Welcome to the final installment of The Happiest Recap, a solid gold slate of New York Mets games culled from every schedule the Mets have ever played en route to this, their fiftieth year in baseball. We’ve created a dream season that concludes here with the “best” 162nd game in any Mets season and the “best” 163rd game in any Mets season, thus completing a schedule worthy of Bob Murphy coming back with the Happy Recap after this word from our sponsor on the WFAN Mets Radio Network.
GAME 162: October 3, 1999 — METS 2 Pirates 1
(Mets All-Time Game 162 Record: 20-18-1; Mets 1999 Record: 96-66)
The Mets held their destiny in their own hands. What a frightening thought.
Less than 24 hours earlier, the Mets’ chances of attaining their first postseason berth in eleven years was, by necessity, a collaborative effort. They needed help — not the same kind their emotionally overwrought fans needed, but a more decisive kind. They needed one of the teams playing their rivals for the National...