METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 24, 1988 GAME:
Jeff In Florida|
May 28, 2003
This was Tom Seaver Day at Shea. It was also the major league debut of John Smoltz.
June 5, 2003
Smoltz actually made his debut the day before, July 23, and (as so many rookies have done over the years) pitched a masterpiece against the Mets!
This day was certainly very special. I still have it on video and I remember Seaver in his suit and tie, making his speech and then jogging to the mound and bowing to all corners of the crowd at Shea. It brought tears to my eyes. I was 15 when the Mets won in 1969 and Seaver and Joe Namath were--and still are--my all time sports heroes!
January 15, 2006
I was at this game and it was the only time I ever saw a player get his number retired in person. The weather was not the greatest (cloudy with a hint of rain) but the ceremony was picture perfect and I remember at the time there was a big stink that the ceremony and the game was NOT on Channel 9 but on Sportschannel and that NOT everybody would be able to see it. Two great home run hitters belted round-trippers that day (Straw and Dale Murphy). The Mets lost that day, 4-2.
June 24, 2006
I got tickets for this game before the season began because it was the day the Mets retired Seaver's number.
It was by far the worst seats I ever had for a Met game and practically the worst seat you can possibly have:
Upper Deck Section 47, second to last row on the far aisle.
Basically, there were about two people in the ballpark who had worse seats for that game.
Plus the Mets lost 4-2.