Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yet Another 1986 World Series Game 6 Blog

As any Mets fan would know, today is the 23rd anniversary of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. For anyone who witnessed it on TV (or the millions of people who claimed to be there), it remains the single greatest moment in Mets history. You will probably see the video to the ball rolling through Buckner's legs, but Studious Metsimus is going to share some different things with you regarding Game 6.

Here are some videos that you may or may not have seen before. The first one is a TV promo for the 1986 World Series featuring one of my all-time fav'rit TV characters, ALF:

From Steiner Sports, here is Mookie Wilson (my hero) speaking candidly about Bill Buckner and the error that forever linked them together in baseball history, similar to the way Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca were linked following Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round The World" in 1951 to give the New York Giants the NL pennant over Fred Wilpon's beloved Brooklyn Dodgers.

To close out the video portion of today's blog, I give you what the bottom of the tenth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series would have looked like had it been played out on Nintendo's RBI Baseball game. I used to play that game in my friend's garage. He used to steal bases on me at will as I constantly threw the ball to the wrong base! But I digress. Enjoy the Nintendo version of this classic Mets moment:

Here are some additional links with more interesting takes on the miraculous Game 6:

Jason at Remembering Shea shares his memories of the game that forever cemented his status as a Mets fan.

Lou at Never Forget '69 posted the entire WHN radio transcript of the bottom of the tenth inning, as voiced by the late Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne.

Ed at Mets Merized Online (no relation to your Studious Metsimus moderator) wrote a recap of Game 6 featuring some interesting tidbits you may have forgotten about the game, such as Mookie Wilson being a hero BEFORE the tenth inning.

Twenty-three years. The memories are still fresh in our minds as if it were only twenty-three minutes ago that Mookie hit the little roller up along first.

Where were you when Bill Buckner let Mookie's ground ball go through his legs? Feel free to share your thoughts. Studious Metsimus would love to hear your memories of what many consider the greatest moment in Mets history.

Little roller up along first. Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!

Okay, I'll give you one more video before I go. This is for those people who don't have the DVD of the 1986 World Series or for those with poor memories. Enjoy!


Coop said...

My dad was actually at this game due to having tickets to game 2 and game 3 home games (cause Game 6 was the 3rd home game) - anyway, I stayed up with my mom, who was home with me. And when the Mets were down two runs in the 10th, I didn't panic. Being 10 years old. I kind of had an eerie calm that everything was going to turn out right. Mom had fallen asleep by the time the winning run had scored but my cheering woke her up. About an hour later, Dad had called. A few Sox fans from Rhode Island had Game 7 tickets. They couldn't make the game, thinking the team was going to win Game 6. They sold them at a discount (I guess they didn't have weather access then, since the original Game7 was rained out). Dad called and said we were all going to Game 7. My first and only World Series game. Certainly not my last playoff game.

Ed Leyro (and Joey) said...

Sigh...Can I borrow your Dad?

I also had a feeling they were going to come back. It didn't feel like one of those games when you just want the last out to come because you know it's over. I fully expected them to come back, just not in the way they did.

The weird thing is, usually when you want a team to rally and the tying or go-ahead run comes up to bat, you want him to hit a homer. At no point in the rally did I pray for a homer. I kept asking for more hits, not a homer. Guess not being greedy helped us out.