This was by far the most entertaining game of the season. I found myself furiously scribbling notes throughout while laughing, applauding and yelling at my TV. Here’s what we witnessed on a beautiful June night:
--Pedro Martinez doesn’t let much phase him as a New York Met, especially when he gets drenched by the stadium’s sprinkler system coming on for no apparent reason.
--Another drinking game has started when the Mets are on the WB11: whenever Tom Seaver says, "Right down Broadway," chug half a beer.
--Mike Piazza can score from first on a double to right field—and look as fast as I do when I go for a jog.
--Kaz Matsui can get a clutch hit once in a while, which he’ll need to do more of if Miguel Cairo is out for a few days with the hamstring pull.
--Pedro Martinez is charismatic even at the plate, especially when he gets his first hit since 1997 on a dribbler that goes 20 feet from home plate.
But most of all, the name of this game will be filed as "Cameron’s Catch" for years to come. Jose Cruz Jr. hit a curving line drive to right field which had Mike Cameron running hard. Cameron slipped, fell down and still somehow reached up to catch the ball.
"Can I get it?"
"I am awesome!!"
It was, without hyperbole, one of the best catches I have ever seen. The looks on Cameron’s and Martinez’s face after that catch in the dugout were unforgettable. It’s the kind of play that we’ll look back upon as a turning point if the Mets actually make a run for the division this year.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
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Didn't see this one, but it doesn't surprise me. In one of his first games with the Mariners (after having effectively replaced Ken Griffey Jr.), Mike Cameron made an unbelievable catch to rob Derek Jeter of a home run. It was one of those reach over the fence jobs, made all the better because of the opponent.
Of course, Jeter took it out on the team in coming years, punishing them in the 2000 and 2001 playoffs.
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