May 5, 1995 - Edgardo Alfonzo becomes the Mets' 100th third-baseman in a 9-6 loss in Montreal. A total of 121 players, starting with Don Zimmer in 1962, have appeared at third base for the Mets since 1962. Of those 121 players, only ten have appeared in as many as 200 games at third for the Mets. The most prominent of these third basemen was Met great Howard Johnson who played a total of 835 games at third for the Mets over a span of 8 years. Alfonzo played more games at third than all but three past Mets, Johnson, '69 World Championship third baseman Wayne Garrett and Hubie Brooks. Gold Glove third baseman Robin Ventura played a total of 436 games at the position for the Mets.
June 16, 1997 - In the first ever regular season meeting between the Mets and Yankees, the Mets score three times in the first inning, never looking back as Dave Mlicki pitched a complete game shutout in a 6-0 victory.
May 22, 1998 - Catcher Mike Piazza is aquired from the Florida Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder Preston Wilson and minor league left-handed pitchers Ed Yarnell and Geoff Getz.
October 17, 1999 - Down 3-1 in the National League Championship Series, the Mets battled the Braves in a thrilling 15 inning game. In the top of the 15th inning, the Braves took a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets rallied to tie the game at three. Robin Ventura then hit a grand slam home run to win the game. Later, the hit was ruled as a single after the on-field celebration prevented Ventura from advancing past first. The final score was 4-3. Mets would be bumped from the playoffs after losing a thrilling Game Six, 10-9 despite a five-run comeback effort. The Mets entered the playoffs as the N.L. Wild Card Winner.
October 8, 2000 - In perhaps the greatest game ever pitched by the Mets, Bobby J. Jones threw a complete-game, 4-0 one-hitter to advance the Mets to the NLCS. Jones retired the side in eight of the nine innings. He walked two and struck-out five.
October 16, 2000 - The Mets win their fourth National League Pennant by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1. Mike Hampton pitched the 7-0 complete-game. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight. He would be named the series MVP. One night later, the New York Yankees would win the ALCS to set up the first Subway Series since 1956. The Yankees would win the series, 4-1.
July 14, 2001 - Bobby Valentine became the 48th manager to notch his 1,000th victory in Major League history with a 2-0 win over Boston. In that game, Glendon Rusch (8.0 innings) and Armando Benitez (1.0 innings) combined to hurl the 22nd one-hitter in club history. Rusch surrendered the only hit of the game - a bunt single by Trot Nixon in the first inning.
August 21, 2001 - Mike Piazza slugged his 300th home run as a catcher vs. Colorado's Mike Hampton. This was also his 30th home run of the season, making him one of four active players to reach the 30 home run plateau for seven straight years.
September 21, 2001 - The Mets hosted the first professional sporting event in New York City since the tragic September 11 attacks. New York made a star-spangled return against the Atlanta Braves when Mike Piazza cracked a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lift the Mets to a 3-2 victory.
October 6, 2001 - Lenny Harris broke Manny Mota's Major League record with his 151st career pinch-hit, a single to right, in the sixth inning off Montreal's Carl Pavano.
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