METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 29, 1976 GAME:
January 7, 2002
My first Mets game, and I left after nine innings. True, I was only eight years old, but why would I leave before it was over? Years later I found out why. It seems the Mets were up 2-1 in the top of the ninth and the Cardinals had a runner on third with one man out. The next batter hit a high fly ball deep down the left field line but clearly foul (probably near where that triangle-shaped area with flowers is today).
The Mets left fielder at that stage of the game was a man called Leon Brown.
"Now Leon, was in trouble, but he chased that old ball down, and he made the catch but the runner scored, all because of Leon Brown."
"Had he left that ball and turned aside, he might not have been a clown, but he caught it and let the tying run score, yes he did that Leon Brown."
"He was bad, bad, Leon Brown, baddest man in the whole damn town, badder than old Dave Kong, dumber than a junkyard dog."