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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Klapisch: Mets’ 16-13 win over Braves in 1985 an instant classic

Thirty years ago today (and tomorrow morning), announcer John Sterling was well on his way to being beyond insufferable…

The voice on the other end of the phone was tense. The message was a newspaper editor’s equivalent of a naked threat.

“Need that story.”

It was 30 years ago today. More importantly, it was past 4 a.m. and I was on deadline in the press box at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium, trying to find language that would capture the history I’d just witnessed.

The Mets and Braves had staggered to the finish line of a 19-inning game that’s remembered as one of the longest and craziest ever played. The Mets won, 16-13, but the NFL-like score leaves out the incredible details – like the 43 players used by both teams, the 46 hits, the 37 runners left on base, the 22 walks, Keith Hernandez hitting for the cycle (albeit in 10 at-bats) and Gary Carter catching the whole way.

And me? I was a beat reporter at the New York Post, back when the tabloid had seven editions, including its sports final at 1:45 a.m. designed to include West Coast results. But the edict came down when the Mets and Braves blew past the last deadline – they would hold for the final score.

Little did my editor know what he’d gotten himself into. Already, because of rain, the game was delayed by nearly two hours – first pitch wasn’t delivered until 9:04 p.m.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, extra innings, mets, pitchers hitting, rain delays

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tampa’s Wilson does it all in marathon win -  Backstop catches 15 innings, hurls two frames, slugs first pro homer

Officially, Yankees prospect Wes Wilson is listed as a catcher. Unofficially, he’s an iron man two-way player, a lights-out closer, a jokester, and after his late-innings exploits Thursday, somewhat of a Tampa hero.

Wilson caught 15 innings behind the plate before tossing two perfect innings of relief and capping his mammoth night with a go-ahead homer in the 17th frame as the Class A Advanced Yankees outlasted the host Bradenton Marauders, 5-4.

It’s not every day that you see a 17-inning game where a position player who’s in the game as a pitcher gives up a game-winning home run to another position player who’s in the game as a pitcher (and throwing knuckleballs, no less).



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