Something with your morning coffee ….

This Day in Baseball History

This Day in Baseball History

For those thinking the Mets had plummeted back to Earth after their Game 1 loss to Baltimore in the 1969 World Series, those thoughts were dashed on this day in Game 2.

Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor combined on a two-hitter‚ and Al Weis drove in the game-winner with a ninth-inning single off Dave McNally to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Orioles and even the World Series at a game apiece.

The Mets would run the table on the Orioles, winning three straight at Shea Stadium to win the Series. Koosman was also the winning pitcher in Game 5.

Does anybody remember that game or have anything they’d like to share about the 1969 Mets?

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They Said It

They Said It

After entering the postseason on an 0-for-27 playoff slide with runners in scoring position dating back to Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is on the October tear he always was supposed to be on with game-tying homers in both Game 2 and 3 in the ALDS with Minnesota.

Said Rodriguez: “I knew that I couldn’t change all the 0-for-4s, 0-for-5s and all the guys I left on base. I’m content right now, both on and off the field.”

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BY THE NUMBERS

Rodriguez’s numbers in three-game sweep of the Twins in the ALDS: Five-for-11, two homers and six RBI.

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ON TAP FOR TODAY

Game 4 of the Rockies-Phillies NLDS is for tonight at 6 p.m.

26 thoughts on “Something with your morning coffee ….

  1. Great news about A-Rod. How about Andy Pettitte — you have anything new on him? Has his father stopped by the clubhouse lately, or are they working through that pharmacy in the Dominican these days? How about Steve Balboni — any news on him? Horace Clarke? If you could find an old interview with Bill “Killer” Kane, that would be a great thing to post here. I wonder what Scott Brosius is up to these days. That guy took _very_ long showers. Where were you when Rightetti pitched his July 4 no-no? I’ll never forget that. And what about the time Mike Pagliarulo was sent up to bat righty by Billy Martin? Speaking of Martin, do you think Ed Whitson send his widow a Christmas card? And don’t get me started on Art Fowler.

  2. John,

    You do know this post on ARoid will bring out the people who insist you are a yankee lover.

    I would suggest that for next year for your postseason writeups that you create a different link so you do not get criticized for saying nice things about the yankees on a met site even though this is your postseason postings.

    I think it confuses your readers.

  3. 2. Confuse the readers, really, speak for yorself. I think anybody who wants to read about yankee heroics can find a yankee blog somewhere in the universe. There must be one. lets talk some more about that misunderstood guy, little delicate roger clemens, being bullied by those big bad red sox pedro and manny. roger was such a darling why don’t dumb metsie fans understand he didn’t want to kill piazza when he hit him in the head, he only wanted to end his career, and the broken bat, roger thought he was helping his buddy out returning the wood for future use. yes, we don’t want to call any yankees a name on a metsie site. yeah, we are just so freakin dumb.
    and since tifany brought up all those great yankee moments how about when the little bobby richardson was sat down the last game in 59 so he could hit .300. why didn’t those big bad redsox think of it in 41??? they must be as dumb as the metsies….
    oh here’s a little suggestion, how about adding the melodious tones of Berniew Williams to the site. what a pleasure it would be to hear him play while reading all about the yankees. thank you very much

  4. (2) I’m not confused at all. I know I’ve been thinking a lot about Jim Ray Hart lately. And Lindy McDaniel. Celerino Sanchez, too. I often find myself wondering how the mid-70s might have been different if Pat Dobson and Sam McDowell weren’t burnt out before donning the pinstripes. I also wonder if Munson had died earlier, would Fran Healy have become a superstar; and, in turn, if Healy had become a superstar, would he still have launched his subsequent half-assed announcing career with SportsChannel? And what about Dick Tidrow — I don’t know if there’s enough space on the World Wide Web to do his career its proper justice. What about a Top Ten list of Glenallen Hill memories? Cecilio Guante’s Oscar picks would also make a good story. What about Hensley “Bam Bam” Muelens? Any illicit photos of Gene Michael and Suzyn Waldman? Maybe a live prayer chat with John Wetteland — I know I have this soreness in my lower back, and I’m looking for any help I can get.

  5. 3

    That met team had no balls.

    they let their star catcher get abused by clemens and did not back him up.

    that was a discrace.

