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Encyclopedia > 2000 National League Championship Series

The 2000 National League Championship Series, to determine the champion of Major League Baseball's National League, was played between the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals and the wild card New York Mets. The Mets and Cards used as a rally cry the 2000 hit song Who Let The Dogs Out? by the Baha Men. This year in baseball: 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 6 - Major League Baseball officials order Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. ... In Major League Baseball, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) determines who wins the National League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, facing the winner of the American League Championship Series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for the championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... For the current season, see 2007 New York Mets season. ... Who Let The Dogs Out? is a song written and originally recorded by Anslem Douglas for Trinidad and Tobagos Carnival season of 1998. ... Baha Men is the name of a pop group that plays an updated style of Bahamian folk music called Junkanoo. ...


This series pitted a pair of teams that were former division rivals. In the mid-1980s, the Mets and Cardinals fought it out for supremacy in the National League East over four seasons, with each team alternating division championships between 1985 and 1988. The National League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...


The Cardinals, led by manager Tony La Russa, had played through the 2000 season in relatively businesslike fashion. They had won the National League Central division, and swept the Atlanta Braves in three games in the NL Division Series. However, they were struck with several injuries to key players as the playoffs began, including slugger Mark McGwire, catcher Mike Matheny, and the sudden, unexplained wildness of rookie pitcher Rick Ankiel. Tony La Russa after the 2006 World Series Anthony La Russa, Jr. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... The 2000 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2000 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Michael Scott Matheny (born September 22, 1970 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio) is a catcher in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants. ... Rick Ankiel is currently a pitcher for the St. ...


The Mets, on the other hand, engaged in battle with their fiercest rival, the Braves for much of the season, eventually falling one game short of a division title. They matched up with the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series. After dropping the first game, they would rebound to win the following three games in heart-stopping fashion, including a 13th inning walk off home run from Benny Agbayani to win Game 3 and an improbable one-hit shutout by Bobby Jones to win the clinching Game 4. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT... Benny Agbayani (born December 28, 1971) is a professional baseball player. ... Robert Joseph Jones (born February 10, 1970) is a retired professional baseball player. ...


Umpires: Bruce Froemming, Tim Tschida, Ed Rapuano, Dale Scott, Dana DeMuth, Steve Rippley Bruce Neal Froemming (Frömming) (born September 28, 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is the most senior active umpire in Major League Baseball. ... Timothy Joseph Tschida (born May 4, 1960 in St. ... Edward Stephen Rapuano, Jr. ... Dale Allan Scott (born August 14, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. ... Dana Andrew DeMuth (born May 30, 1956 in Fremont, Ohio) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. ...


Television: FOX (Joe Buck and Tim McCarver announcing, Bob Brenly, Field Reporter, Keith Olbermann and Steve Lyons, Pre/Postgame show.) For the animal, see Fox. ... For the fictional character, see Midnight Cowboy. ... James Timothy McCarver (born October 16, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former catcher in Major League Baseball and a current broadcaster for FOX Sports. ... Robert Earl Brenly (born February 25, 1954 in Coshocton, Ohio) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball and a current broadcaster. ... Keith Olbermann (born January 27, 1959) is an American news anchor, commentator and radio sportscaster. ... Stephen John Lyons (born June 3, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball player and a television sportscaster. ...

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Game 1

October 11: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Busch Memorial Stadium, or Busch Stadium (also referred to as Busch Stadium II) was the home of the St. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 6 8 3
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 9 0
WP: Mike Hampton (1-0)  LP: Darryl Kile (0-1)  
HR: NYMTodd Zeile (1), Jay Payton (1) ; STL – None

The Mets jumped on Cardinals starter Darryl Kile right from the outset. Rookie Timo Perez led off the game with a double into the right field corner, and following a walk to Edgardo Alfonzo, scored on a double by Mike Piazza. A Robin Ventura sacrifice fly would plate Alfonzo, and the Mets were off and running. Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida, USA) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays with the Atlanta Braves (2003-present). ... Darryl Andrew Kile (December 2, 1968 – June 22, 2002) was a professional baseball player and pitcher who last played with the St. ... Todd Edward Zeile (born September 9, 1965 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 2004. ... Jason Lee (Jay) Payton (born November 22, 1972 in Zanesville, Ohio), is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Oakland Athletics. ... Darryl Andrew Kile (December 2, 1968 – June 22, 2002) was a professional baseball player and pitcher who last played with the St. ... Timoniel Pérez (born April 8, 1975 in Bani, Dominican Republic) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. ... Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo (born November 8, 1973 in Miranda State, Venezuela) is an Major League Baseball infielder in the New York Mets organization. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ...


