Relive the excitement of the 1986 Mets
New DVD offers an in-depth look at franchise's historic title run
NEW YORK -- Next week on Opening Day, Jesse Orosco will once again climb the mound at Shea Stadium, peer at catcher Gary Carter, raise his right leg toward his chest and recreate the magical moment when the Mets sealed their second World Series championship.
Some fans won't need to wait that long to get in the '86 spirit.
The magic is back in DVD form this spring, thanks to a new offering from Major League Baseball Productions and A&E Home Video -- "The New York Mets: 1986 World Series Collector's Edition."
A nine-disc box set slated to retail for $89.99, the collection is being released just in time to help fans everywhere celebrate every pitch of every inning of every game of that memorable Fall Classic, culminating with Orosco's strikeout of Boston's Marty Barrett to end Game 7.
"In the 20 years since 1986, I think I've met over 300,000 fans who were at that game," Mookie Wilson laughs now. "But Shea Stadium only holds about 55,000."
Even if you weren't actually present and accounted for in October 1986, now you can revisit those chilly nights at Shea Stadium and Fenway Park.
With more than 29 hours of game footage encompassing the set, fans won't have to settle for simply watching Wilson trickle his ground ball through Bill Buckner's legs -- though they could certainly rewind and replay that famous highlight ad nauseum, if so desired.
They'll also be able to achieve what was once thought impossible -- put the hyperactive Lenny Dykstra into slow-motion (or freeze him altogether).
"Nails" will be there, taking Oil Can Boyd deep, as will both of Carter's Game 4 long balls in Beantown, the improbable 10th-inning rally in Game 6, Darryl Strawberry's home run in Game 7 that removed all doubt, or any other favorite moment from a postseason filled with choice memories.
In addition to all seven games of the World Series, the DVD set also includes the Mets and the Houston Astros facing off in the 16-inning nail-biter in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series -- widely considered one of the greatest MLB playoff games of all time. That epic contest at the Astrodome is chronicled in its entirety.
"The worst, best, most nerve-racking game I was ever involved in," Keith Hernandez says to this day.
Supplementing the eight discs of game footage, "The New York Mets: 1986 World Series Collector's Edition" also includes a bonus disc with rarely-seen celebratory footage, highlights of outstanding performances and interviews with some of the Mets' key contributors during that season.
Bryan Hoch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.