Author: Clare Lafferty
As I watched yet another ex-Met pitch a perfect game last weekend, I began to wonder - what game in Mets history could be considered our "perfect" game, since we don't have a legitimate one in our history?
Would it be the clinching games in 1969 or 1986 that gave the Mets their two World Championships? How about the "grand slam single" game? The Mike Piazza homer in 2001 in the first game back after the terrorist attacks? Of course, you would have to consider Game 6 in 1986 - the league championship game 6 against the Astros or the game against Boston.
For me, the most perfect game I have seen pitched was Tom Seaver in 1969 - the one hitter against the Cubs. You could sense the history in the air as the game got further along. And when Jimmy Qualls hit that single in the ninth, it felt like someone punched your stomach and all the air was taken out of your body. It was devestating but at the same time, you were so proud of Seaver. He cemented himself as the best player in the organization that day.
So, maybe we don't have that perfect game or no-hitter yet. For me, the perfect games are the ones that you remember with fondness and ones that you enjoy with family and good friends.I am holiding out hope that I will see that no-no someday - you gotta believe!