Piazza's double resulted in one of the more memorable moments of the series. Mets coach John Stearns was wearing a microphone for Fox Sports during the games, and his screams of "THE MONSTER IS OUT OF THE CAGE!!" were broadcast to a national audience. "The Monster is out of the cage" would become a rallying cry for the Mets and Piazza throughout the series. John Hardin Stearns (born August 21, 1951) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets from 1975 to 1984 (he also played a single game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974). ... For Fox Sports in Australia see Fox Sports (Australia). ...


Mets starter Mike Hampton was sharp. Over seven innings, he limited the Cardinals to 6 hits and no runs. At the plate, Hampton helped his own cause by singling and scoring the Mets third run in the 5th inning. Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida, USA) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays with the Atlanta Braves (2003-present). ...


The Mets would effectively put the game away in the 9th inning on home runs by Todd Zeile and Jay Payton. The Cardinals would plate two runs in their half of the 9th, but it would not be enough, and the Mets came away with the victory in the series opener. Todd Edward Zeile (born September 9, 1965 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 2004. ... Jason Lee (Jay) Payton (born November 22, 1972 in Zanesville, Ohio), is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Oakland Athletics. ...


Game 2

October 12: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... Busch Memorial Stadium, or Busch Stadium (also referred to as Busch Stadium II) was the home of the St. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 6 9 0
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 10 3
WP: Turk Wendell (1-0)  LP: Mike Timlin (0-1)  SV: Armando Benitez (1)
HR: NYMMike Piazza (1) ; STL – None

The Mets would once again jump out to an early lead, this time thanks to the wildness of Cardinals starter Rick Ankiel. Ankiel failed to get out of the first inning, walking two batters, throwing two official wild pitches (although several other pitches sailed to the backstop), and allowing two runs before being removed from the game in favor of plucky reliever Britt Reames. Turk Wendell pitched for the New York Mets from 1997 to 2001. ... Michael August (Mike) Timlin (born March 10, 1966 in Midland, Texas) is a middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Boston Red Sox since 2003. ... Armando German Benitez (born November 3, 1972) in Ramon Santana, D.R.), is a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... Rick Ankiel is currently a pitcher for the St. ... Britt William Reames (born August 19, 1973 in Seneca, South Carolina) is a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ...


The Cardinals would trim the Mets lead to 2-1 in the second inning against Mets starter Al Leiter. A run-scoring ground out by Eli Marrero would plate Shawon Dunston. The Mets would get that run back in their half of the third when Mike Piazza hit his first home run of the series off of Reames. The Cardinals would knot the game at 3-3 in the 5th inning on run-scoring doubles by Edgar Renteria and Fernando Tatis. Alois Terry Al Leiter [lighter] (born October 23, 1965 in Toms River, New Jersey), is a retired Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who played with the New York Yankees (1987-89, 2005), the Florida Marlins (1996-97, 2005), the Toronto Blue Jays (1989-95) and the New York... Elieser Marrero (born November 17, 1973 in Havana, Cuba), is a Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets. ... Shawon Donnell Dunston (born March 21, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... Edgar Enrique Rentería [ren-ter-EE-ah] (born August 7, 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter who plays for the Boston Red Sox. ... Fernando Tatis, Jr. ...


With the score still tied and two out in the top of the 8th, the Mets would put together a rally to take a 5-3 lead. A long single by Alfonzo would score Timo Perez, and following an intentional walk to Piazza, Zeile would single home Alfonzo. However, John Franco and Turk Wendell failed to hold the lead in the bottom of the 8th, and the Cardinals would again tie the game at 5-5. Timoniel Pérez (born April 8, 1975 in Bani, Dominican Republic) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. ... John Anthony Franco (b. ... Turk Wendell pitched for the New York Mets from 1997 to 2001. ...


