Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m still not over Mike Scioscia’s home run against Doc Gooden, which occurred 25 years ago Wednesday, during the 1988 playoffs. It crushed me, as it did every fan and every player. My nemesis in high school, Bret, was a Dodgers fan and never let me forget it, so I’m sure the pain lingers for reasons I don’t fully understand. But I know I’m not alone.
In the Daily News, John Harper talks with Scioscia, Gooden and other members from the 1988 Mets, while doing a painful and terrifically detailed job telling the story of the home run and the legacy of ’88 playoffs between the Mets and Dodgers.
“What I remember most is how quiet it got at Shea. It was really eerie,” Scioscia told Harper about the ballpark following his home run. “It was the first time I could ever remember running around the bases and hearing my spikes crunching as they hit the ground. And I’m thinking, ‘this is pretty cool but it’s almost surreal.’ ”
The 1988 Mets were the best baseball team I ever rooted for. They were more talented than the 1986 guys, though maybe not as fun. It’s difficult not to wonder how life may have gone for this franchise had they been owners of two World Series championships in three years, with 1986 being only the beginning…
Instead, ’86 is an oasis, ’88 is painful and it was all downhill for nearly a decade.
Would Darryl Strawberry have left for Los Angeles two years later? Would there have been a need for Bobby Bonilla? It’s a futile game, but one I repeatedly think about, which makes me sick.
To read Harper’s outstanding story, click here to go to the Daily News.