NY Mets: Three worst heartbreaking pitches thrown in franchise history
By Tim Boyle
A single swing can change the course of a season, a team, and of MLB history. The same is true for a lone pitch. Unfortunately, not every ball thrown by a New York Mets pitcher did what it was supposed to do.
In the franchise’s history, there have been some incredibly memorable catches, home runs, and walk-off victories. I’d like to dive into the darker side of Mets lore and focus on some heartache.
These three pitches delivered from the mound to home plate were supposed to go differently for the Metropolitans. Instead, they live in infamy.
Reggie Jackson has his Mets revenge in the 1973 World Series
There is a lot of history to this Mets pitch. It all began in 1966 when the Mets drafted Steve Chilcott first overall. Selected right behind him was Reggie Jackson, the future Hall of Famer.
As it has been told, the Mets didn’t draft Jackson for the most backward reason of all: his race. It’s a scar on the history of the franchise.
Jackson did have his revenge. Chilcott is known as one of the biggest draft busts of all-time while Jackson remains a legendary slugger. He got his direct revenge on the Mets in the 1973 World Series on one poor pitch from Jon Matlack.
The Miracle Mets of 1973 took the series against the Oakland Athletics all the way to Game 7. Mets starter Jon Matlack was sailing smoothly until the third inning. A two-run shot by Bert Campaneris opened up the scoring. Three batters later, Jackson put the game a little more out of reach.
With one on and two out, Jackson drove a pitch from Matlack over the outfield wall for the second two-run home run of the inning. Like that, the Athletics led 4-0. It was the last pitch Matlack threw that day.
New York went on to lose the game 5-2.