It was Game 162. The score was 1-1, bottom of the 9th. To keep their playoff hopes alive, the Mets needed one more win, one that would complete a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With one out, Melvin Mora lined a single to right. Edgardo Alfonzo did the same, sending Mora to third. After John Olerud was walked intentionally, right-hander Brad Clonz was thrown into a nightmare situation: bases loaded, one out, the game on the line. The batter? Mike Piazza. 50,000 fans (myself included) prepared to see their hero win it with one swing and send the Mets to — as Howie Rose put it — their first “semblance of postseason play” in 11 years. But the bat never left Piazza’s shoulder. And the rest is history.
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