Ron Darling got his third start and already had given up three runs by the time I settled in. Darling already had a win & loss in the Series, overall in 17 innings pitched he only gave up the three earned runs in this game, good for a 1.53 ERA. The turning point of the game came in the 4th inning when Sid Fernandez relieved Darling. El Sid shut down the Sox, retiring all batters he faced, striking out five of the last six. Boston’s Bruce Hurst was tough in the first five innings allowing only one hit.
In the 6th, the Mets began their come back. After Sid walked off to a standing ovation, he was pinch hit for by Lee Mazzilli. Mazilli singled, Mookie Wilson singled & Tim Tuefel walked. With the bases loaded, Mr. Clutch Keith Hernandez came to bat and singled up the middle scoring two runs. Gary Carter grounded out but the tying run crossed the plate. Shea Stadium was a different place; the crowd was now a factor.
Roger McDowell came on and retired the side in the 7th. After a wild 7th inning stretch, Ray Knight led off with a HR, his biggest hit as a Met. Lenny Dykstra pinch hit for Kevin Mitchell and singled. The crowd began to sing “We Will Rock You” and it rattled Calvin Shiraldi. This was the Series where the song was played & sung by the crowd at a ballgame to my knowledge. As the Queen song turned into taunts of “Caaaaalvin” Shiraldi threw a wild pitch, Dykstra moved to 2nd. Then Rafael Santana singled and Nails scored as the Mets were up by two.
McDowell gave up a run and three straight hits in the 8th and Davey Johnson pulled him for Jesse Orosco. In the bottom of the 8th, with Al Nipper now pitching for the Sox, Daryl Strawberry added to the heroics leading off with a monstrous HR to right field. The crowd roared. Ray Knight who would win the Series MVP award, got his 9th hit of the Series (good for a 3.91 average). He moved up on an intentional walk to Santana in order to get to the pitchers spot. Orosco came up and singled in his only post season at bat, scoring Knight for the final run. Steve Crawford came in to pitch and hit Mookie Wilson with a pitch.
Orosco retired the side in order in the 9th with Marty Barrett striking out for the final out. Orosco three his glove in the air and his team mates piled on him on the mound. The dream had come true again, the Mets were World Champions. There were no fans on the field this time as the NYPD had mounted police surrounding the field. Believe it or not, I found strength I didn’t know I had and ripped my seat right off. I still don’t know how. I still have it, I cant prove it by I know what it is, besides it’s not for sale!