I would like to welcome our newest writer Steve Sullivan.  In his debut piece for the site, Steve looks at names big and small in team history who came up big in the playoffs.

During their history there have been 64 home runs hit by the Mets in postseason play. Of those 64 home runs there are ones that stand out more than others. Here is a look at the most memorable home runs in New York Mets postseason history.

Cleon Jones – Game Two 1969 National League Championship Series vs. Atlanta Braves.   This is memorable if for no other reason than it was the first postseason homerun in New York Mets history.  It gave the Mets a 3-0 lead in a game they would eventually win by a score of 11-6.

Donn Clendenon – Game Five 1969 World Series vs. Baltimore Orioles.  Trailing by a score of 3-0, Donn Clendenon hits a two run home run in the sixth inning to pull the Mets within one run.  The play is made even more memorable by the “shoe polish” play from the batter before.  Cleon Jones was hit in the foot but was not awarded first base by the umpire. Manager Gil Hodges than showed the umpire a baseball with shoe polish on it and Jones was awarded first base.

Al Weis – Game Five 1969 World Series vs. Baltimore Orioles. Light hitting second baseman  Al Weis who hit just two home runs during the regular season hits a solo home run to tie the game at three.  With the game now tied the Mets would go on to win the game by a score of 5-3 to win their fist World Series in franchise history.

Lenny Dykstra – Game Three 1986 National League Championship Series vs. Houston Astros.  Trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning and on the verge of going down 2 games to 1 Lenny Dykstra hits a two run home run to give the Mets a 6-5 win.  The Mets take a 2 games to 1 series lead.

Darryl Strawberry – Game Five 1986 National League Championship Series vs. Houston Astros.  The Mets are trailing by a score of 1-0 when Strawberry hits a home run against Nolan Ryan in the fifth inning to tie the score at one. The Mets would go onto win the game in 12 innings 2-1.

Lenny Dykstra – Game Three 1986 World Series vs. Boston Red Sox.  After losing the first two games at home.  Lenny Dykstra leads off game three with a home run to give  the Mets a quick 1 – 0 lead. The Mets would score four runs in the inning and would eventually win the game by a score of 7-1 to climb back into the series.  On a side note it is the third time that the Mets leadoff hitter led off  game three of the Word Series with a home run. Tommie Agee hit one in 1969 and Wayne Garrett hit one in 1973.

Ray Knight – Game Seven 1986 World Series vs. Boston Red Sox. With the score tied at 3, Ray Knight leads off the seventh inning to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Mets would not look back and would win the game by a score of 8-5 to win their second World Series.

Edgardo Alfonzo – Game One 1999 National League Division Series vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.  With the score tied at four in the ninth inning Edgardo Alfonzo hits a grand slam to give the Mets an 8-4 lead. The Mets win the game to take a one game lead in the series. It is Alfonzo’s second home run of the game. He hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead.

Todd Pratt – Game Four1999 National League Division Series vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.  With the game tied in the bottom of the 10th inning Todd Pratt hits a walk off home run to win the game and the series for the Mets. With the win the Mets advance to the National League Championship Series.

Mike Piazza – Game Six 1999 National League Championship Series vs. Atlanta Braves.  In the top of the seventh inning the Mets are trailing by score of 7-3. The Mets rally to tie the game. The big blow comes when Mike Pizza, who had been battling injuries the entire postseason, hits a two run home run to tie the score at seven.  Unfortunately the Mets would eventually lose the game by a score of 10-9 to lose the series in six games.

Benny Agbayani – Game Three 2000 National League Division Series vs. San Francisco Giants. With the score tied at two entering the bottom of the 13th inning Benny Agbayani hits a solo home run to give the Mets a 3-2 victory. The Mets take a two game to one series lead and would win the series the next day to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Of course no list would be complete without the mention of the most famous non-home run in Mets history. In game five of the 1999 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, Robin Ventura hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 15th inning to give the Mets the win. But because Robin Ventura never made it around the bases when his teammates mobbed him at second base he was not credited with a home run but rather a “Grand Slam” single.

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