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#4 Mets win the World Series 1986 Game 7

In their first World Series appearance since 1973, the Mets were seeking their first title since 1969. A lively series had come to a breaking point in a deciding game 7. Ron Darling was on the mound facing off against the Red Sox under the intense lights of the cold October night at Shea Stadium.

The Mets fell into quick trouble as they immediately fell behind by a deficit of 3-0 in the second inning. A fury of runs finally ensued in the bottom of the sixth with the Mets evening the score at three runs each. Then comes the bottom of the seventh the Mets were in search of a vital lead.

Ray Knight marched into the batter’s box and attacks a pitch that stays up too long. His bullet soars off the bat and lands on a line into the left-field bleachers below the Marlboro sign against a sprawled out faded blue tarp.

A zealous Knight storms around the bases brimming with utter, unadulterated joy, knowing he has put his team in position to claim the World Series as their own. The third baseman, who played a truly vital role in this postseason run had given the Mets a lead that they would not relinquish.

The Mets then entered the bottom of the eighth inning clinging to a 6-5 lead with three outs to record before attaining their ultimate goal. Darryl Strawberry absolutely crushed a ball nearly out of sight. It is as if the ball had been launched from a piece of artillery at an enemy fortification. This was the blow that sealed the game for the home team.

The following inning Jesse Orosco finishes the job and clinched the Mets second World Series title. A tally that they have not yet been able to add upon since.