The Met fan has gotten used to be negative these days. Even in Spring Training it is hard to stay positive when Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran go down before Opening Day. With all the negativity around these days, I thought it neccessary to point out some positive moments in Met history in my new weekend blog series.
The moment I want to first reflect on was one of the most magical nights that I have ever had at Shea Stadium. The day was June 21, 2006 and the Mets were taking on the Reds. It was my first night back in New York for the summer. My first move was to get to Shea Stadium and after a year hiatus from being in New York, I was very excited to get back. Of course, the Mets too were having a magical ride, and I was anxious to get my first look in person at the ’06 Mets at Shea.
The night started off with me getting a Jose Reyes autograph on my Mets cap, a sure sign of good things to come. The excitement would continue as Jose led off the Mets first inning with a home run. In the third inning, Jose lined a double to give him a 2 for 2 night. Then the cycle started to take shape a Jose hit a triple in the fifth. After a sixth inning K, Jose lined a single to the outfield for the cycle. The crowd at this point exploded, in a highlight tape, Keith Hernandez says “that he has never seen Shea this excited.” Wow, my first game back in town and I see Shea at its maximum volume for a regular season game.
It was the ninth cycle in history and still the last one by a Met, here are the other Met cycles:
Eric Valent, 07-29-2004
John Olerud, 09-11-1997
Alex Ochoa, 07-03-1996
Kevin McReynolds, 08-01-1989
Keith Hernandez, 07-04-1985
Mike Phillips, 06-25-1976
Tommie Agee, 07-06-1970
Jim Hickman, 08-07-1963
Unfortunately, we did not go home happy as Billy Wagner blew the game and the Mets lost 6 to 5. I still own the paper from this game and as the back page says “Billy Gagner” still makes me laugh. Besides the autograph my buddy JP also caught a Reyes foul ball and I got a ball from a batboy which Reyes later signed for me. Certaintly, a night I will never forget for the number reason it was the loudest I ever got to see Shea Stadium. I only hope that I can be in attendance at CitiField for a magical night like this one.