site, I mean no harm. I'm just here to have a little fun with this topic. The ground rules are as follows: The pitcher must have had a Mets stint as long as Dick Tidrow's (11 games, 15 2/3 innings), for

The 'Duca of Earl (and walk-offs)

If I told you that the Mets had just obtained a guy who is a career .316 hitter with runners in scoring position? How about if I told you that the Mets just traded for a hitter who has consistently ranked among the toughest in baseball to strike out? Or if I mentioned that the Mets just dealt for a player who was selected to the NL All-Star team the last three seasons, with the last honor coming via a vote by his peers? So, although he's on the down side age wise, his throwing arm isn't as good as it used to be, and he doesn't provide much power, there are a lot of good things that Paul Lo Duca brings to the New York Mets. For example: He'll sacrifice his body for the good of the team The Dodgers and Braves squared off on August 23, 2002 and Lo Duca made an impact both on the start and finish of this game. Three pitches after being dusted by Greg Maddux, Lo Duca made him pay with a first-inning home run. The Braves rallied to tie the game, 3-3 in the ninth, but thei

Walk-Offs in Movies, TV, and Other Places

Note: I'm leaving this post up through the end of the week, a) because I don't have time to pump out something new and b)because I was hoping to build a really good list of entertainment industry if you're looking for something new, check back on Monday or so... Of course, if there's a major trade or move, I'll adjust and try to post something... In the meantime, click on the "Table of Contents" link as well. It has been updated. SPOILER ALERT: Read at your own risk Caught the ending of "A League of Their Own" on one of the movie channels the other day and it got me to thinking that it would be fun to compile a list of walk-offs from movies, television, and other forms of entertainment. Here's the start, and only the start, as I spent about 30 minutes or so thinking it over Help me fill in the blanks by filling out the comments section. "A League of Their Own"-- Racine beats Rockford for the All-American Girls