Mets played first ever game in Mexico 12 years ago today
By Richard Heaton
The Mets were a part of history 12 years ago. On August 16th, 1996, they played against the padres in the first ever game in Mexico.
While the New York Mets did lose this game, it was a very special game indeed. Up until this day, no MLB games have ever been played in Mexico, or outside of the United States for that matter. It was a Friday night game that everyone would remember.
The Mets lineup consisted of guys like Edgardo Alfonzo and Todd Hundley. The Padres sent out Tony Gwynn and even Rickey Henderson.
The Padres began the game scoring runs non stop. They gave up two runs in the 1st inning and another three in the 4rd. Before they knew it, they were losing by a score of 15-0 entering the 7th inning. But they weren’t going to go down without a fight.
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In the top of the 9th they sent out 12 batters and scored seven runs but by the end of the game, they lost by a score of 15-10.
Paul Byrd was the only pitcher for the Mets who didn’t give up any runs. He left the team after that season and continued to pitch until 2009.
Despite the loss, history was made. In total, 23,699 fans were in attendance at the Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey. They would go on to two more games in Mexico as part of the three game series on August 17th and 18th.
Three years later, the Rockies and Padres played one game in Mexico, and that was the last MLB action Mexico saw until this season when the Padres and Dodgers faced off for three games.
It wasn’t all bad news for the team. They did go on to win the second game of the series.
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The Mets have a lifetime 3-6 record when playing on international soil. Thy are the only team to play in three different international locations. Those locations are Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Japan.