Nov 26, 2015

Remembering Mets History: 1969 World Series Game #3: Tommie Agee Saves The Day

Tuesday October 14th 1969- World Series Game #3- Shea Stadium, New York:

For the very first time in it's history, Shea Stadium hosted a World Series game. 56,335 Mets fans filed into Shea Stadium to see the Amazing Mets (100-62) go against the Baltimore Orioles (109-53). The series was tied at one game each, after the split in Baltimore.

Manager Gil Hodges sent his rookie  pitcher; Gary Gentry (13-12 / 3.43 ERA / 154 Ks) to the mound against O's Manager Earle Weaver's future Hall of Famer; Jim Palmer (16-4 / 2.34 / 123 Ks).

But this day would belong to Mets center fielder; Tommy Agee. Agee put on one of the best defensive displays in World Series history & a key hit as well. 

 Starting Lineups

In the bottom of the 1st, he gave the Shea crowd somethingto cheer about right away, Agee led off putting the Mets on the board with a HR off Palmer making it 1-0.

With two outs in the bottom of the 2nd, Jerry Grote walked and Bud Harrelson followed with a single. Pitcher; Gary Gentry came up and  surprised everyone with a double down the left field line scoring both runners, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. Gentry ad only six hits (one double) & one RBI all season in 84 at bats.

In the 4th inning, Gentry struck out Paul Blair looking. Then Frank Robinson & Boog Powell both reached with base hits. Gentry struck out Brooks Robinson & Elrod Hendricks came to bat.

Hendricks ripped Gentry's pitch to the left center field gap. Tommy Agee ran a long way, stuck out his glove & made a spectacular catch grabbing the ball backhanded in the glove's webbing for the third out. The Shea crowd went wild, standing & cheering in amazement.

In the home 6th, Ken Boswell singled and scored on Jerry Grote's double giving the Mets a 4-0 lead. Gary Gentry rolled along into the 7th inning. He retired the first two batters, then walked Mark Belanger, Dave May & Don Buford. Manager Gil Hodges came out 7 took the ball from Gentry, bringing in young fire ball throwing; Nolan Ryan.

Ryan served up a fastball to Paul Blair that he ripped to the right center field gap. Once again Agee got on his horse and made a sliding diving grab, saving at least two of the runs from scoring.

The threat, the inning and the game were essentially over.

The Shea crowd cheered once again, everyone was in America was witnessing the Amazing Mets. Tommy Agee secured his place in Mets history & in the hearts of Mets fans forever.

The crowd of 56,335 gave Agee a standing ovation when he led off the bottom of the 7th inning & he drew a walk. Ryan breezed through the 8th inning, striking out Boog Powell & Brooks Robinson. In the bottom of the 8th, Ed Kranepool added a solo HR of his own making it 5-0 Mets.

In the 9th, Ryan got the first two outs then walked Mark Belanger. Pinch hitter; Clay Dalrymple then singled & Ryan walked Don Buford. Ryan then struck out Paul Blair looking to end the game. New York took a two games to one lead & got closer to the Miracle. 

Gary Gentry went 6.2 innings allowing three hits, with four strike outs, but walked five. Nolan Ryan pitched 2.1 innings, he struck out three batters, allowed one hit & walked two, earning the save.

Trivia: It was the only time Nolan Ryan ever pitched in a World Series in his 23 year career.

Remembering Mets History: 1969 World Series Game #2: Koosman Takes No Hitter To The 7th Inning

Sunday October 12, 1969 World Series Game #2- Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland: After all the hype & opening excitement of the World Series wore off, the Mets found themselves down one game to nothing to the Baltimore Orioles.

The O's felt they were right where they were suppose to be. Baltimore & rest of the world believed that the Mets may have been finsihed.

But solid play, key hits and the best pitching staff in baseball were the reasons the Mets got to the World Series. On this day in Baltimore, on national TV in front of all of America, it showed.

Pre Game Mets Starting Line Up Introductions

Starting Lineups

Mets Lefthander Jerry Koosman (17-9 / 2.28 ERA / 180 Ks) took the mound against Dave McNally (20-7 / 3.22 ERA / 166 K's). But this was Koosmans day as he shined in the national spotlight, taking a no hitter into the 7th inning.

