Most Memorable Moments at Shea – MetsMerized Style
As the final season at Shea Stadium draws to a close, I thought it would be a fun idea to share some of Mets Merized’s very own favorite moments at Shea. Thanks to everyone who was so eager to contribute their story to this compilation. Anyone who is a true Mets fan and/or who has been to Shea will certainly appreciate this. Maybe you, too, were a part of some of these memories and can relate to them. Feel free to leave comments to reminisce some more about the mentioned moments, or to share your own favorite moment with the rest of us!
Unfortunately I live in Oklahoma and have never been to New York much less Shea Stadium. But I do look forward to reading everyone’s responses!
I wasn’t at Shea for any great games but I did manage to get tickets for the LAST Last Play at Shea. It was the best concert I’ve ever seen. During “Zanzibar,” Billy paid tribute to the great Mets moments at Shea. There was a sign on the Mezzanine that said PAUL IS ALL, even though Billy denied that Paul McCartney would actually be there. Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, and Roger Daltrey had all come out to perform. And just when you though it couldn’t get any bigger……”Ladies and gentlemen, Paul McCartney!!” And I screamed at that moment more than I had at any Mets game in my life. For the encore, Paul and Billy dueted on “Let It Be.” It was truly an epic concert…Shea is going down with honor. There’s my moment.
Hmm, I have lots of great memories at Shea but I guess if I had to pick one it would be October 1st, 1999. We beat the Pirates 3-2 in a nail-biter that lasted 11 innings and the Mets had to win this game to stay alive for the Wild Card, if we lost we were mathematically eliminated. I was scared because our fate was in the hands of Kenny Rogers. But, he pitched the game of his life that night giving up just the two runs and striking out batters left and right. I think he had like 12 strikeouts that day. Homeruns in the fifth inning by Mike Piazza and Robin Ventura tied the game and eventually sent it into extra innings. The bullpen did great job holding down the fort, and Pat Mahomes (remember him?) pitched two solid innings and got the win. The Mets finally came back to win it in the 11th inning when they loaded the bases and Robin Ventura singled home Shawon Dunston to win the game and keep the Mets play-off hopes alive for one more day. The game was freaking amazing, and Shea Stadium was rockin’ to it’s core. The rest as they say, is history.
There have been so many memorable moments at Shea Stadium, especially many I have not been to. I have a tendency to not go to extremely memorable games. However, the most memorable moment I have ever been to was in 2006 during a Subway Series match-up that had Jeremi Gonzalez face Randy Johnson. I remember getting to the stadium late and the Mets were already down big. The Mets slowly fought back decreasing the ever so gigantic lead to nothing. Ninth inning started against Mariano Rivera and David Wright comes up to the plate. I remember sitting in the back of the Loge where the Mezzanine seats block about 40% of your view. When David Wright hit that ball that won the ball game, I had no idea if Damon would catch it, if it was going to be a home run, or if was going to be a double. I crouch down, see the ball go over his head, and remember the entire stadium erupting.
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