Today in Baseball History …. Straw clocks one.

Cards-Mets defined intense.

Cards-Mets defined intense.

Throughout their history, the Mets have had a series of rivalries, but there was something special in their duel with the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1980s.

On this day in 1985, the teams began a three-game series at Busch Stadium, with the Mets winning the first game, 1-0 in 11 innings on Darryl Strawberry’s monstrous homer off Ken Dayley that broke light bulbs on the scoreboard.

STRAWBERRY: Stirred the drink.

STRAWBERRY: Stirred the drink.

Ron Darling and John Tudor each pitched 10 scoreless innings.

“I get goose bumps when I come back to this stadium and remember the rivalry,’’ Darling said. “I was sitting on the bench and had a good view of that monster shot Darryl hit. I think that in all my career, that was the most excited I’ve ever seen a clubhouse after a game. Guys were crying and hugging and laughing.”

The Cardinals would win that season, but the Mets rolled in 1986.

Strawberry was catalyst of those Mets teams during the 1980s. He is among the few players who made everybody stop and watch when he came to the plate because of his awesome power potential. Few guys have had that ability to make a stadium gasp with one swing, and Strawberry was one of them.

3 thoughts on “Today in Baseball History …. Straw clocks one.

  1. Personally I liked Doc. I loved watching the games where he totally destroyed the other lineup.

    I will say this about Straw. Every year there was about a month and a half where he would carry the team on his shoulders. Then it seemed there was an equally long time where he would disappoint.

  2. One of the best games I’ve ever watched in my life. I have a DVD of it that I found online.

  3. I remember that game probably better than any other Mets game — even the championships. And I didn’t see it; as I recall it was on SportsChannel and I didn’t have cable, so I listened on the radio. That may have made it even more personal and dramatic. I still feel the butterflies in my stomach and the goosebumps I had while listening and wondering what would happen. Can you imagine two starting pitchers going 10 innings today? 10 scoreless innings? Incredible. The home run “off the clock” was simply unbelievable. I will always cherish that game.