METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2006 GAME:
September 28, 2006
The game was televised on FOX, Channel 5, and color commentator Lou Piniella was just mentioning that Nick Johnson finally went through a season without being injured.
Very shortly after that comment, watching that play unfold, the collision between 1B Nick Johnson and RF Austin Kearns, it reminded me of Joe Theisman getting hit by Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football back in the mid '80s. And how it reminded me of that football play was Washington National 2B Jose Vidro motioning to the bench to send medical help over -- just like LT did back then -- the only difference being that Vidro motioned for the help while the play was still ongoing and before he retrieved the ball, probably hearing the sound of the injury. I saw on the internet that Johnson had to chew on a towel to minimize the pain while waiting for medical assistance.
Good luck to Nick Johnson. I wouldn't wish that on anybody.
For future Mets trivia, David Wright hit the ball, and was credited for a triple on the play.
September 28, 2006
The game was supposed to be a night game but due to FOX, it started at 1:25pm under cool, cloudy skies. Before the game they had a parade of dogs around the field and then they went to their seats in the bleachers.
I also saw the first collision of players in person when National players Nick Johnson and Austin Kearns collided with Johnson winding up with a broken leg. (I thought he had suffered a concussion as he was on the ground for a long time as Shea grew very silent.) Even the P.A. system was silent in the 9th and didn't play "Enter Sandman" when Wagner came in and almost gave us some excitement when he didn't have a 1-2-3 inning in a non-save situlation.
john t greenpoint
October 5, 2006
Was at this game with my 4 month old shephard/chow chow mix Dodger! He and I and my girlfriend Krystal had a ball with him there. We got to walk all around the stadium and I was in awe to be on the field where my favorite sport team plays. Went totally bananas when David Wright hit a 3-run homer in the fifth to give the Mets the lead. Was jumping up and down in the bleachers holding Dodger in my arms. It was an AWESOME feeling. Left in the 7th inning and got home in time to see Nick Johnson laying on the outfield grass with a fractured leg. Have gone to 8 games this year and Mets have not lost yet! Wish I had PLAYOFF TICKETS!