Skip to main content

Our Special Bonds

If I had to pick a way for the Mets to win a game in this upcoming series against the Giants, it would, of course, be for them to get a walk-off win, but it would be even better if they were to do so when trailing entering their final at-bat.

I say that not just because this has been a relatively angst-free season thusfar, and I'm looking to stir the pot a bit, nor am I saying it because it's my father's favorite way for the Mets to win a game (see 1999 NLCS Game 5).

I say this because I noticed a trend when studying the Mets walk-off wins in which Barry Bonds has played. They've had an unusual penchant for snatching victory from would-be defeat.

I counted four instances of said scenario, in which a Bonds-led team went from victor to walk-off victim against the Mets.

June 7, 1987: Bonds went 1-for-5 in the opener of a doubleheader, one in which Andy Van Slyke's go-ahead home run in the 10th inning was wiped out by Lee Mazilli's 2-run win-clinching double in the bottom of the frame.

June 2, 1989: Bonds went 0-for-5 against the combination of Dwight Gooden, Randy Myers, and Rick Aguilera, leaving two runners stranded in an attempt to add on to a 2-1 Pirates lead in the 11th inning. That failure was magnified when Dave Magadan hit a two-run game-ending home run in the home 11th for the victory.

August 21, 1995: Bonds drove in one run and scored another in the eighth inning, as the Giants forced bonus baseball with a two-run rally. They would take the lead on, of all things, a balk in the visitors 11th inning. One out from triumph, Rod Beck would cough up the lead, allowing a game-tying RBI double to Joe Orsulak, followed by a walk-off RBI single by Jose Vizcaino.

September 1, 1996: On the day that the Mets inducted Mookie Wilson into their Hall of Fame, they pulled out a rather bizarre, improbable victory. Bonds was 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, a run scored, and an error on a Bobby Jones fly ball that led to a run, but that had nothing to do with the game's final outcome.

Giants catcher Rich Wilkins snapped a 4-4 10th-inning tie with a two-out, two-strike, RBI double off John Franco. After Franco escaped further damage, he was subsequently ejected from the contest for protesting a pitch on which he'd thought he had Wilkins whiffed.

Alas, there is sometimes justice in baseball, at least for those who thought that Franco was in the right with his argument. With one on and one out in the home 10th, Andy Tomberlin doubled to left. Pinch-runner Tim Bogar bowled over Wilkins to score the tying run, allowing Tomberlin to get to third base. That proved vital because after an intentional walk to Rey Ordonez, the Giants threw home on Carl Everett's ground ball to second base and Tomberlin scored the victorious run when Wilkins could not hold on to the throw.

True Metonds know...Barry Bonds has played for the opposing team in 11 Mets walk-off wins.


Anonymous said…
Wow, I was at the last three of those wins. Never made the Bonds connection.

But that's what we have Mets Walkoffs for.

Popular posts from this blog

The best Mets ejections I know

When you think of the Mets and famous ejections, I'm guessing you first think of the famous Bobby Valentine mustache game, when after Valentine got tossed, he returned to the dugout in disguise. You know it. You love it. I remember being amused when I asked Bobby V about it while we were working on Baseball Tonight, how he simply said "It worked. We won the game." (true) But the Bobby V mustache game of June 9, 1999 is one of many, many memorable Mets ejection stories. And now thanks to Retrosheet and the magic of , we have a convenient means for being able to share them. Ever since Retrosheet's David Smith recently announced that the Retrosheet ejection database was posted online , I've been a kid in a candy store. I've organized the data and done some lookups of media coverage around the games that interested me post. Those newspaper accounts fill in a lot of blanks. Without further ado (and with more work to do), here are some of my findings

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 wh

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 their bu