Koosman surrendered his first hit in the 7th inning, as outfielder Paul Blair singled, breaking up the no hit bid. Blair stole second and scored on Brooks Robinson's base hit. They were the only two hits Koos gave up, he would strike out four, walk three as he pitched into the 9th inning.

With two outs in the 9th, Koos walked Frank Robinson & pinch hitter Merv Rettmund. Mets Manager Gil Hodges, went to the mound & took the ball from Koosman. He went to his reliever; Ron Taylor to get the last out.

Koosman even got an ovation from the Baltimore fans as he exited. Ron Taylor got Brooks Robinson to ground out. The Mets had won their first World Series game in their history and were coming to New York tied at one game each.

For Baltimore, McNally pitched himself a good game as well, nine innings, two runs, six hits, three walks & seven strike outs.

The Mets did the scoring  first, in the top of the 4th, as World Series MVP; Donn Clendenon led off the inning with a HR. It was his first of three HRs in the World Series.

In the Mets 9th, with the score tied, "the Glider" Ed Charles & Jerry Grote both singled. Then another unlikely World Series hero; Al Weis, singled to left field off McNally, bringing in "The Glider" the second run. It was the game winner as New York won 2-1.

"the Glider" Ed Charles Slides Into Second Base

Nov 25, 2015

Remembering Mets History: 1969 NLCS Game #3: Mets Win The Pennant In A Sweep of The Braves

Monday October 6th 1969, NLCS GAME #3- Shea Stadium, New York: There is no doubt that this was the place to be onthis historic day in mets history. 54,195 ecited Aazing Mets fans filled Shea Stadium with the hottest ticket this side of the moon. 

It was the first Playoff game in Mets history to be played at Shea Stadium. It was actually and the first Championship Series game ever played in New York baseball history as well.

The Mets had taken the first two games of the series in Atlanta & were looking to clinch in a sweep at home. Mets Manager; Gil Hodges sent young rookie pitcher, Gary Gentry (13-12 / 3.43 ERA / 154 Ks) to the mound, as Atlanta Braves Manager; Lum Harris sent Pat Jarvis (13-11 / 4.43 ERA / 123 Ks) to oppose him.

Starting Lineups

The Braves hottest hitter;  Hank Aaron greeted Gentry in the 1st inning with a two run HR, putting Atlanta up onthe board first. Aaron would hit .357 in the series with 3 HRs & he drove in seven of the Braves 15 runs.

In the top of the 3rd inning Gentry surrendered two hits to start the inning, a single to Tony Gonzalez & a double to Aaron. Manager Gil Hodges saw enough, he took out Gentry and brought in his young fireballer Nolan Ryan (6-3 / 3.53 ERA / 125 Ks). 

Ryan who was still known to be wild & have control issues, was a bold choice for Hodges. 

Tommie Agee got the Mets on the board in the 3rd inning with his second HR of the Series, a solo shot off Jarvis.

In the home 4th, it was Ken Boswell once again, hitting his second HR of the Series, a two run shot scoring Art Shamsky, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead.
But in the top of the 5th inning, Ryan walked Rico Carty & surrendered a two run HR to Orlando Cepeda putting Atlanta out in front 4-3.

But the ’69 Mets never stayed down to long, in the bottom of the frame, Nolan Ryan led off with a base hit. Then Wayne Garrett who had hit just one HR all season in 400 at bats, blasted a shot over the Shea fence putting the Mets ahead 6-4.

Cleon Jones doubled, knocking out Pat Jarvis, he was removed in favor of future Met; George Stone.

Next, the hot hitting Kenny Boswell singled bringing in Jones to make it 6-4 Mets. For Boswell, It was his third hit & third RBI of the day. Boswell led all Met hitters with five RBIs in the NLCS and his four hits were second best. Tommie Agee & Wayne Garrett bot collected five hits.

In the home 6th, Jerry Grote doubled & was sacrificed over to second by Bud Harrelson. Tommie Agee added another hit & his fourth RBI of the Series, topping off the 7-4 win.

Nolan Ryan had one of his first big moments in the national spotlight on this day. He went the distance for the win, pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with two walks 7 striking out seven Brave hitters with his fastball.

In the 9th inning Bob Aspromonte flew out to Agee for the first out. Future Met Felix Millan then grounded out to short stop.

