Remembering Mets History: (1999) Bobby Valentine Wears Disguise In Dugout After Ejection

Tuesday June 9th 1999: This legendary day in Mets history took place at Shea Stadium, as a crowd of 18,254 came out to see Bobby Valentines second place New York Mets (31-28) go against Jim Fregosi's third place Blue Jays (27-34). 

The starters were Rick Reed for New York & David Wells for Toronto, although both teams would use five pitchers each in this 14 inning affair.

Starting Lineups

The Jays took a 3-0 lead by the 4th inning after an RBI double by Carlos Delgado & solo HRs by Darrin Fletcher & Joe Cruz. The game remained that way until the bottom of the 9th inning, when the Mets came back. 

Edgardo Alfonzo singled with one out, then Mike Piazza singled after the second out. With Robin Ventura up & runners on the corners, Piazza stole second base. Ventura then singled off of Wells bringing in two runs. Billy Koch replaced Wells on the mound, Luis Lopez came in to run for Ventura & Brian McRae stepped in. He tied the game with a double down the left field line, 3-3. 

The game went to extra innings, in the top of the 12th, Mike Piazza was called for catcher interference as batter Craig Grebeck was at bat. 

Bobby Valentine came out to argue the call with home plate umpire; Randy Marsh. Marsh ejected Valentine from the game. 

The Mets got out of the inning, and eventually won the game in the 14th inning. Luis Lopez & Brian McRae both walked & Rey Ordonez drove in the walk off ame winner with a single off veteran Dan Plesac. 

But what made this game unforgettable, is that after Valentines' ejection, he was spotted by television camera's; sitting in the dugout, wearing a fake moustache & sunglasses. It was certainly one of Bobby V's classic moments, and will forever be a remembered in his legacy as Mets Manager. 

Quotes: Bobby Valentine: "I wasn't fooling anyone with that disguise," he said. "If Randy Marsh saw it, I believe he would have laughed. This had absolutely nothing to do with the umpires. I did it to lighten up the team." 

The league wasn't as amused as the fans or media was. NL President Leonard Coleman wanted to meet with Valentine but Bobby V. said he'd reach out to him by phone. He ended up getting suspended for two games & was fined $5000. 

The Mets went on to win 12 of their next 15 games. 


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