Over the years, there have been a number of influential and exciting moments in Mets history. In this article, I will list the top three moments that I am grateful for.
Surprisingly, you will not find Mike Piazza's clutch home run after Sept. 11 nor will you find Bill Buckner's mishandling of a ground ball.
3. Benny Agbayani's 8th Inning RBI Double (2000 World Series Game 3): Heading into Game 3 of the 2000 World Series, the Mets were quickly running out of steam. Down two games to none, another loss would almost ensure yet another New York Yankees World Series victory.
However, the Mets rallied back in Game 3 and tied the game up at 2 runs apiece. In the eighth inning, Benny Agbayani stepped up to the plate and blasted an RBI double to give the Mets the lead and an eventual victory in Game 3.
Even though it was the only World Series game that the Mets won that year, I will never forget the electricity of the crowd following Agbayani's clutch hit.
2. "The Catch" (2006 NLCS Game 7):
For the entire 2006 season, the Mets appeared to be the favorites to win it all. All went as planned. First, they clinched the NL East in mid September. Next, they swept the Dodgers to capture the NL Division Title.
However, the St. Cardinals were no easy task for the Mets. Both teams battled tooth and nail into Game 7. The game appeared destined for extra innings when Scott Rolen blasted what appeared to be an easy two-run home run off Mets lefty Oliver Perez.
But then, something miraculous happened. Just as the ball was about to land in home run territory, Mets reserve outfielder, Endy Chavez jumped up and snatched the ball and induced an inning ending double play.
This was quite possibly the most spectacular play I have ever seen in all my years of watching Mets baseball, even if it only extended the Mets 2006 campaign another two innings.
1. "It's Outta Here....It's Outta Here!" (vs. St. Louis Cardinals 08/22/2006)
On a warm late summer night in 2006, the Mets played what seemed to be a meaningless game. The highlight of the game appeared to be Bill Clinton, who was watching the game from behind home plate.
However, the game quickly turned into a slugfest. After multiple home runs from both Albert Pujols and Carlos Delgado both teams found themselves tied coming into the ninth inning.
After catcher Paul Lo Duca reached second base on a double Carlos Beltran drilled a two run home run into deep right field to give the Mets the victory.
The thing that stood out the most to me was Gary Cohen emphatically screaming "It's Outta Here! It's Outta Here! The Mets Win the Ball Game!". For as long as I am a Mets fan that one game, will stand out in my mind as being one of my favorites.