METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 22, 1970 GAME:
June 23, 2004
In their first 1970 appearance at Shea following the wild and bitter 1969 pennant race, the Cubs jumped all over Jerry Koosman early and held on to beat the Mets, 6-4.
Kooz was on the ropes from the start as Don Kessinger led off with an infield hit and after an infield out Billy Williams reached on an Al Weis error. Ron Santo hit a sac fly to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead, and then Jim Hickman folowed with his sixth homer of the year to make it 3-0.
A Glenn Beckert single made it 4-0 in the second and the Mets got one back in the bottom of the second with the help of two Cubs errors. The Mets got two more back in the third off Ken Holtzman but they had those runs in plus the bases loaded and one out, but Jerry Grote and Al Weis couldn't get the tying run in.
The Cubs got two more in the fifth and then Donn Clendenon homered to make it 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth. But Jim Colborn came in to relieve Holtzman and held the Mets to just one hit over the last 4.1 innings, at one point retiring eleven in a row.
May 13, 2008
This was my first major league game; I was 8 years old. I remember sitting by third base in the loge level. I remember Hickman hitting a HR to put the Mets down 3-0. I remember my dad getting up to buy me and my cousin Barry Mets batting helmets (which I believe were either $.50 or $.75) and while dad was getting the helmets, the guy right in front of us caught a foul ball. Like the cliches go - I will never forget how green the grass was at Shea that night and how vivid and colorful everything was the moment we walked through the portals. I also remember the torrential downpour and that the puddles in the parking lot almost came up to my knees.