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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mike Scioscia - A Met Killer from Way Back

Since the Angels' rise as an AL Western power in the early 2000's, Met fans have enjoyed watching Mike Scioscia give hell to the NY Yankees. Possibly most enjoyable was their 2002 run to becoming World Series Champions. The Wild Card Angels picked off the heavily favored Yanks in the Division Series. The Angels went on to beat the Twins in the ALCS and then took World Series from Barry "Lab Rat" Bonds and the San Francisco Giants.
However, pulling for Mike Scioscia is something a long time Met never fan would never do. Only an even greater hatred for the Yankees and maybe Bonds could ever pull a true Met over to Mike's pudgy dark side. Young Blobbers may only know Mike Scioscia as the brilliant baseball mind from the west with a round face and red jacket who most resembles a human tomato.
The Mets won 100 games in 88' and were more seasoned and more powerful than when they took it all in 86.' But in game 4 of the 1988 NLCS, Mike Scioscia was a Met killer. Mets Blob was at Shea on that frigid Flushing night in early October.
The Blob's seats for the East vs. West showdown were not good. In fact they weren't even "decent", "not bad", or "OK." They sucked. Seated in the second to last row of the upper deck on the third base side, the Blob needed a sherpa to find the seats and had a greater chance of a bag of peanuts falling in his lap from a passing 747 than ever seeing a vendor in the furthest reaches of Shea.
But no matter, it was the NLCS, Doc was on the hill, and the Blob was there freezing his ass off and screaming his head off. All was warm in the hearts of Met fans until...
(from Wikipedia)
With a 4–2 lead going into the ninth inning, and Gooden cruising, the Mets looked to be a lock to take a commanding three games to one lead in the series. Since the first inning, Gooden had allowed one hit, and only four baserunners. But uncharacteristically, Gooden walked John Shelby to lead off the ninth, after having a two-strike count. Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia then drilled a shocking two-run home run into the Mets bullpen in right field to tie the game.
The game lasted into the twelfth inning, where Kirk Gibson hit a two-out solo home run off Roger McDowell.
Although the Mets loaded the bases in their half of the twelfth inning, Orel Hershiser came in from the bullpen, the day after starting, and got McReynolds to fly out for the final out of the game. Hershiser got the save, and the Dodger win tied the series at two games apiece.
In the 1988 season, Sciosica only hit 3 home runs the whole year. After defeating the Mets in 7 games, Gibson's one legged heroics and Hershiser dominance would carry the Dodgers to the World Series title over The Oakland A's 1988.

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