METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 22, 1980 GAME:John
April 15, 2004
I'm actually a Phillies fan and I stumbled across this site through a link from a discussion board while talking about the Bo Diaz grand slam game from 1983. Since this game was one of the most memorable from my youth I decided to share, though considering it's coming from a Phils fan perspective I'm hoping it won't offend anyone.
I was 12 years old when I attended this game at the Vet with my dad. As luck would have it, we ended up sitting right in front of 2 Mets fans who had made the trip down for the game. The Mets exploded for 6 runs very early and by the 4th inning were ahead 8-3. I remember feeling about as low as possible about the game and in my ears was the constant chatter of the Mets fans behind us. "See, that's why the Phillies always choke. They have no pitching. They have a fat leftfielder. Their third baseman is overrated" and so on and so on.
When the Phils scored 4 in the fifth to tie the game at 8 they had basically quieted down other than the occasional derisive comment about the Mets bullpen. Keith Moreland put the Phils in front 10-8 with a pinch hit 2 run double in the 8th and later that same inning Mike Schmidt, the overrated third baseman, iced the game with a grand slam, his second homer of the game.
As that homer cleared the fence our Met fan friends were up and on their way to the tunnel and my dad and I only stopped screaming at the top of our lungs long enough to wish them a nice trip home. Times like that are what makes you love sports. Again, great site and thanks for letting me share my memory.
Now it's your turn! Tell us what you remember of this game: