October 16, 2000 – Mets win the National League pennant
The black jerseys were at their height in 2000 and seemed to be exactly what the club needed in big postseason games—at least until the World Series.
The Mets had the chance to put on the black uniforms yet again on October 16, 2000. In the same spot as they were in Jones’ one-hitter, it would take one more win for the team to advance another round.
It wasn’t Jones on the mound at Shea Stadium for this clincher. Instead, Mike Hampton got the call versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Trying to outduel his teammate Jones, Hampton also went all nine innings and earned a shutout in the 7-0 win. Hampton allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 8 Cardinals batters.
This game was all New York after the first inning. Bottom of the first began with a Timo Perez single, stolen base, and error before Edgardo Alfonzo even finished his at-bat. Alfonzo managed to single into left field to drive in the first run of the game. The Mets would go on to lead 3-0 and bat around in the inning. It was smooth sailing from there with only singles against them.
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The return of the black jerseys to the Mets should bring more positive moments and games. There are just three of them from an era with some of the franchise’s very best.