Michael Baron, ContributorTwenty-seven years ago, the Mets won Game 6 of the 1986 World Series in dramatic fashion.
It doesn’t feel like that long ago. To me, 2006 feels like eons ago in comparison, probably because I relive all of that misery ever since then on a daily basis. There have been many awesome moments at Shea Stadium and Citi Field since the Mets last won the World Series, but the end of Game 6 was like being wrapped in pure joy as a sports fan. It was an epic and iconic moment in baseball history, and undoubtedly part of one of the best World Series ever played.
I was six years old at the time, but I have very vivid memories of that postseason.
I was fortunate to be able to attend Game 3 of the NLCS and Game 6 of the World Series (which happened to be two of the most phenomenal games in the history of Shea Stadium). October 25 is my mother’s birthday, and my dad felt obligated to spend the night with her, so he sent me to the game with my two cousins in our season box, Loge 472A. From our seats, it was difficult to see Mookie’s ground ball roll through Bill Buckner’s legs, but we knew something absolutely amazing happened. I never heard Shea Stadium as loud as it was that night. The stadium was shaking. My ears were ringing. It was all worth it. I remember recapping what happened in Game 6 to my first grade class that Monday, telling them, “The most amazing game was played on Saturday, and tonight, the Mets have to win the World Series!”
I still get chills every time I see a replay of that moment. I still can’t believe that actually happened. Whether you’re a Mets fan or not, it seems people appreciate the significance of the comeback in Game 6 and the image of Mookie, Buckner and Ray Knight as one of the greatest moments in sports history.