The Mets don’t play at Shea Stadium any more. They moved over to the lovely Citi Field in 2009. The aren’t too many great memories left over from Shea – the 1986 World Championship and the Miracle Mets notwithstanding.
Last night, Brett Gardner made a catch which immediately reminded me of the Shea’s last great moment – the unbelievable Game 7 catch by Endy Chavez during the 2006 NLCS. Chavez robbed Scott Rolen in the sixth inning, preserving a 1-1 tie in a game the Mets went on to lose to the eventual World Series champions.
I remember watching this game on a flight to Vegas with 20 bros. It as the early days of live TV on airplanes so a huge group of dudes whooping it up on a quiet flight made the whole thing slightly surreal.
Brett Gardner’s catch wasn’t as awesome and it wasn’t in as big a moment, but it was still pretty great. Perfectly timed and executed, also preserving a tie in a game his team would eventually lose. The circle of life, man.