The crowd were on their feet ready to storm the field, as the anticipation of the victory was a thrill in itself.
Braves batter, Tony Gonzales grounded to Wayne Garrett and as he threw the ball to first baseman; Ed Kranepool for the final out.

Mets broadcaster; Lindsey Nelson proclaimed " the Mets win the pennant, the Mets win the pennant". The Mets players ran to the dugout for their saftey. As Shea Stadium erupted & 54,000 fans charged the field tearing it apart. The Shea Stadium playing field looked like the surface of the moon.

 The Miracle Mets or the Amazing Mets were the NL Champions, winning the hearts of millions & becoming the ultimate underdogs.

They celebrated in the locker room as the champagane flowed. It was a wild scene. Afterwards, Tom Seaver & Gary Gentry went onthe field to view the damage on the playing field. It was to be quite a job for the grounds crew to fix up for the World Series!

Remembering Mets History: 1969 NLCS Game #2: Mets Romp Braves 11-6 Go Up Two Games To None

Sunday October 5, 1969 - NLCS Game #2 - Atlanta Fulton County Stadium:

With the Mets ahead one game to none in the series, Manager Gil Hodges sent Jerry Koosman  (17-9 / 2.28 ERA /180 Ks) to the mound against Atlanta's Ron Reed (18-10 / 3.47 ERA / 160 Ks). 

        Starting Lineups

In the Mets top of the 1st, Tommie Agee led off with a single. Wayne Garrett walked 7 then Agee stole third. Cleon Jones walked as well. The Mets were looking for a big inning but Art Shamsky & Ken Boswell both struck out. Ed Kranepool then sigled to right bringing in Agee with the first run.

Inthe 2nd, Koosman drew a one out walk. Tommie Agee the connected with another key hit, something Agee always seemed to do in 1969. He hit a two run Hr putting the Mets up 3-0. Cleon Jones would double & score on Art Shamsky's RBI base hit.

The Mets knocked oyt Reed & Paul Doyle came into pitch. With one out Jerry Grote reached on an Orlando Cepeda error. Bud Harrelson followed with a double scoring Grote. Wayne Garrett added an RBI hit & the Mets were rolling along with a 6-0 lead. Milt Pappas came in to relieve Doyle for Lum Harris' Braves. In the 4th inning the Mets continued scoring, as Ken Boswell blasted a two run HR. making it 8-0 Mets

For New York, Jerry Koosman rolled along until the 5th inning, he then gave up a three run HR to Hank Aaron. Next Carty & Cepeda both reached on a walk & double respectivley. Clete Boyer's base hit scored two more runs & for a total of six in the inning. It was not one of Koosman's best performances in the post season, but from here on in he would be fantastic.

Ron Taylor came in, ended the inning & threw a scoreless 8th.


For the Mets, Cleon Jones added a two run HR in the 7th inning off Cecil Upshaw the sixth Braves pitcher, making it 11-6 Mets. Cleon would have three hits & three RBIs on the day, a HR, a walk & two runs scored. Art Shamsky also had three hits, as Tommie Agee & Wayne Garret both had two hits each.

In the 9th Tug McGraw, gave up a walk & a base hit but quickly shut the door to earn his first post season save. The Mets were sitting pretty with a 2-0 Series lead on their way back home to an excited New York City & Shea Stadium.

Remembering Mets History: 1969 NLCS Game #1: Seaver Wins Opener Beating Atlanta 9-5

Saturday October 4, 1969 NLCS Game #1- Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. 

It was a historic day for MLB, as today was the first NLCS Game played in baseball history. The NL Eastern Division Champion New York Mets, surprised everyone & became known as the Amazing Mets. Led by Manger; Gil Hodges the Mets won 1000 games (100-62).

Their opponent was Lum Harris' Western Division Champion Atlanta Braves (93-69). The Braves featured Hall of Famers; Hank Aaron, Phil Neikro & Orlano Cepeda. 

It was a battle of the two teams ace pitchers & future Hall of Famers, as Atlanta’s 23 game winner Phil Niekro (23-13 / 2.56 ERA /193 Ks) went up against 1969 NL Cy Young winner Tom Seaver (25-7 / 2.21 ERA / 208 Ks).

Both pitchers went past the 7th inning but they were't at their best.

