METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 18, 1977 GAME:
May 27, 2002
This was my first game, I was seven. Mets had an early lead against Astros' pitcher Mark Lemongello, brother of singer, Peter Lemongello. Astros came back to win 4-3. I believe Ed Kranepool and John Milner hit home runs.
June 13, 2002
This was the first game I ever went to. I remember Ed Kranepool hitting a home run and the Mets blew a 3-0 lead. I was 8. How about those cool rainbow jerseys?
June 13, 2005
My church youth group was the guest of Mets owner Linda DeRoulet at this game. She gave us box seats at field level right next to the Mets dugout (basically, right next to her) for a game that was practically sold out. It was all under one condition: that we not ask her why she traded Tom Seaver.
The game itself wasn't all that memorable. We wasted home runs from John Milner (off the scoreboard) and Ed Kranepool. Also, John Stearns got doubled off second base on a line drive to the pitcher to end the game. He had managed to reach second base because he tagged up on a pop up to the catcher by the backstop. A very heads up play only to be followed by an elementary mistake. Such was their way back then.
After the game, Ms. DeRoulet took us through the dugout to her private exit (must be nice to have money) and I can distinctly remember seeing Bud Harrelson from two feet away slumped on the bench as if all the life had been sucked out of him. Then again, all the Mets looked like they had the lives sucked out of them.
I knew then that it was the beginning of a very, very dark era. *sigh*
October 14, 2006
Leaving the stadium, I remember my dad saying "It'll be a long time before I darken this doorstep again." And for him, it was. Also, it was the last big crowd at Shea for a long long time as the post-Seaver era unfortunately began.
My dad and mom were Brooklyn Dodger fans and will forever keep Walter O'Malley in a dark place in thier hears for moving dem Bums to LA. DeRoulet holds that place in my heart.
December 29, 2007
I had my 13th birthday party with 7 or 8 friends and my mom at this game. We drove up from New Haven, Ct. I remember more about leaving the game and the fans (including me) surly about the loss of Seaver. It was still a fun party. Question: Was it Bat (or some other promotion) Day?
BTW-I don't know what the Mets record was at this point for games I attended, but I know they lost the first 13 I went to.
July 7, 2012
We sat right behind home plate for this game - I was 8 and 1977 was the first year I started following baseball. I don't remember much about the game other than the mammoth home run Milner hit off the scoreboard in right-center. I don't think I've ever heard a louder crack of the bat in the over 100 games I've been to.
October 30, 2015
Wow it amazes me that I was 8 and this was definitely my first game as well. Seems like it was for a few. I vividly remember the banner "Grant has a fever 'cause we traded Seaver" Don't honestly remember much about the game but we had good seats.