METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 11, 1971 GAME:
July 4, 2004
I was at junior high baseball practice when my sister came rushing from the parking lot. My dad had gotten tickets to the Met game that night. Of course, I had to ask Coach Pranzo for permission to leave and he told me, "Yes, but remember the Mets don't come to see you play." I thought, "Duh" and ran inside to change.....Anyway, we went and Marshall hit a grand slam and I've got black & white photos of him rounding first base somewhere in my attic.
November 25, 2010
I was 12 and went to the game with my dad. It was the young Nolan Ryan in all his frustrating glory. I think the leadoff hitter got a hit for the Astros, then Ryan drilled Bob Watson on the wrist with a triple-digit fastball and Watson had to leave the game.
From that point on, the Astros didn't dig in at the plate as Ryan was electric and wild all night. He walked 7, but only gave up two more hits the rest of the way. On the car radio driving home we heard the newscasters talking about Ryan finally solving his chronic blister problems by soaking his fingers in pickle brine.
He wasn't the guy you'd expect to throw 7 no-hitters when he was with the Mets, but he was a lot of fun and never more so than this night.