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A Jolbert to the Solar Plexus

When I was at the Hall of Fame a few months back, I got taken by surprise by one piece of memorabilia in Cooperstown's collection.

A shattered shard from Jolbert Cabrera's bat was donated as a remnant from the greatest walk-off comeback win ever, the 15-14 Indians win over the Mariners on August 5, 2001.

Cabrera, the newest Met, had the game-winning hit in the rally from a 14-2 seventh-inning deficit, an 11th-inning single against Jose Paniagua.

Should Cabrera play for the Met, he'd join this roster of former/future Mets, who were a part of history.

John Olerud, who was 2 for 3 with an RBI, before being pinch-hit for with his Mariners team up 12-2 in the fifth inning.

Mike Cameron, who played the entire game for Seattle in center, and went 3-for-6 with 3 RBI.

Mariners starter Aaron Sele, who was charged with 5 runs in 6 2/3 innings, and who can blame this game for his failure to reach 150 victories (he's at 148).

Roberto Alomar, who went 0-for-2 as the Indians starting second baseman, before being pulled and replaced by Cabrera in the top of the sixth inning.

Mike Bacsik, then an Indians reliever and soon to be the man who gave up Barry Bonds 756th career home run. His seven-run six-inning relief stint was somewhat resemblant of his stint with the Mets.

and Rich Rodriguez, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Indians with his team down 14-9 at the time.

The winning pitcher in this game also has a connection to the Flushing area, but we prefer not to talk about it.

His name: John Rocker.

True Metberts know...Jolbert Cabrera's other two walk-off RBI were a walk-off walk against the White Sox in 2004 and a walk-off single against the Cubs in 2008.

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