Here’s what happened on this day in New York Mets history:
1989: The New York Mets blast the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0. Kevin McReynolds hit for the cycle (the first Met to accomplish the feat since Keith Hernandez did in 1985) and Sid Fernandez pitched a four-hit complete game shutout.
2000: After vetoing a trade to the New York Mets 10 days earlier, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin helped his team — the Reds — to a 6-0 victory over the Mets at Shea Stadium. Larkin was booed by the crowd of 42,774 at Shea. ”This crowd takes the team personally, and I think they felt a little personal attack there,” said Mets manager Bobby Valentine. ”But they know he’s a tremendous player and respect him for that.”
2004: Tom Glavine gave up six runs in five innings as the New York Mets dropped a 6-5 decision to the Atlanta Braves. The loss completed a three-game sweep by the Braves and put the Mets nine games behind in the National League East. ”It’s not impossible,” Braden Looper told the media. ”But it’s definitely hard.” Manager Art Howe admitted publicly that being nine games out would be ”a tough hill to climb.” The Mets never reached the hill.
2010: The New York Mets honor the 1986 World Champions, placing former general manager Frank Cashen, manager Davey Johnson, pitcher Dwight Gooden and outfielder Darryl Strawberry in the new Mets Hall of Fame. The weekend was filled with fanfare and a pre-game ceremony prior to Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.