Sunday, August 23, 2009

1969 World Champion Mets were Honored at Citifield Last Night

I remember the 1969 baseball season quite well as I was a student at City College of New York. Until that point the Mets were baseball's loveable losers. They started out the season 18-23 but won 38 out of 49 to win the National League East title. They beat the Atlanta Braves in 3 games during the first League Championship Series. They beat the highly favored Baltimore Orioles 4 games to one. Back then the postseason games were played in daytime so people used to bring transistor radios to work or school. I remember cutting class once to sit around someone's radio to hear the World Series.

Last night the living members of the 1969 team and coaching staff were introduced. Also families of manager Gil Hodges, Tommy Agee, Tug McGraw, Don Cardwell, and Cal Koonce were introduced to the fans. We saw videos of some of the spectacular catches that were made duing the series. Between innings the Greatest Hits of 1969 were played. The video below lasts about 9 minutes.

I guess I should talk about the game. Sadly, the 1969 team could not rub some of it magic off the injury depleted 2009 team. The Mets lost 4-1 to the Phillies. There were pleny of Philadelphia Phillies fans in the stand who were quite happy.

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