However, as was typical of many Mets victories in the 2000 season, the Mets proved their ability to bounce back after coughing up a lead and would regain the lead in the 9th inning. After Robin Ventura reached on a Will Clark error, and was pinch run for by Joe McEwing, Rookie Jay Payton came through with his second game-winning hit of the postseason, nailing a single up the middle to score McEwing, as Cardinals Center Fielder Jim Edmonds allowed the ball to hop off the heel of his glove and roll behind him. Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ... William Nuschler Clark, Jr. ... Joseph Earl McEwing (born October 19, 1972 in Bristol, Pennsylvania) is a Major League Baseball player who has spent most of his career with the New York Mets, where he played from 2000 through 2004. ... Jason Lee (Jay) Payton (born November 22, 1972 in Zanesville, Ohio), is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Oakland Athletics. ... James Patrick Jim Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who plays for the St. ...


Armando Benitez allowed a 2-out walk to Jim Edmonds in the last of the 9th, but that was all the Cardinals were able to muster as the Mets took Game 2, 6-5, to take a 2-0 series lead. Armando German Benitez (born November 3, 1972) in Ramon Santana, D.R.), is a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. ... James Patrick Jim Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who plays for the St. ...


Game 3

October 14: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... A few landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ... NY redirects here. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 8 14 0
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
WP: Andy Benes (1-0)  LP: Rick Reed (0-1)  
HR: STL – None ; NYM – None

The Cardinals would mark their first, and only, victory of the NLCS with an easy 8-2 victory. Jim Edmonds hit a 2-run double in the top of the 1st inning off of Mets starter Rick Reed, and the Cardinals never looked back. The Cardinals would tack on two more runs in the third and another in the 4th before putting the game away with three runs in the 5th. Andrew Charles Benes (born August 20, 1967 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for four teams, the San Diego Padres in which he is the current all-time strikeout leader for the team, the Seattle Mariners, the St. ... Richard Allen Reed (born August 16, 1964 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1988-1991), Kansas City Royals (1992-1993), Texas Rangers (1993-1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995), New York Mets (1997-2001) and Minnesota Twins (2001-2003). ... James Patrick Jim Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who plays for the St. ... Richard Allen Reed (born August 16, 1964 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1988-1991), Kansas City Royals (1992-1993), Texas Rangers (1993-1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995), New York Mets (1997-2001) and Minnesota Twins (2001-2003). ...


Cardinals starter Andy Benes pitched 8 solid innings, holding the Mets to 2 runs and 6 hits, while notching 5 strikeouts. More importantly, he was able to give the Cardinals weary bullpen a bit of rest and put them back in the series. Andrew Charles Benes (born August 20, 1967 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for four teams, the San Diego Padres in which he is the current all-time strikeout leader for the team, the Seattle Mariners, the St. ...


Game 4

October 15: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... A few landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ... NY redirects here. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 6 11 2
New York 4 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 10 9 0
WP: Glendon Rusch (1-0)  LP: Darryl Kile (0-2)  
HR: STLJim Edmonds (1); Will Clark (1) ; NYMMike Piazza (2)

Both teams would come out with their hitting shoes on in this game. The Cardinals would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, as Jim Edmonds hit a 2-run home run off of Mets Starter Bobby Jones. The lead, however, would be short lived as the Mets would flex their offensive muscle against Darryl Kile in a record-setting display. Glendon James Rusch (born November 7, 1974, in Seattle, Washington) is a left handed starting pitcher who last played for the Chicago Cubs. ... Darryl Andrew Kile (December 2, 1968 – June 22, 2002) was a professional baseball player and pitcher who last played with the St. ... James Patrick Jim Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who plays for the St. ... William Nuschler Clark, Jr. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... James Patrick Jim Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who plays for the St. ... Robert Joseph Jones (born February 10, 1970) is a retired professional baseball player. ... Darryl Andrew Kile (December 2, 1968 – June 22, 2002) was a professional baseball player and pitcher who last played with the St. ...


