METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 20, 1999 GAME:
July 7, 2005
The Mets' heroics in this game--Ventura's first of two Grand Slams in the DH off Jim Abbott in the 1st, and Benny Agbayani's 4 hits and 2 HRs, were long forgotten as this game came to a harrowing ending. And what an ending it was.
The Mets had, at one point, led 11-6, in what had been a real seesaw of a game. The Brewers trimmed it to 11-9 with Franco on, 2 outs, Grissom on 2nd and Ochoa on 1st. Sean Berry was up.
Berry hit a lazy popup to shallow right. The runners were motoring around as Alfonzo ranged back and looked in position to make an easy catch to end the game.
Except that Fonzie dropped it. Grissom scored and Ochoa continued to steam around the bases with the tying run.
Fortunately, Roger Cedeno (when he was awake) was alert enough to pick up the ball and fire it home, well in time to nail a surprised Ochoa, who didn't bother to slide, to save Fonzie and the game altogether.
The second game did not quite hold that same drama.