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Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Posted on: August 3, 2008 7:28 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2008 7:40 pm
While big brother gets the love and attention during a grand exit, little brother slips out the side door, hardly noticed, hardly missed.

So it goes, as it always did. See ya, Shea Stadium.

To the House that Robert Moses Helped Build in Queens (let's give him the credit or blame, since Flushing is where he wanted to stash the Brooklyn Dodgers) there's plenty of history!

So it only goes back to 1964, and not the days of Ruth and the more heralded Yankee Stadium. Regardless, Shea has seen more than its share events both odd and shocking and momentous.

The Mets' Web site is conducting an online vote of the greatest moments in the history of Shea. So with just about 29 homes games left, Here's one ballot:

10. Endy's catch, Oct. 19, 2006: The Mets go on to lose this Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. But had the Mets won, Chavez catch and throw to double off St. Louis Cardinal Jim Edmonds would be considered the greatest play in postseason history -- even better than Willie Mays' catch in '54. It's that good.

9. 1975: As in the whole year. While Yankee Stadium undergoes renovations, Shea gets battered by overuse, as not only the Mets and Jets call Queens home, but also the Yankees and Giants. The renovated Yankee Stadium and brand-new Giants Stadium open the following year.

8. Bunning is perfect, June 21, 1964: After less than three months of baseball in the new stadium, Shea fans not only witness a Father's Day no-hitter, but a perfect game by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning. All these decades later, no Met has pitched a no-no, either at home or on the road. (See: No. 6.)

7. Rose-Bud Brawl, Oct. 8, 1973. Stocky Cincinnati Red Pete Rose and the wispy Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson fight at second base, sparking a bench-clearing melee in Game 3 of the NLCS.

A contingent of Mets go out to left field to plead with fans not to risk a forfeit by throwing things at Rose in what ends up as a 9-2 Mets win.

6. Seaver's "Imperfect Game," July 9, 1969. Boston Red Sox fans have Bucky (Bleepin') Dent. His Mets fans' counterpart is Jimmy (Bleepin') Qualls. The unheralded Chicago Cub breaks up Seaver's perfect game with one out in the ninth in front of 59,083 at Shea.

5. Jets win AFL title, Dec. 29, 1968: Before The Guarantee and the Super Bowl III upset, the Jets defeat the Oakland Raiders 27-23 to win the AFL title and set up a date with the Baltimore Colts.

4. Piazza post-attack home run, Sept. 21, 2001: In the first sporting event in New York after 9/11, Mike Piazza hits an eighth-inning two-run homer to beat the Atlanta Braves in an inspiring moment that even had (some) Yankees fans smiling.

3. Beatles at Shea, Aug. 15, 1965: The Beatles play an epic concert with a stage set up around second base, in the process ushering in the era of stadium-sized rock shows. Top tickets go for $5.75.

2. Amazin' Mets take title, Oct. 16, 1969: The Baltimore Orioles thought a sweep is in the offing. They are right: After Baltimore wins Game 1, the Miracle Mets sweep the next four to win one of the most improbable World Series in history.

1. The Ball Gets by Buckner, Oct. 25, 1986: The game and series seemed so secure that "Congratulations Boston Red Sox 1986 World Champions" briefly flashes on the Shea scoreboard. But the Mets come back from a two-out, two-run, nobody-on deficit in the 10th inning. Then Mookie Wilson's slow dribbler goes through Bill Buckner's legs, giving the Mets a 6-5 win.

Game 7 seems assured as well, only this time the expected happens as the Mets win their second world title.

Others considered:

  • 23-inning game (as part of a doubleheader), 1964
  • 2000 Subway Series
  • 1964 All-Star Game
  • Seaver fans 19 San Diego Padres, 1970
  • Pope John Paul II speaks, 1979
  • Lenny Dykstra's homer wins Game 3 of NLDS, 1986
  • Todd Pratt homer wins 1999 NLDS
  • Robin Ventura's "grand-slam single," 1999
  • Mets win 2000 pennant
  • catcher Paul Lo Duca's "you're out/you're out" double play, 2006
  • Beatles appear a second time at Shea, 1966
  • 1973 World Series
  • The Who headlines with the Clash, 1982.