Timo Perez, as he had done all postseason, sparked the rally with a leadoff ground rule double in the bottom of the 1st. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a double of his own, down the right field line, scoring Perez. Mike Piazza followed with a third double for the Mets, a long one-hop drive off the wall in right center. Holding on the fly, Alfonzo only made it to third, but Robin Ventura followed by ripping the Mets fourth consecutive double, which would score both Alfonzo and Piazza, and put the Mets ahead 3-2. One out later, Benny Agbayani launched a long double off the wall in left center to score Ventura. This was the Mets 5th double of the inning, which set a new League Championship Series record. Timoniel Pérez (born April 8, 1975 in Bani, Dominican Republic) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. ... Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo (born November 8, 1973 in Miranda State, Venezuela) is an Major League Baseball infielder in the New York Mets organization. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ... Benny Agbayani (born December 28, 1971) is a professional baseball player. ... The League Championship Series is the official name for a round of playoffs in Major League Baseball. ...


The Mets would continue to bombard Kile and the Cardinals in the 2nd inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Todd Zeile would hit yet another double for the Mets, scoring two more runs. Agbayani would single home a seventh Mets run before the inning was over. Todd Edward Zeile (born September 9, 1965 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 2004. ...


Although LaRussa had counted on Kile to eat up innings and rest his taxed bullpen, he was sorely mistaken. Kile was gone by the 4th inning, and Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan was ejected from the game while removing him. Kile's replacement, Mike James, would not fare much better, as Mike Piazza would launch a long home run, well over the Cardinals' bullpen out in deep left field to give the Mets an 8-3 lead after 4. Dave Duncan (born September 26, 1945 in Dallas, Texas) is a retired baseball player and current pitching coach. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ...


Bobby Jones, who had thrown a magnificent one-hit shutout against the Giants in the Division Series, struggled while pitching with a big lead. In the 5th inning, Jones would be knocked from the game after surrendering an RBI-double to Eric Davis, and two more runs of his responsibility would score after he had exited the game. Fortunately for the Mets, Glendon Rusch came out of the Bullpen to stop the Cardinals rally, and his three innings of shutout ball were key in the Mets ability to eventually win the game. Robert Joseph Jones (born February 10, 1970) is a retired professional baseball player. ... To see the Football player see Eric Davis (football player) Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 Eric Keith Davis (born May 29, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is a former center fielder for several Major League Baseball teams, most remembered for the years he spent with the Cincinnati... Glendon James Rusch (born November 7, 1974, in Seattle, Washington) is a left handed starting pitcher who last played for the Chicago Cubs. ...


The Mets would put the game away in the 6th, thanks to two errors by Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis. Tatis' first error allowed Perez to reach base, despite the fact that Tatis had time, his hasty throw was low and Will Clark was unable to handle it. Tatis' second error, a bobble on a Ventura grounder, would allow Mike Bordick to score. Fernando Tatis, Jr. ... William Nuschler Clark, Jr. ... Michael Todd Bordick (born July 21, 1965 in Marquette, Michigan) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball. ...


The Mets received strong bullpen work not only from Rusch, but also from John Franco and Armando Benitez, who threw scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th respectively, to close out the Cardinals and give the Mets a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. John Anthony Franco (b. ... Armando German Benitez (born November 3, 1972) in Ramon Santana, D.R.), is a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. ...


This game would turn controversial for LaRussa, who had been bringing injured slugger Mark McGwire off the bench to pinch hit in key situations. Afforded several opportunities with the tying runs in place, LaRussa never sent McGwire up to hit in this game, and eventually he would run out of opportunities to do so. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Game 5

October 16: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... A few landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ... NY redirects here. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
New York 3 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 X 7 10 0
WP: Mike Hampton (2-0)  LP: Pat Hentgen (0-1)  
HR: STL – None ; NYM – None

Needing a victory to close out the series at home and avoid a trip back to St. Louis, the Mets, behind Mike Hampton, cruised to a 7-0 victory and their first National League pennant since 1986. Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida, USA) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays with the Atlanta Braves (2003-present). ... Patrick George Pat Hentgen (born November 13, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan) was a right-handed starting pitcher in the Major Leagues and a former Cy Young Award winner. ... Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida, USA) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays with the Atlanta Braves (2003-present). ...


