As we remain in this lackluster fifth month of the offseason≤ I find myself surfing the Internet for anything Mets-related to keep myself occupied.
I happened to find on iTunes, available for $1.99, a copy of the 1999 NLCS Game Five.
This game was special for two reasons.
The first, as most of you remember I am sure, is because it was the Robin Ventura game-winning grand slam single to keep the Mets alive in the NLCS.
The second reason is more personal. It was the greatest game I have ever attended—and I was sitting front row behind the plate.
Throughout the iTunes showing I was able to spot myself a couple of times. I was 10 years old. (Very odd to see yourself at that age on TV.)
Some notable facts about the game that I often overlook:
- Funny to know that a classic playoff matchup was started with a match up between sure-fire Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux and Masato Yoshii. Also, Orel Hershiser was key in keeping the game close.
- To come back from 3-0 it would've taken wins against Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, and Millwood. Aye!
- At the game live was much better than hearing Bob Costas announce it. (I would've preferred Gary Thorne or Howie Rose.)
- What a playoff game for my dad to get tickets to!
Anyway, just sharing a great Met memory of mine as I anxiously await this upcoming year. Leave a comment and share one of yours if you have one!