  6. (3) There’s a tape of Bernie playing guitar with Springsteen that’s in circulation on Sirius’ E Street Radio — he’s pretty good.

    But, what about Paul O’Neill? He played drums, often in the clubhouse. If Delcos still has any of his tapes of those days, perhaps there’s one of O’Neill banging the skins in the background? I’d _love_ to hear that.

    And did you know O’Neill’s sister, Molly, is a noted food writer? I kid you not. So much talent in one family.

    Maybe a two-part interview with them would be in order.

    Or, better yet, call up the kids from the neighborhood and find out what made the O’Neills so special. Did they clean up the street when the garbage men left debris behind? Did their dryer exhaust always smell of fresh laundry? Did their mother drive them to after-school practices every day of the week? I, for one, want to know.

  7. 7. thank you for the wonderful info about the beloved yankees… this is definitely the place to be to learn about yankee glory, on and off the field.
    and dave 5…. if the metsies had indeed retaliated against sweet innocent roger, beat writers like delcos would be calling metsie players like glendon rusch and benny abgayani thugs and head hunters for assaulting such a wonderful young man like roger.

  8. Harry (3): Joe Torre juggled his rotation as to not have Clemens pitch in Shea. When it couldn’t be helped, the Mets didn’t go after him when they had the chance. Really weak. …. As far as the bat incident goes, Clemens started it, but Piazza backed down when he had a chance to finish it. Had Piazza gone after and gotten a piece of Clemens it might have changed the complexion of the series. But, Piazza did nothing. Nothing. Clemens won that battle.-JD

  9. 1969 world series game 2? Remember it like it was 30 years ago. Koosman was pitching a no hitter until former Mets farmhand Paul Blair got a single leading off the ninth. The winning run happened with two outs in the top of the ninth: hits by Ed Charles, Jerry Grote and Al Weis. With two outs in the ninth, Gil Hodges used the “four man” outfield” with Frank Robinson up to prevent a double, F Robby walked. When Ron Taylor got Brooks Robinson to hit a groundball to third, Ed Charles at first thought about tagging pinch runner Merv Rettenmund for the final out. But Rettenmund was behind and past him so The Glider threw to first to just get Brooks Robinson.
    Al Weis, the weakest of hitters, had a remarkable series with a 1290 OPS. He played because the Orioles started lefhanders Cuellar and McNally twice each.
    It says something about how weak the 1969 Mets offense was when Weis got 247 at bats with a 53 OPS+.

  10. Oh Delcos, ain’t we allowed to play….? the baseball season is long over, well it is for metsie fans anyway!!!!!!

  11. 14. With a chance to break the game open, Hodges let Koosman bat for himself after Weis’ hit. Never would happen today. Its become a law that if a starter is pitching great he has to be replaced by a closer to allow closer to get a save and pad his stats even tho there is no benefit to the team. Koos wasn’t replaced until he let two runers on base in the ninth. And the losing pitcher, McNally, pitched a complete game.

  12. (17) That’s fine and all, but wouldn’t you rather talk about that catch Piniella made in short right field during the late innings of that one-game playoff against the Red Sox in 1978? Everyone talks about Bucky Dent’s homer, but what about that catch by Piniella? Even Frank Messer was excited by it.

  13. Yikes! How could I type “Ninth” when I meant to type “seventh”? Good catch there by Tiffany.

  14. (19) What about that play in the post-season (can’t remember the exact year) when Jeter threw out Jeremy Giambi at the plate? I’ll never forget it. Where were you when that happened?

  15. (22) I couldn’t help but notice that both Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson were exiled to Cleveland in the mid-70s. Do you know whether they did any more wife-swapping along the 480 corridor?

  16. #24 Kekich and Fritz Peterson’s wife Marilyn split up several months after the husband-swapping. My understanding is Fritz and Susanne Kekich are still married and he is active in the Baseball Chapel, although wiki doesn’t mention it. Kekich keeps a low profile, became a doctor I think.
    It’s not exactly wife swapping (or Life swapping as Peterson and Kekich called it) but in Cleveland Dennis Eckersley’s wife left him for teammate Rick Manning. The Indians decided to trade away the promising starter and keep the injured center fielder in one of numerous bad trades Cleveland had for a third of a century after Rocky Colavito.