Starting Lineups


In the top of the 2nd, Art Shamsky singled & Ken Boswell drew a walk. Jerry Grote singled home to score Shamsky with the first run ever NLCS run. Next, Neikro’s knuckleball got passed Braves' catcher Bob Didier and Boswell scored making it 2-0.

In the home 2nd, Rico Carty doubled & advanced on a Mets error. Clete Boyer hit a sac fly scoring Carty with Atlanta's first run. In the 3rd, the Braves took the lead after getting three consecutive doubles by Felix Millan, Tony Gonzales & Hanr Aaron.

 In the 4th, with two outs, Ed Kranepool singled & Jerry Grote walked. Bud Harrelson tripled to right field scoring Grote & Kranepool putting the Mets back in front 4-3.

In the 5th. Atlanta's Tony Gonzales homered off Seaver to tie it back up. In the 7th inning Hank Aaron hit the first of his three Series HRs, putting the Braves ahead 5-4.

In the top of the 8th, Wayne Garrett led off with a double to left field. Cleon Jones, who had hit .340 during the regular season, delivered with a base hit scoring Garrett to tie it back up at five. Art Shamsky, followed with a base hit, Jones went to second, then stole third base.

Ken Boswell fielder’s choice scored Cleon Jones making it 6-5. Neikro got the next two outs then walked Bud Harrelson intentionally to get to Seaver. 

Ron Taylor Earns NLCS Game #1 Save
Now with the bases loaded, manager; Gil Hodges decided to pulled Seaver in favor of pinch hitter J.C. Martin. As usually was the case in the Amazing Miracle season of 1969, Hodges move once again prevailed.

Martin singled to right field, all three runners would score on an error in the outfield. Mrtin would get thrown out at second but the Mets now had a 9-5 lead. 

It was all they would need, as Ron Taylor came on to close it out with two perfect innings, for the save. takThe New York Mets had a 1-0 Series lead.

Nov 24, 2015

Remembering Mets History: 2000 NLDS Game #4: Bobby Jones Tosses A One Hitter

Sunday,October 8th, 2000- NLDS Game #4: 56,245 fans packed Shea Stadium on this Sunday evening hoping to see the Mets advance to the NLCS. Tonight, they would witness one of the best post season pitching performances in Mets history.

The Mets have always been a strong pitching organization. The club has seen just one no hitter & 37 one hitters.The names Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden, Jerry Koosman, Ron Darling & Tug McGraw have all pitched great post season games for the Mets.

In 1973 Jon Matlack had tossed a two hitter in the NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds & on this night, a lesser known name; Bobby Jones  would throw the only one hitter in Mets post season history. 

Mets Manager Bobby Valentine gave Bobby Jones (11-6 / 5.06 ERA / 85 Ks) the start in this NLDS Game #4. It was his first post season start. Jones went up against the San Francisco Giants; Mark Gardner (11-7 / 4.05 ERA / 92 Ks).

Jones rolled along until the top of the 5th, the only inning where he would have any trouble. Jeff Kent led off with a double, then Ellis Burks flew out. Jones issued a walk to JT Snow & Doug Mirabelli after he retired Rich Aurillia.

Giants Manager; Dusty Baker chose to stick with his pitcher & Jones got Mark Gardner to pop up ending the inning. The Giants would not get another base runner the rest of the way.

Robin Ventura
For the Mets, their big bats put them on the board right away, in the 1st inning. Mike Piazza drew a two out walk and then Robin Ventura followed with a HR over the right center field fence.

In the 5th inning, Bobby Jones struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. Timo Perez followed with a double, then Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to center, scoring both runners to cap off the 4-0 victory.

Jones shut down the Giants over the next three innings & the fans were on their feet for the 9th. Marvin Benard grounded out to first base, Bill Mueller then grounded out to Alfonzo for out number two. Jones then got Barry Bonds to line out to center field & end the game.

The Mets advanced to the their second consecutive NLCS as Jones completed his one hit master piece, striking out five Giants & walking two, while throwing 116 pitches over the nine innings.

Remembering Mets History: 2000 NLDS Game #3: Benny Agbayani's 13th Inning Walk Off HR

Saturday October 7th, 2000 NLDS Game #3- Shea Stadium, New York: It was a classic afternoon for an epic playoff game, that began with former Mets reliever, the great; Tug McGraw throwing out the ceromonial first pitch.

