Few remember it was Steve Trachsel who earned the win that night over Florida's Brad Moehler, in the Mets 4-0 shutout victory. Trachsel who at the time was the longest tenured Met, went into the 7th inning not giving up any runs, allowing only three hits, walking only one & striking out three. Mota & Heilman led the way to Billy Wagner who closed it out in the 9th inning. Josh Willingham flew out to Clifford Floyd for the final out & the Mets celebrated in victory.
Few also remember that it was Jose Valentin who homered twice on the night & drove in three of the four runs, who was the offensive hero that evening. In 2006 the 36 year old Valentin was the Mets primary second baseman hitting 18 HRs with 24 doubles, 62 RBIs & a .271 batting average.
In the clubhouse & on the field the Mets celebrated the way teams do in these times, a bit to premature for oldertimers like myself, but thats the way it is. Cigars were smoked, & champagne was flying as the players wore goggles to protect their eyes.
Another ritual centerfield maz don't get? Be a man get some bubbly in your eyes!!!!!