METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 29, 1989 GAME:
May 19, 2003
The Mets swept this doubleheader, but another disappointing season was coming to a close.
The defending Eastern Division Champions were poised to finish the 1980's with another championship, but the team never rose to the occasion. After the Mets fell out of first place right before Memorial Day, they never were able to get back to the top of the division. All summer long, the Mets, Cards, Expos, and Cubs were jockeying for position. The Mets looked like they were fading when they lost seven straight in late July, but they came back to within a game and a half of the Cubs by August 24th. But from that point on this group that should have had a lot more to show than one World Series ring and one Division half-pennant could only manage to split their final 36 games while the Cubs finished 22-13 in their last 35.
Anyway, enough editorial commenting: the second game of this doubleheader was a great performance by David Cone, who pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out ten. Howard Johnson hit a 3-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 4-0 lead in a game they eventually won, 7-0. The last two runs scored on a bases-loaded single by Tom O'Malley. The Mets did not allow an earned run in either game of this doubleheader and the bullpen got the whole night off.