METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 15, 1983 GAME:
October 15, 2004
This was the night I knew the Mets were going to become something special in the very near future. And it had nothing to do with the game itself.
Before the game the message board flashed the news that the Mets had traded Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey to St. Louis for Keith Hernandez.
This was the type of elite position player other teams seemed to have, but never the Mets.
July 11, 2005
One of my top-10 favorite games ever at Shea. And of course it wasn't because of what happened on the field. This was the night a franchise was transformed.
It happened before the game. My dad and I were there, at a three-quarter empty Shea, when a regular we knew, sitting near us told us about a wild rumor he heard - that the Mets were about to land Keith Hernandez from the Cardinals. No way, we both thought. Why would the Cardinals do that?
My dad gave me some change and told me to run out to the pay phone and call Sportsphone (900) 976- 1313 (Remember the jingle on the TV commercials? And current SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy doing those updates?) Anyway, I made the call, found out the news and by the time I was running up the ramp to our loge box seats, I could hear the cheering. Then I saw the message on Diamond Vision: "The Mets have just acquired star 1B Keith Hernandez from the Cardinals for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey." And then hearing Bob Murphy on the radio that night after the game: "The Mets lost a game tonight, but have gained a superstar."