Submitted by: AJ
Age: Young enough to have idolized Mike Piazza as my childhood hero
Stadium: Shea Stadium
I remember it so vividly. It was my first ever postseason game and the Mets had been a bad team for years, so it was incredibly exciting for me to experience good baseball in Shea for the first time in my life. It was game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Top of the 6th inning, game tied at 1. Scott Rolen was up with a runner on. Oliver Perez had been pitching a great game for the Mets and looking back on it, I find it comical that he was the man we trusted with game 7.
Anyway, Rolen smacked the ball a long way to left field. There was a collective gasp from the crowd as I looked on from the upper deck down the right field line. Endy Chavez ranged back and made a spectacular leap for the ball; it was headed over the fence and into the Cardinals bullpen. But Chavez made the greatest catch I've ever seen. As soon as the ball struck the webbing of his outstretched glove, the stadium exploded. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced before. I watched in awe as Chavez relayed the ball back in and doubled the runner off of first to cap off a truly amazing play.
I didn't think that Shea Stadium could get any louder, but at that point it did, as Carlos Delgado emphatically pumped his fist and the Mets got out of the inning. Everyone around me immediately became my best friends. Hugging, cheering, losing our voices in support of our beloved New York Mets and the incredible display of potentially game-saving defense we had just seen.
The place literally felt as if it were shaking. It was an incredible moment. One that I'll never forget.