The Mets would once again stake themselves to an early lead, jumping on Cardinals starter Pat Hentgen in the 1st inning. Again it was Timo Perez sparking the Mets, singling under the glove of Edgar Renteria, stealing second base and moving to third when catcher Carlos Hernandez's throw went into center field. Edgardo Alfonzo would single home Perez. Following a walk to Mike Piazza, Robin Ventura would single home Alfonzo for the Mets second run. The Mets would add a third run on a fielder's choice by Todd Zeile. Patrick George Pat Hentgen (born November 13, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan) was a right-handed starting pitcher in the Major Leagues and a former Cy Young Award winner. ... Timoniel Pérez (born April 8, 1975 in Bani, Dominican Republic) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. ... Carlos Hernandez is a common personal name that can refer to different people: Carlos Hernandez: a boxer. ... Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo (born November 8, 1973 in Miranda State, Venezuela) is an Major League Baseball infielder in the New York Mets organization. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ... Todd Edward Zeile (born September 9, 1965 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 2004. ...


The Mets would effectively put the game away in the 4th inning, when with two outs and the bases loaded (a situation in which Zeile found himself the previous night), Todd Zeile hit a long double off the wall in right center field, scoring 3 runs, giving the Mets a 6-0 lead, and resulting in raucous Mets fans making Shea Stadium literally shake. Todd Edward Zeile (born September 9, 1965 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 2004. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...


The Mets would add a final run off a Rick Ankiel wild pitch in the 7th inning. Rick Ankiel is currently a pitcher for the St. ...


Saying before the game that "I was looking to pitch the game of my life", Mike Hampton was nothing short of superb. In pitching a complete game shutout, Hampton allowed only 3 hits and one walk, and struck out 8. His efforts in this game, and in Game 1 would result in his being named MVP of the NLCS. Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida, USA) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays with the Atlanta Braves (2003-present). ...


Hampton closed out the game by getting pinch-hitter Rick Wilkins to fly out to center field. Mets center fielder Timo Perez jumped up and down three times before making the catch, Robin Ventura hoisted Hampton in the air and a wild celebration was touched off, culminating in Lenny Harris leading the entire Mets team in a victory lap around Shea Stadium. Rick Wilkins (born June 4, 1967 in Jacksonville, Florida), is a former professional baseball player who was a catcher in the Major Leagues from 1991-2001. ... Timoniel Pérez (born April 8, 1975 in Bani, Dominican Republic) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ... Leonard Anthony (Lenny) Harris (born October 28, 1964 in Miami, Florida) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who most recently played with the Florida Marlins. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...


Postscript

The Mets would advance to the 2000 World Series, their first appearance in the World Series since 1986. They would meet their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees in the first Subway Series to take place since 1956. In five games that were as nip and tuck as baseball can be, the Yankees would come out on top, winning their third consecutive World Championship. The Mets would then muddle through several unsuccessful seasons, and would not return to the Postseason until 2006. Dates October 21, 2000–October 26, 2000 MVP Derek Jeter (New York Yankees) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Bob Brenly Umpires Ed Montague, Jerry Crawford, Tim McClelland, Tim Welke, Charlie Reliford, Jeff Kellogg MTA logo for the 2000 Subway Series. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The Subway Series is a series of Major League Baseball games played between teams based in New York City. ... The 1956 World Series of Major League Baseball was played between the New York Yankees (representing the American League) and the defending champion Brooklyn Dodgers (representing the National League) during the month of October 1956. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...


Series MVP Mike Hampton would leave via free agency following the season, signing with the Colorado Rockies. Hampton's departure from New York was not well-received, as he made comments about the city's school system, and was routinely booed upon his reappearances at Shea Stadium. Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida, USA) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays with the Atlanta Braves (2003-present). ... Free agency can be: In Latter-day Saint theology, free agency is the name of the human capacity to make choices for themselves and to choose between right and wrong. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...


