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THE FIRST OF MANY

May 4, 1988 at Shea Sta­dium: Cohen’s first game as a Mets broad­caster. The Mets beat the Astros 8-0. “I was as ner­vous as a hu­man be­ing could pos­si­bly be, to the point of paral­y­sis, and (Mur­phy) was able to calm my nerves and I was at least able to func­tion and get through that day.”

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

Oct. 3, 1993 in Miami: Cohen’s first 10 sea­sons were mostly filled with mis­ery as the Mets missed the play­offs from 1989 through 1998. It was al­most fit­ting that there was a rain de­lay in the ninth in­ning of the fi­nal game of the 1993 sea­son,

Oct. 3, 1999 at Shea: Brad Clontz’s wild pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth al­lowed Melvin Mora to score, giv­ing the Mets a 2-1 win and keep­ing them alive in the wild-card race in Game 162.

WIN AND IN

Oct. 4, 1999 in Cincin­nati: In Game 163, Al Leiter throws a twohit shutout in the one-game play­off to send the Mets to the play­offs, snap­ping the 10-sea­son post­sea­son drought. Cohen said the 1999 sea­son “by far was the most fun I’ve had as a Mets broad­caster.”

NO PI­AZZA, NO PROB­LEM

Oct. 9, 1999 at Shea: With Mike Pi­azza out in­jured, Todd Pratt hits a walkoff, se­ries-clinch­ing solo homer to cen­ter in the 10th in­ning, just out of the reach of a leap­ing Steve Fin­ley to give the Mets a 4-3 win in Game 4 of the NLDS and a 3-1 se­ries win over Ari­zona.

GRAND SIN­GLE

Oct. 17, 1999 at Shea: In Game 5 of the NLCS against At­lanta, with the Mets trail­ing 3-1 in the se­ries and the game tied 3-3 in the 15th in­ning af­ter Todd Pratt’s bases-loaded walk, Robin Ven­tura, who was 1-for18 in the se­ries, smashed a 2-1 pitch off Kevin McGlinchy over the wall in right-cen­ter. Ven­tura was mobbed by team­mates be­tween first and sec­ond, never mak­ing it to sec­ond base. He was there­fore of­fi­cially cred­ited with a sin­gle.

BENNY AND THE METS

Oct. 7, 2000 at Shea: In Game 3 of the NLDS against the Giants, Benny Ag­bayani hits a walkoff home run in the 13th in­ning to give the Mets a 2-1 se­ries lead.

ONE-HIT WON­DER

Oct. 8, 2000 at Shea: Bobby J. Jones throws a one-hit shutout in Game 4 of the NLDS, clinch­ing the se­ries and send­ing the Mets to the NLCS.

Oct. 16, 2000 at Shea: Timo Perez jumps in ju­bi­la­tion be­fore even catch­ing the fi­nal out to clinch the Mets’ fourth NL pen­nant and their first since 1986, send­ing them to the World Se­ries. Mike Hamp­ton throws a three-hit shutout.

THE BAT THROW

Oct. 22, 2000 at Yankee Sta­dium: In Game 2 of the Sub­way World Se­ries, Roger Cle­mens throws a piece of Pi­azza’s bro­ken bat in Pi­azza’s direc­tion, nar­rowly miss­ing him. “‘Has Cle­mens lost his mind?’ I be­lieve those were the words I used,” Cohen said.

Oct. 25, 2000 at Shea: The Mets were rid­ing high off win­ning Game 3 to get back into the se­ries, but Derek Jeter homers on the first pitch of Game 4, which Cohen calls the most im­por­tant mo­ment of the se­ries. “That was ba­si­cally it,” Cohen said.

NEVER FORGET

Sept. 17, 2001 in Pitts­burgh: The Mets played their first game af­ter 9/11 in Pitts­burgh. “Every­body for­gets the Mets played games be­fore the re­turn to New York,” Cohen

HOWARD SIM­MONS/DAILY NEWS, AP & GETTY

Gary Cohen has count­less mem­o­ries over 30 years of Met games with Ron Dar­ling and Keith Her­nan­dez, in­clud­ing (clockwise from top r.) Jo­han San­tana’s no­hit­ter, Mike Pi­azza and Tom Seaver clos­ing Shea, Car­los Bel­tran whiff­ing to end 2006 NLCS, Roger Cle­mens go­ing batty against Pi­azza in Se­ries, Robin Ven­tura’s grand slam sin­gle in 1999 play­offs, Todd Pratt’s walkoff HR against Ari­zona in ’99 NLDS and Matt Franco’s walkoff sin­gle to beat Yanks in reg­u­lar sea­son Sub­way Se­ries in ’99.

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