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Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2008 3:54 pm

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Piazza's homerun against the Braves in the first game after 9-11 was one of the greatest moments in SPORTS, not just in Shea stadium.  That eigth inning changed the way we all felt, just for a moment, and let people stop crying and cheer.  All in all, I will miss Shea..  It wasnt a great park but it was OUR park.  One of my earliest memories is walking through the parking lot towards Shea with my father and hearing Bob Murphy doing the announcements on the PA.   1978, back when it was still a game.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2008 1:52 pm

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Numbers 1-10, are all fine, I will not argue, except they should be Numbered 2-11 as the best moment has yet to happen:

#1 Shea Stadium Greatest Hit-- When the explosives hit it to knock it down.  Hey, I grew up going to the Vet in Philly and there were "moments" that took place there that are memorable, even great, but the place was a dump.  Shea is even worse.  Good for the Mets that they are getting out of there, now maybe they can throw a no hitter.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 1:37 pm
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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 1:24 pm

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Home of the sign guy. Who can forget his great signs which illustrate why Mets and their fans are always on the cutting edge. The Sign guy. Mr.Met. First to have the K signs hanged for pitchers. First team to start a 5-man rotation. First expansion team to win a World Series. First to have a banner day(I miss those). The first team in MLB history to draw 3 million fans. The team that replaced the Dodgers and Giants did those fans who flocked to them proud. They always played hard(until 2007), made amazing comebacks(1969, 1973,1986 NLCS Game 6, 1986 WS Game 6, 1999 season winning last 6 to force a playoff ...) and gave us hope. They performed these miracles @ Shea. That ugly 1960's eyesore gave us more thrills then we bargained for. Goodbye Shea and hello CitiField!

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 1:13 pm

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

1969 Game 5. Cleon Jones goes to one knee to catch the final out hit by future Met WS champion manager Davey Johnson. Talk about Karma! The Mets pull off the greatest upset in baseball history just 9 months after their tenants pulled off the greatest in NFL history against the same city and overrated team!

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 1:10 pm

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Game 6, enough said. The greatest, most dramatic, improbable game ever played and the Mets showed why they've earned the name Amazins. To do that at home against the Red Sox says it all.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2008 11:31 am

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Ah Shea,

I remember riding the 7 train as me and my dad approached the stadium.  The familiar blue and orange squares around Shea.  Back then double headers weren't just for make up games they were part of the schedule and we went to almost all of them.  Fan apprecition night, Banner night against the Pirates late Sept.  I always want to parade around the infield between games with some sort of banner, but alas I never did.  My favorite player believe it or not Rusty Staub, remember the two black batting gloves he wore?, patrolling right field like a NY Cop.  remember the names? Koosman, Kranepool, Seaver, Grote, Harelson, Garrett, Milner, Jones, Meyan (Felix), Clendenon, Matlack, Boswell, Mazilli (Lincoln HS Alum), Agee, Mays, Swoboda, The Stork, And listening to Kiners Corner after every game.  I've got to get a piece of the building before its gone for good.  May not happen for I live in Atlanta now and Boooooo the Braves every chance I get, I go to Turner Stadium just to root for which ever team is playing Larry Jones and the Braves...............

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Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 1:41 pm

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Yankees clinch World Series at Shea Stadium in 2000!!

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 7:55 am

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Well Tartans as I voted on the Mets official site I had some that of course were not on their list. I would vote for the 19 strike out game of the bunch on the list. However my fondest memory of Shea will be Opening Day 1992. The first game I took my son to. He was two and that day he received his first Mets ball cap and jersey.(Franco). He has since moved on and his only sports love is hockey but Shea brought him and I together on many more occasions and I will always have those memories.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 9:54 pm

Shea Goodbye, Shea's greatest hits

Dude, thanks for the fond memories of my favorite ballpark. I spent a great many days around the parking lot near the clubhouse, crying for my Mets in the late 70's and early 80's, as we endured many losing seasons of ridicule. Raised in Astoria, the 7 train ride home gave me plenty of time to gather myself and be even more hopeful that we would win the next game.

Anyhow, How in the world does a NEW YORK MET fan root for the Redskins? You could at least show some love for the Jets...remember Broadway Joe playing at Shea Stadium. Although, the more sane choice would be the WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK GIANTS.

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