METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 16, 1968 GAME:glenn grinter
December 6, 2006
On the Bob Costas Coast-to-Coast radio show back in '92, Tom recalled how this game was his biggest regret. With an 0-2 count to Jimmy Wynn, 2 outs, nobody on in the top of the 9th, one out away from a 1-0 complete game shutout, Tom threw a slider over the plate that was hit for a home run into the parking lot. Tom recalled that he can still see the ball leaving the park in his mind to this day.
January 30, 2008
This game was one of those classic bitter losses the Mets seemed to specialize in in the 60's. A surprise HR by J.C. Martin broke up a scoreless duel then Jimmy Wynn hit that 2-out HR to tie the game. Somewhere in this game there was a rain delay and the game dragged on late into the night.
In the bottom of the 11th the Mets loaded the bases with one out. Phil Linz came up and went down looking and the crowd groaned and continued groaning when Don Bosch came up to PH. Bosch showed incredible gymnastic skill in avoiding being hit by a pitch to the total dismay of the crowd. Bosch then feebly swung at the next pitch to end the threat. I think Hodges was extremely upset with Bosch not taking one for the team because he was sent down a day later. The Astros won the next inning and I remember getting home about 2.00am and having to go to work at Jones Beach at 7.00am only to be sent home at 10.00am because it was a slow day.
May 13, 2008
I loved the previous posts. I remember Seaver discussing this game on Kiner's Korner the next time he was on the show. He said he lost two nights sleep over that pitch to Jimmy Wynn. At the time I remember thinking that Seaver really did care about games like this. It wasn't enough that he pitched well and didn't win because he didn't get any runs to work with but he saw this game as one he should have won and he and he alone was responsible for the outcome. It was after this interview that I began to understand why this guy was as great as he was.
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