METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 8, 1997 GAME:
June 19, 2003
This game is a more significant memory than many other games I have been to. I went to this game with my dad, cousin Dan, and my friend Tim. It was the summer before my freshmen year of high school. On the way there, my dad turned on the radio to WFAN and whoever was talking was talking badly about a trade. My dad was like, "uh-oh" and the guy announced that they had traded Lance Johnson, Mark Clark, and Manny Alexander for Brian McRae, Mel "Smell" Rojas, and Turk Wendell. Whoever was talking said something about hoping he gave enough time to "spit out your drink" in shock or something of the sort. How could then new GM Steve Phillips do this when they had been playing good baseball the way they were assembled?
The game was awesome. I remember in the first inning, James Mouton was up for the Astros and was batting like below .200 and my cousin made a comment about how he sucks and then BANG! He hit the ball out for a home run. My cousin should learn to keep his mouth shut, LOL! The next half of the inning, Brian McRae (he arrived that day) got on base leading off with a single and got picked off. These fans started yelling, "We want Lance!"
But the Mets went on to win 6-1 behind a good starting effort from Brian Bohanon and some good offense knocking Shane Reynolds out in the fourth inning. He was a Met killer back then. Brian McRae did go 3 for 4, but did not do much the rest of that season (he only had like a couple good months in 1998 when he had some big hits). I had a lot of fun this night excluding the news of that trade. Lance Johnson was one of my favorites.