Skip to main content

Moon Shots

For today's other anniversary-related entry, click here

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2008/07/shades-of-grey.html

July 29 also marks the 50th anniversary of NASA, which is pertinent to me because I know I have a regular reader logging on from that organization.

My knowledge of astronomy is limited to a few visits to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, and a failed attempt many years ago to spot Halley's Comet. But as the subject relates to the Mets, I have a little more knowledge.

One of the Mets more entertaining wins in 1969 came on July 20, the day that man landed on the moon for the first time.

The Mets were in the midst of a little bit of a letdown, having just beaten the first-place Cubs two of three, but couldn't take advantage of the expansion Expos. Montreal beat them in the first two games of that series, including the opener of a doubleheader. To avoid a sweep, the Mets needed to win the second contest.

While the folks at NASA were in the midst of their final preparations, the Mets were in the midst of a rather entertaining game. They carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but former Met Kevin Collins tied the score with an RBI double. They'd go ahead again in the ninth without even posting a hit, as Cleon Jones walked in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded. Potential victory was negated however by a home run from Coco Laboy leading off the bottom of the ninth.

It wasn't a moon shot that beat the Expos that day, but instead rather smart play. With two outs, Ron Swoboda doubled, and advanced to third base on an error on the play by centerfielder Adolfo Phillips. Bobby Pfeil then dropped a squeeze bunt down the third base line, good enough to beat out for a hit and chase Swoboda home with the go-ahead run. The Mets would set the side down in the home 10th to pick up the victory.

This seems like a good time to mention that I interviewed Bobby Pfeil for a book coming out next year about the 1969 Mets. He remembered this game, and while I won't tell you what he said (buy the book!), it was something to the effect that he was feeling rather spaced out afterwards. Hopefully my NASA reader will pardon that rather dreadful pun and send me a note (metswalkoffs@aol.com) sharing his/her story of Mets fandom.

True Metstronomers know...Wally Moon hit four of his 142 career home runs against the Mets, but none were walk-offs. All four came in New York. Bill 'Spaceman' Lee went 4-3 in 14 career appearances against the Mets, but did not pitch in any Mets walk-off wins.

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…