By 1986 the Mets had performed a baseball miracle in 1969 by defeating the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series and after some lean years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Mets were a National League powerhouse in the mid-1980s. Outfielder Kevin Mitchell grounded out to third, as Wilson took second. And it was easy, real easy.”[fn]Rob Neyer, “Great Scott’s Power Burned Brightest in ’86,” ESPN.com, October 11, 2001, http://sports.espn.go.com/espn? With catcher Alan Ashby at bat, Houston seemed on the verge of breaking the game open. But an even more discouraging defeat awaited the Astros and their fans on October 15, 1986, in a seven-game NLCS with the New York Mets.
There were kids spitting on customers from a train. On October 15, 1986, the New York Mets led the Houston Astros three games to two in the NLCS after an extra-inning victory in Game Five at Shea Stadium. The Mets played solid conventional baseball, and Orosco bunted Backman to third. The playoff series became part baseball, part sociology and full-time civic obsession in a city that is quietly developing one of the nation’s greatest records of sporting frustration.” For example, Houston businessman Harrison Williams complained that God had deserted Houston, and even oil prices were dropping. But for longtime Houston fans, these recent failures may be somewhat less painful than the agonizing times the club came close to attaining a championship, only to fall short. As to what might have happened in a Game Seven, Scott made no idle boasts, but concluded that he would always wonder about what might have been. Smith intentionally walked Wally Backman to load the bases. Heep, however, lacked a flair for the dramatic and was unable to demolish the bridge to Scott as he struck out on a full count pitch.
Many thanks to him. The Astros protested to no avail, although television replays seemed to indicate that Reynolds was, indeed, safe. Orosco struck out Doran to start the inning, but the next batter, Billy Hatcher, who hit only six home runs during the regular season, worked Orosco to a three-two count before hitting a home run off the left-field foul pole screen. Although Strawberry struck out 12 times in 22 at bats in the series with a .227 batting average, he had started what proved to be the winning rally. Attner concluded that the Mets had “won too much and tossed up a few too many high-fives to allow themselves to court love—unless it’s in the context of ‘we love to see them lose.’”[fn]Paul Attner, “Scott Humiliates Mets,” The Sporting News, October 20, 1986, 36. On October 15, 1986, Game 6 of the NLCS ran so long (lasting for 16 innings, 5 hours and 29 minutes), it bumped up against the start time of Game 7 of the ALCS (also on ABC). The score remained tied at three apiece going into the 14th when Lanier again surprised many Houston fans with his managing decision, bringing in veteran Aurelio Lopez rather than Charlie Kerfeld, who had a better year than Lopez in the Houston bullpen. Izenberg quipped, “Hermann Goering probably got a better reception at the Nuremberg Trials.”[fn]Izenberg, The Greatest Game Ever Played, 74–5.[/fn]. 1969 Mets: World Series Game #4: Tom Terrific- Swoboda's Catch & J.C. Martin's Bunt- Amazing!
On October 15, 1986, the New York Mets led the Houston Astros three games to two in the NLCS after an extra-inning victory in Game Five at Shea Stadium. Lopez immediately got into trouble. At a meeting on the mound, Hernandez berated Carter and Orosco for employing too many fastballs. It’s just the way it is . The Mets finished second in both 1984 and 1985 before winning the National League Eastern Division with 108 victories in 1986. Mets manager Davey Johnson insisted, “If we win the sixth game, we don’t have to think about Scott in the seventh game.” As the Mets prepared to face the Astros in the crucial game six, Dave Anderson of the New York Times seemed to sum up the hopes and fears of the Mets organization, proclaiming, “But if the Mets lose today, then the Astros’ right hander who throws what the Mets suspect is a split-fingered sandpaper ball, will be out there on the mound in the Astrodome again tomorrow night.
On December 10, 1982, the Mets lost patience and traded Scott to the Astros for outfielder Danny Heep—and ironically the two would face one another in the 1986 championship series. well, we just couldn’t do it . I don’t want to watch the World Series on television. But we had four ‘must’ games in this series.”[fn]Dave Anderson, “Sports of the Times; 64-Inning Classic,” New York Times, October 12, 1986.
Houston was up 3–0, but the botched squeeze play squelched what might have been a bigger inning, and the crowd was uneasy. This brought Dykstra to the plate, hitting .273 for the series on a team that could muster only an anemic team average of .189. Whether one believed that Scott enjoyed super powers, employed an emery board to doctor the ball, or simply possessed two superior pitches, Scott dominated the Mets with a 3–1 victory. Indeed, going back to 1962 the fates of the two franchises appeared linked in a tale of two cities in which Houston always seemed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
[/fn], George Vecsey of The New York Times rejoiced that the Mets were finally victorious over Houston who had dominated them going back to that inaugural 1962 expansion season.
The Astros were now down to their last out with the club’s best power hitter, Glenn Davis, approaching the plate. [/fn] Wally Backman agreed, insisting, “I think it’s the best series people have seen in America in a long time. After the no-hitter, however, Craig seemed to back away from his previous accusation, asserting, “If he’s doing anything illegal, he’d make a hell of a thief.
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