lol I remember one game I was at Yankee Stadium where we trailed 11-6 and they still brought Rivera in for the ninth. We got it to something like 11-8 or 11-9 with the bases loaded and Beltran up - and he popped up the first pitch.
The game Matt Franco won off him is obviously in Subway Series lore. Wright in 2006. They brought Rivera in a tie game in '09 and Wright beat him again with an extra base-hit...until Castillo dropped the ball.
My fondest memory (aside from the first game ever where Mlicki just dominated out of nowhere in front of about 20k Mets fans) was the 15-6 thrashing in 2008, Delgado hit a grand slam. 9 rbi.
Went to both the 11-6 game that got close at the end and the 15-6 drubbing. Beltran was god-awful in the 11-6 game...he was in a dreadful, season-long slump at the time. He was getting booed pretty harshly by the Met fans in attendance.
The 15-6 win was Game 1 of that Yankee/Shea doubleheader. Mets and Pedro Martinez got squashed in Game 2...me and my 8-months-pregnant wife (at the time) left in the 6th inning of that one. It was a fun day, but brutually hot and a lot of driving. Hard to believe that my daughter is starting kindergarten in the fall. We actually got rear-ended on the way to Shea from Yankee Stadium, but fortunately in was in stop-go traffic, so my wife wasn't hurt, and the car wasn't damaged.
I know the Wilpon have an incredible ability to do the wrong thing and will never seem to be in touch with their fanbase, but for ONCE, can these boneheads realize that they own the METS?! First, it was all about Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers...yes, Jackie is an amazing and compelling figure who transcends the game and the team he played for, but it's not like the guy ever had anything to do with the New York Mets. And now, they're honoring players who have had success, at the Mets' expense to boot. Chipper Jones? Mariano Rivera? Maybe the Jets will honor Tom Brady someday. Maybe the Knicks will follow suit and give Michael Jordan an honorary tip-off at the Garden.
The Wilpons are some strange ducks. They are downright baffling. Why couldn't it have been Doubleday who kept the team?