The New York Mets have had their fair share of big-time moments throughout their team history. It is evidenced through championship and pennant winning teams that have encompassed Mets fans of all ages, so which moments stand out above the rest that give Mets fans reasons to believe at all times?
Mets clutch moment: Tommie Agee’s two run-saving catches in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series
The Mets and the 109-win Baltimore Orioles split the first two games of the 19-9 World Series in Baltimore, setting up a pivotal Game 3 at Shea Stadium, the first World Series game played in Queens, where Tommie Agee played hero.
Agee led off the game for the Mets with a home run to get things started, and the Mets built a lead from there.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Mets were ahead 3-0 with the Orioles having runners at the corners with two outs. Baltimore catcher Elrod Hendricks hit a deep fly ball into left center field where Agee ran to his right at full speed and made a brilliant running catch slamming right into the 39- sign in left center to end the inning and save two runs.
Then, with a 4-0 lead in the seventh, the Orioles loaded the bases on three straight two-out walks. Paul Blair had the chance to change the whole series with a line drive into right center field. But Agee made another brilliant catch, this time, tumbling to his left to save what could have been an inside-the-park grand slam.
The Mets won the game 5-0 on their way to one of the most improbable World Series titles in the sport’s history.