The crowd of 56,270 was pumped up for the first home playoff game of the 2000 post season. Centerfieldmaz was there in the Mezzanine section after a great tailgate in the old Shea parking lot.

Bobby Valentine sent Rick Reed (11-5 / 4.11 ERA / 121 Ks) to the mound against Russ Ortiz ( 14-12 / 5.01 ERA / 167 Ks).

Starting Lineups

The Mets would go through six pitchers Rick Reed (six innings, two runs, 7 hits, 7 Ks) Dennis Cook (0.2 innings) Turk Wendell (1.1 scorless) John Franco (one scoreless) Armando Benitez (two scoreless) & Rick White (two scoreless). The Giants would go through  six pitchers as well.

The Giants struck first, in the 4th inning Ellis Burkss & JT Snow singled. Bobby Estalella & Mark Benard both contibuted with RBI singles, making it 2-0.

In the Mets 6th inning,  Mike Bordick walked & Daryl Hamilton got a pinch hit single, leading the way for rookie Timo Perez base hit scoring the first Mets run. Perez would tie Benny Agbayani with an NLDS leading five hits. Perez three RBIs were second to only Eduardo Alfonzo’s five.

In the home 8th, Doug Henry hit Mike Bordick with a pitch to start out the inning. lenny Harris came in to pinch run & stole second base with two outs. Edgardo Alfonzo then doubled to left field tying p the game, as Shea went crazy.

John Franco, Armando Benitez & Rick White struck out eight batters, allowing no runs on four hits over the next five innings. The game became a real nail bitter, as it went into the extra innings. The crowd remained on their feet for the entire rest ofthe game.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the 13th inning when Benny Agbayani connected off of pitcher; Aaron Fultz, blasting a walk off, game winning HR over the left field wall. Shea Stadium erupted with a deafening roar, in the classic post season moment.

Bobby Valentines man Benny Agbayani would have 16 hits and six RBIs in the 2000 post season; he had hit .289 during the season with 15 HRs & 60 RBIs.

Remembering Mets History: (2000) NLDS Game #2: Mets Even Series With the San Francisco Giants

2000 NLCS Game #2- October 5th, 2000 
at Pac Bell Park, San Francisco, California.

The 2000 NLCS opened up with San Francisco Giants beating the Mets 5-1. Livan Hernandez was the winning pitcher as Mike Hampton took the loss. The Mets regrouped after losing Game #1, Manager; Bobby Valentine sent Al Leiter to the mound  face the Giants; (& former Met) Sean Estes in Game #2 of the 2000 NLDS. 

New York got some help from Estes in the top of the 2nd, Robin Ventura was hit by a pitch & then Benny Agbayani & Mike Bordick both walked. In stepped the hot hitting little Mets outfielder; Timo Perez. Perez continued his amazing hot streak, as he singled, bringing in the first two Mets runs. 

In the bottom of the 2nd, Ellis Burks doubled home Jeff Kent putting the Giants on the board; 2-1 Mets.

The score remained 2-1 until the 9th inning.  Estes had been knocked out after three innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Kirk Rueter pitched 4.1 scoreless innings & Doug Henry 0.2 innings.

In the top of the inning, with two outs & facing Felix Rodriguez, Timo Perez got his third hit of the night. Next, Edgardo Alfonzo blasted a two run HR over Barry Bonds head in left center field, making it 4-1 New York. 

In the bottom of the 9th, Al Leiter exited with a runner on first and the 4-1 lead. Through eight innings, Leiter had only allowed one run, on five hits with six strikeouts. The unreliable Armando Benitez then came in & the drama began. First Jeff Kent doubled & then Benitez served up a three run HR to JT Snow, tying the game 4-4.

But these Mets didn’t go down so easy, in the top of the 10th inning, with two outs, pinch hitter Daryl Hamilton doubled off Felix Rodriguez. Jay Payton stepped in driving a single to center field scoring Hamilton with was to be the winning run.

In the bottom of the 10th, Benitez gave up a lead off single, to pinch hitter Armando Rios. Bobby Valentine came out & yanked him in favor of John Franco. 

The veteran Franco retired the side in order, including striking out Barry Bonds to end the game. The Mets went back to New York tied at one game each.

