One of the reasons you should never turn a game off, even the frustrationfest that was Friday's loss to the Astros, is because of a game that took place in Houston 36 years ago. On September 2, 1972, the Mets staged their biggest rally ever, bigger even than the Piazza-completed Braves comeback with which we're quite familiar. The Mets were out of the postseason hunt by then, so thus starting Brent Strom in a September contest was not a big deal. Strom's day was done quickly. By the third inning, the Astros had a 4-0 lead. With staff ace Don Wilson shutting down the Mets without much issue, the Astros built on their advantage, and after scoring twice in the seventh, the lead had mushroomed to 8-0. It seemed fairly inconsequential when the first three batters reached in the visitors eighth, and there wasn't much thought of a comeback when Tommie Agee brought home one with a sacrifice fly. But then Ken Boswell's three-run home run ended Wilson's night and sliced
A blog devoted to cataloguing New York Mets walk-offs and other trivia. For those unaware of the definition of walk-off just replace the term with the words "game-ending" and you should have a much better understanding of the phrase.