METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE OCTOBER 4, 2006 GAME:
October 6, 2006
Hopefully today's game is a sign of things to come for this post season. Good enough starting pitching, solid pen and big bats. I did not understand Willie letting Mota bat with the bases drunk in the 7th but we ended up winning so who am I to complain.
It is going to be tough to do this without Pedro and El Duque, however, like every other Mets fan I am hoping 50 years down the line people are going to be talking about the 2006 New York Mets who gutted their way through the playoffs and won a World Series title despite not having anything that resembled a solid starting rotation. Hell, let's win it dancing on the Yankee Stadium infield.
john t greenpoint
October 6, 2006
So far so good! Unbelievable game. Two Dodgers thrown out at the plate on one play in the 2nd inning, then 2 bombs by Delgado and Floyd. Decent starting pitching. Excellent bullpen work from 5 different relievers. Add it all together and you have a very exciting 6-5 Mets win in game 1. Just loved Carlos Delgado's reaction at first base after he put the Mets ahead again to stay! Seems like he is trying to knock someone out with his fist pump!
October 6, 2006
A great victory for the Mets. With everyone reeling from finding out that El Duque wasn't pitching in the Division Series, and might join Pedro in not playing at all in the playoffs, there was a lot of anxiety brewing in New York that day. But we were all able to forget about all that for a few hours. John Maine pitched a solid 4.1 innings, and an incredible play at the plate saved two runs. For some reason that I still don't understand, the Dodgers third base coach decided to send Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew around third, even though the throw was coming in from Shawn Green to Jose Valentin. Valentin threw it down to Lo Duca, who tagged Kent, looked over at the umpire, suddenly realized Drew was coming, and he tagged him too. Possibly one of the craziest moments in Mets history. Delgado had a great game, driving in a few runs and hitting a bomb, and Floyd hit a bomb that we all knew right off the bat was gone. Nomar tied it up, but Delgado got the lead right back, and Wagner made it interesting, as he always does, but we came out with the victory and that's all that matters. 1 down, 10 to go.
February 4, 2007
An exciting game that Willie tried everything in his power to give away. Maine was pitching well-- so take him out. Mota and Wagner had nothing, but Willie sticks with them.
This game is a perfect example why scoring rules have to change. Mota gets the win for giving up 3 runs and blowing the lead. Wagner gets a save for being ineffective.
April 9, 2007
This was the first playoff game that I remember because 1999 and 2000 were when I was too young to remember so I was waiting for this day to come for a while. Unfortunately for me I had a cross country race that day and was forced to listen to the game on the radio before the race. When the race started the Mets were down 1-0 and I ran my fastest race of the season to get the score from my dad. I found out that the Mets had gone ahead after 2 home runs and I was just thinking about how loud it must be. the Dodgers tied the game on my way home but I got home just in time to see the Mets take the lead and win the game.
August 14, 2007
I remember most fans and media giving the Mets little chance without Pedro and El Duque. Obviously they weren't paying attention as Maine was one of our best pitchers all year and pitched in big games for us going into the playoffs. Willie almost gave this game away with this horrid pitching decisions. In the end he did end up costing us by leaving Heilman in too long in game 7 of the NLCS.
March 26, 2009
My dad and I were sitting in Upper Deck section 12 with a clear view of the unusual play of two players being thrown out at home. I think we were surprised as much as Paul LoDuca when he turned around and saw the second runner. My first playoff game ever and a play that true Met fans like me will never forget.