The Mets are honoring their 1986 championship team this weekend. That World Series had numerous moments capable of being etched into our memories forever, but one clearly stands out: Mookie Wilson’s ground ball that scooted between Bill Buckner’s legs.
I was in the family room of my ex-wife, watching the game with her and my father-in-law. It was pretty quiet.
Anthony Arthur was a Mets’ fan and he took me out to Shea that summer. The game, and what had been a marvelous season, were slowly and agonizingly slipping away in the tenth inning of Game 6 with Boston holding a 5-3 lead.
After Calvin Schiraldi retired the first two Mets, I put my hand on his shoulder and said, “Well, they had a great season. Maybe next year.”
Gary Carter singled, and Kevin Mitchell followed with the same. As ’86 Mets lore has it, by this time Keith Hernandez was in manager Davey Johnson’s office, his feet propped on the desk as he sipped a beer.
I wonder if it was a Reingold?
Ray Knight singled and it was 5-4.
Enter Bob Stanley, who threw a wild pitch and all of a sudden the game was tied. Technically, it was tied, but we all knew the game was over. And likely the World Series.
I always wondered, as those in New England probably still do, why Roger Clemens wasn’t called in to pitch?
It might be the most memorable moment in Mets’ history. VIDEO OF BOB MURPHY’S CALL.
I wonder, where were you when “the ball gets by Buckner?’’
I’d love to know.