The Mets came to bat in the 9th down by four they weren’t known for coming back in 1980, so most of the 22,000 fans had gone home. But that night “the magic was back". The Giants Greg Minton (who became a fine reliever) came in to close the door on the Mets. Doug Flynn wanted to make something happen & he buntedfor a base hit. He was moved to third on 2 ground outs, then was driven home by Lee Mazzilli. Frank Tavares walked & Claudell Washington singled to score Mazzilli. Mets trail 6-4.
Up to the plate came Steve Henderson. He had struck out three times on the night, and hadn’t hit a home run since July of 1979, some 226 at bats ago. Giants manager Dave Bristol brought in Allen Ripley to pitch to Henderson. Manager Joe Torre told Henderson just go up & take your swings. Ripley greeted Henderson with a high tight one, leveling him to the ground. It pissed him off. On the next pitch Henderson connected for a three run walk off HR and the Mets celebrated like they won the pennant. It was one of the few good times on the season for the Mets & the Shea Faithful. Mets win 7-6.