Dec 15, 2017

Remembering Mets History (1988) Mets Hit Record Six Opening Day HRs & Straw Hits Longest Ever @ Stade Olympique

Opening Day '88 Monday April 4th,1988: An exciting Opening Day in Montreal brought 55,413 Canadians out to Olympic Stadium (Stade Olympique) to see Buck Rogers' Expos host Davey Johnson's New York Mets.

The previous year the Expos won 91 games (91-71) finishing in third place four games behind the St. Louis Cardinals & just one game behind the second place Mets (92-70).

Todays starters were the Mets Dwight Gooden &  the Expos, Dennis Martinez. Gooden would be an 18 game winner for the 1988 NL Eastern Champion Mets, while Martinez would go on to win 15 games & win 14 games or more in six of the next seven seasons.

Starting Lineups

Former Met Hubie Brooks put the Expos on board fist with an RBI single. In the 2nd, Darryl Strawberry started out his season with a HR, to tie the game. In the 3rd, Lenny Dykstra walked, stole second & advanced to third on a balk. Kevin McReynolds then singled, bringing in his first run of the year.

In the 4th Howard Johnson singled & short stop Kevin Elster hit a HR putting the Mets up 4-1. The Expos would chip away at Gooden to tie it 4-4 after five innings.

In the Mets 6th, Gary Carter singled & Dave Magadan walked, setting the stage for Lenny Dykstra's two run HR to make it 7-4.

The Mets were not done yet, with Randy St. Claire on in relief in the 7th, Strawberry connected with a mammoth HR, estimated to travel up to 525 feet from home plate. The blast reached a set of lights on the upper rim of the ballparks dome.

It is considered to be the longest HR ever hit at Olympic Stadium. It was his second HR of the day. The next batter, Kevin McReynolds followed with another HR, giving the Mets an Opening Day record of six HRs on the day.

Hubie Brooks was not done taunting the Mets yet as he hit a two run HR off reliever David Cone, scoring Mitch Webster in the 8th, making it 9-6.

In the top of the 9th, McReynolds hit his second HR of the day, starting out his year on a good note as the Mets went on to 10-6 victory.

That year McReynolds hit 27 HRs & drove
in a career high 99 runs while tying his career best batting average at .288. Straw would become the second Met to ever lead the NL in HRs with 39, matching his career best from the previous year. He also led the league in slugging (.545) while driving in over 100 runs for the second straight year.




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