METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 23, 1988 GAME:Matthew Orel
January 10, 2002
One of the last games I ever attended at Shea. The Mets were good, and were up against the awful Atlanta Braves, who were throwing out somebody who was making his MLB debut.
Thing is, this somebody was GOOD. Very good. His name was John Smoltz, and he totally shut down the Mets. One run on 4 hits, and the Braves won 6-1. Many fans around me had no idea what they were watching. One yahoo kept shouting, "this guy's got NOTHING!!! Why can't we hit him?" Too bad he didn't appreciate what he saw.
August 5, 2009
Was at this game sitting in Field Box on 1B side as it was Old Timers day and Tom Seaver weekend. Saw all the retired players play a pick up game against each other as everyone was excited of Seaver getting his #41 retired the next day.
We all knew Seaver was on his way to Cooperstown but little did anyone know this day we would see the debut of someone else now headed to Cooperstown-John Smoltz. Before this game me and no one else I knew ever heard of Smoltz. Well we all knew him by the end of the game. Just shut the Mets down completely and struck out Strawberry for his 1st of 3000+ career strikeouts. This was a statement from Smoltz that he has arrived on the MLB level in a big way and will be known and he now is and will now be joining Seaver in Cooperstown someday. This certainly was the beginning of the big turnaround for the Braves as they were the joke of the NL for many years at the time. I can say I saw some history on this day.
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