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.
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.
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.
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
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.