The Cardinals would return to the National League Championship Series in 2002, losing to the San Francisco Giants. They would return to the World Series for the first time since 1987 when they defeated the Houston Astros in the NLCS in 2004. The Cardinals would face the Mets again in the 2006 National League Championship Series, the Redbirds defeated the Mets this time in an epic and dramatic series that ended in 7 games. The only player remaining on either roster from this series in 2006 was Cardinals Center Fielder Jim Edmonds. The 2002 National League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 9 to 14, 2002 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... Astros redirects here, for other uses see Astros (disambiguation) Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Dates October 23, 2004–October 27, 2004 MVP Manny Ramírez (Boston) Television network Fox Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Ed Montague (Crew Chief), Dale Scott, Brian Gorman, Chuck Meriwether, Gerry Davis, Charlie Reliford The 2004 World Series represented the 100th time two modern Major League Baseball teams... The 2006 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2006 National League playoffs, began on October 12 and ended on October 19; it was scheduled to begin on October 11, but was postponed a day due to inclement weather. ... James Patrick Jim Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who plays for the St. ...


Memorable Quotes

  • "HE'S OUT OF THE CAGE! THE MONSTER IS OUT OF THE CAGE! THE MONSTER IS OUT OF THE CAGE! LET'S GO! THE MONSTER IS OUT OF THE CAGE!"

-Mets coach John Stearns following Mike Piazza's first inning double in Game 1. John Hardin Stearns (born August 21, 1951) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets from 1975 to 1984 (he also played a single game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974). ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ...

  • "The pitch, and a fly ball well hit to right field. Going back, looking for it, cant get it! Off the wall! An extra base hit! 3 runs are going to score! 3 runs come in on the double off the right center field wall by Todd Zeile. The Mets now have a 6-0 lead!"

-Bob Murphy calls Todd Zeile's 3 run double in Game 5. Todd Edward Zeile (born September 9, 1965 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 2004. ...

  • "And a drive in the air to center field. Timo Perez jumps in the air waiting for it to come down, makes the catch, and the New York Mets are the 2000 National League Champions!"

-Mets radio announcer Gary Cohen announcing the final out of the series. Cohen Gary Cohen (born April 29, 1958 in Queens, New York) is an American sportscaster, best known as a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. ...

  • "Hampton with a count of 3 and 1...For the first time since 1986...The Mets...Are Going to the World Series!"

-Joe Buck announcing the final out of the Series. For the fictional character, see Midnight Cowboy. ...

  • "Off the bat of Rick Wilkins, Perez was waiting for it, and before this night gets away from us, Congratulations to the Mets, and Congratulations to these fans for the way they behaved here tonight."

-Joe Buck during the Mets celebration following Game 5. For the fictional character, see Midnight Cowboy. ...

  • "I was in this Stadium in 1969 when the Mets clinched the division, and I don't remember it ever being this big."

-Tim McCarver during the Mets celebration following Game 5. James Timothy McCarver (born October 16, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former catcher in Major League Baseball and a current broadcaster for FOX Sports. ...

  • "HEY GUYS! HEY, GIVE THIS A SECOND, LOOK OVER HERE! THIS ONE'S A BIG ONE FOR YOU, RIGHT HERE!"

-Mets Manager Bobby Valentine upon receiving the Warren C. Giles National League Championship trophy. Robert John Valentine (born May 13, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut) is a former player and manager in Major League Baseball and current manager in Japan. ... Warren Crandall Giles (28 May 1896 - 7 February 1979) was an American executive in Major League Baseball. ...

  • "How do you do it? Well, you come in here with 50,000 fans screaming, with a new sound system blasting everyone out of their seats, and you come out with early leads. I can't stress it enough. When you come out with early leads, it takes the pressure off."

-Mets Pitcher Al Leiter in an interview for ESPN following Game 5. Alois Terry Al Leiter [lighter] (born October 23, 1965 in Toms River, New Jersey), is a retired Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who played with the New York Yankees (1987-89, 2005), the Florida Marlins (1996-97, 2005), the Toronto Blue Jays (1989-95) and the New York... {{Infobox Network | network_name = ESPN| network_logo = | country =  United States| network_type = Cable Television Network| available = National| owner = The Walt Disney Company (80%) Hearst Corporation (20%)| key_people = George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. ...


 
 

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