About My 1986 NLCS Mets Vs Astros Collection:
It was late September in 1986 when it became apparent that the Houston Astros were destined to play the New York Mets in Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Series….and that is when I called my friend, Dean Berube, to see if he wanted to join me on a trip to The Big Apple (NYC) to see games 3, 4 and 5 of the NLCS…..that is, of course, if his brother, Dwight, who was in charge of Harry M. Stevens Company’s concessions, restaurants and souvenir stands at Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows, could get us tickets for the games…..which he did.
With the NLCS tied at 1 – 1, the series moved to Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets in Flushing Meadows, Queens NY….as Game 3 began with the Astros scoring 2 runs in both the 1st and 2nd innings off Mets starter Ron Darling…..while Astros starter Bob Knepper held the Mets scoreless until the bottom of the 6th….when the Mets outfielder Daryl Strawberry tied the game with a 3-run homer off Knepper. The Astros would score a run in the 7th to take the lead at 5 -4….when in the bottom of the 9th, Mets Lynn Dykstra would hit a 2-run walk-off homer to win the game.
The following day saw Astros P Mike Scott pitch another gem in Game 4, like he did in Game 1, by holding the Mets to 1 run on 3 hits…..as the Astros tied the series at 2 – 2….while Game 5 was a rain-out….and subsequently moved to Tuesday, October 14 noon start…..as Game 5 was a pitchers’ duel between Mets Dwight Gooden and Astros Nolan Ryan….as Gooden allowed just one run on 9 hits in 10 innings…..while Ryan also surrendered a single run on two hits while striking out 12 in nine innings. With no score in the top of the second, Gooden surrendered consecutive singles to Kevin Bass and José Cruz, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. He then struck out Alan Ashby on a full count, and induced Craig Reynolds to ground into a double play to escape the jam. Replays showed that Reynolds appeared to beat out the play at first base, but he was called out by umpire Fred Brocklander, negating a potential run from Kevin Bass that would have given the Astros a 1–0 lead.
Since brother Dwight had provided Dean and I great tickets on the 1st row of the Mezzanine Section at Shea Stadium, right behind and above the Mets dugout on the 1st base side. Anyone who has ever gone to a baseball game with me knows that I am an ardent “razzer”…..as I love to “razz” opposing players….and when I get the opportunity to be within “razzing” distance of the opposing players….that is when I become incessant….so, when you put a loud voice inside of an incessant “razzer”, you have the makings of a bunch of fireworks to go off…..then when you add to that equation by putting the “razzer extraordinaire” in the middle of the hometown crowd….well, suffice to say, tempers will flare. The truth be known, by the end of the 2nd inning of the 1st game at Shea Stadium, the Mets fans who surrounded Dean and I, threatened to either “piss” on the razzing Astros fan or throw me off the balcony of the Mezzanine. However, by the end of Game 5 (3rd at Shea), with the Mets taking 2 out of the 3 games, I had to eat a lot of “Humble Pie” after 3 days of constant razzing….but I must admit, the Mets fans were really awesome….cuz they truly love an ardent fan for the opposing team who has the “cojones” to root for his team while sitting among the opposition….and especially if that fan was a “master razzer”.
SALES PRICE FOR MY ENTIRE 1986 NLCS METS VS ASTROS MEMORABILIA AND VIDEO COLLECTION IS $20,000 (USD) Video Content Includes 55+/- Videos Predominately Viewed Here At ImaSportsphile
Thanks to brother Dwight, general manager of all food concessions, restaurants and souvenir shops at Shea Stadium for Harry M. Stevens Company, I was given many wonderful pieces of memorabilia of the 1986 National League Championship Series between the Houston Astros vs. the New York Mets as follows: