Friday, January 8, 2010
After some thinking (not much - but some) here is my list
5. Al Leiter pitching a 2-hit complete game shutout to earn the win in the Mets 5-0 victory in a winner-take-all one game playoff in Cinergy Field in Cincinnati . The win put the Mets in the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons.
4. Mike H
1. Endy Chavez - The Catch. If you dont know what this is, clearly youre in the wrong place.(The one thing i remember about that sequence was Willie Randolph walking to the mound before Ollie pitches to Rolen and first looking at LoDuca and asking how Perez is doing and LoDuca kind of gives this look like - "I dont know - ask him" so Willie turns to Ollie and Ollie says "Good" and Willie walks away and the crowd goes nuts. I have watched the highlight of the catch way too many times since then, but only once have i seen that exchange before the pitch was thrown.) Watching that catch, it was obvious to all that the Mets would win the game. Imagine David Tyrees catch and the Giants losing to the Pats. It cant be - right?
Two more notes about this list - One of my favorite Mets scenes was after the Mets clinched the NL east in 2006 seeing Wright and Reyes on the field soaked in champaign and smoking cigars. What a moment - two young stars basking in the glory of what they had just accomplished and thinking about how many times that would happen in the future. However this didnt happen during a games so i left it out. The most striking thing to me about this list is that it doesnt include Mike Piazza at all. Weird. I know people put the post 9/11 HR in there but to tell you the truth i never thought that was a great Mets moment. It was great for baseball and great for the city but it didnt really do a whole lot for the team and I barely remember it happening.
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