What you witnessed on Saturday was a baseball rarity, in a number of regards. It wasn't just that Paul Maholm, who entered with 1 career extra-base hit in 227 plate appearances, homered against the Mets in the Mets ballpark. It was that Maholm homered in the Mets ballpark, and the Mets WON THE GAME. I put that in all caps because it's very unusual. I mentioned this briefly last year when Felix Hernandez hit a grand slam against the Mets and it bears another reference now. There have been now 43 games in which the opposing pitcher has homered in the Mets ballpark. The Mets record in those 43 games is now 3-40! What's funny is that I've been to 2 of those 3 games. What's even funnier is that the last occurrence also took place the Saturday before Mother's Day, May 11, 2002. It was a game in which Todd Zeile hit cleanup for the visitors and Benny Agbayani hit sixth, but the batsman who made the most noise was Mike Hampton, who homered against Al Leiter, to put the
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.