Todd Pratt walks it off
The prior slide was the 1999 NLCS but to get there you knew some magic had to happen first. I’m going to bring you back just the series before where the Mets faced the Diamondbacks in the 1999 NLDS.
The Mets took Game 1 of the NLDS and took control of the series. After losing Game 2 the Mets came back home to Flushings where they won Game 3 and saw themselves one win away from advancing to the NLCS. The Mets knew they needed to win Game 4 because if not the decisive Game 5 would have been back in Arizona.
Edgardo Alfonzo got the scoring going with a solo shot in the fourth that got Shea Stadium rocking early. The Braves quickly answered back with a solo shot by Greg Colbrunn in the top of the fifth to knot the game back at one.
The Mets then entered the eighth inning with a 2-1 before Al Leiter found himself in trouble and then Armando Benitez relinquished two runs to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead. The Mets then tied it back up in the bottom half of the inning when Roger Cedeno hit a sacrifice fly that scored Alfonzo.
The game heading to extras where John Franco entered the game and retired the Diamondbacks in order to now give the Mets a chance to advance to the NLCS. After retiring the first batter up came Todd Pratt. I’m sure Mets fans remember the Chris Berman call that afternoon:
“Oh that’s hit well to center field! Finley goes back, back, back…it’s over! It’s over! Todd Pratt, one of the most unlikely heroes, has hit it to dead center field! The Mets have won it in ten, 4-3!”
Todd Pratt took Matt Mantei over the center field wall where Steve Finley made a leaping attempt but the ball just made it over the glove. Pratt sent the Mets to the NLCS and Shea Stadium was in a frenzy.