Nov 23, 2015

Remembering Mets History: 1986 NLCS Game #6- Mets Beat Houston In 16 Inning Epic to Win Pennant

Wednesday October 15th, 1986 - NLCS Game #6 - Houston Astrodome: 

Game six began in the late afternoon New York time with Davey Johnson's Mets up three games to two over Hal Lanier's Astros. 

The game would end four hours and forty five minutes later in one of the greatest post season games ever. This epic began with New York's Bobby Ojeda facing off against Houston's Bob Knepper. 

The Astros ace; Mike Scott was already 2-0 in the Series & he was looming to start for Game Seven. The Mets bats had been baffled by Scott's split finger fastball, a fairly new pitch that had only been around a few years at the time. It was a big game for both teams.



The Mets; Bobby Ojeda, got roughed up for three runs in the first inning,  Bill Doran led off with a base hit & scored on Phil Garner's double. Glen Davis then drove him in with a base hit. Ojeda walked Kevin Bass, then Jose Cruz singled bringing in Davis, making it a quick 3-0 lead to the delight of the Texas fans in a loud Astrdome. Kevin Bass attempted to steal home but was tagged out by Ojeda on what turned out to be a huge play.

But Ojeda settled down and would pitch five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, two walks & two strike outs. Rick Aguilera came on to throw three scoreless innings, getting to the 8th. But the Mets were still down 3-0 by the 9th inning. 

Houston’s Bob Knepper was outstanding through eight innings, he shut out New York allowing just two hits. But in the top of the 9th with the Astrodome awaiting a celebration, the Mets woke up. 

Pinch hitter; Lenny Dykstra sparked the team with a lead off triple to center. He quickly was brought home as the next batter; Mookie Wilsons singled. Kevin Mitchell grounded out, but the Mets most clutch hitter; Keith Hernandez doubled, scoring Mookie & bringing the Mets to with in a run, down 3-2. 

Houston’s manager brought in reliever; Dave Smith who quickly was in trouble, as he walked Gary Carter & Strawberry to load the bases. Ray Knight hit a sac fly scoring Hernandez to tie the game. The city of Houston went silent but New York was just waking up.

 The game went on for seven more innings of nail biting drama. It was baseball at it's best.

The Mets; Roger McDowell pitched five shutout innings allowing only one hit along the way in a stellar relief performance.

Houston's Larry Anderson matched him with three shut out innings as well. In the 14th, Aurelio Lopez came in to pitch for the Astros. Gary Carter led off with a single, then Straw walked. Ray Knight attempted a sac bunt but Carter got nailed at third base. Backman then singled to right field putting the Mets ahead in what looked like the game winner. 

But in this epic,t he Astros would not go quietly. Houston came right back, as Billy Hatcher blasted a HR off reliever; Jesse Orosco tying it again in a wild crazy scene at the Astrodome.

In the top of the 16th with a depleted bullpen, Lopez came out & started the inning. Darryl Strawberry hit a lead off double to center field. Ray Knight then delivered with a single, scoring Strawberry putting the Mets ahead 5-4.

Jeff Calhoun was brought in for Houston and threw a wild pitch advancing Ray Knight to third. Calhoun then walked Wally Backman. 
Jesse Orosco got a rare plate appearance and wouldn’t ya know it, Calhoun threw another wild pitch scoring Ray Knight. Orosco then bunted Backman over to third base. 

Lenny  Dykstra then singled as well, bringing home Knight in what would be the all important game's winning run.

Davey Johnson stuck with his relief ace Jesse Orosco through another intense drama filled bottom of the 16th. 

Craig Reynolds struck out to start out the inning, but then veteran; Davey Lopes drew a walk. Bill Doran singled, and then Billy Hatcher struck again, with a single to center driving in Lopes.

Denny Walling then grounded out for out number two. But the Astros refused to die, Glen Davis then singled bringing home Doran & the score to within one 7-6 Mets. 

Next up was the dangerous Kevin Bass who kept fouling off Orosco’s curve balls. In a now famous conversation, first baseman; Keith Hernandez visited the mound and told Jesse if he threw another curveball they were going to fight. 

Orosco agreed, he reared back & struck out Bass for the final out. The 1986 New York Mets won the National League pennant. It was the clubs first World Series appearance since 1973 , thirteen years earlier.

New York City had come to a stop the past few hours following the excitement of the game, and now it celebrated and went wild. They advanced to the World Series for the third time in their history to face the Boston Red Sox.