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The Last Time Terry Collins Won

Posted By Howard Megdal On April 3, 2011 @ 9:52 am In Shea Stadium,Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Considering how long it felt since the last time the Mets won a game-the penultimate game of the 2010 season, for those keeping score at home- one can only imagine how the purgatory between victories felt to Terry Collins. The last time he won as a manager was August 23, 1999 [1].
Interestingly, that game was filled with foreshadowing of future Met performers.
The first RBI of the game, a 6-5 Anaheim win over Detroit, came on a run-scoring groundout by Mo Vaughn. Little did the Mets know that just a few years later, John Olerud long since dispatched, Vaughn would make sure the team got its money’s worth on its insurance.
Damion Easley put up the first run for Detroit, thanks to a single that scored Frank Catalanotto. Easley went on to have several vaguely useful seasons for the Mets as a backup infielder, though he wasn’t the star he appeared he’d be early in his career. Back in 1999, he was in his age-29 season, and completing his third straight season with 20-plus home runs. He went on to restore “Too Legit to Quit” back to Shea Stadium as his at-bat music.
Naturally, no one can forget Catalanotto’s brief 2010 tenure on Jerry Manuel’s bench. That cost Nick Evans one of his options, which is why Lucas Duda is the man to fill in for Jason Bay on the current squad.
Even C.J. Nitkowski, a pitcher born in Rockland County’s Suffern, NY, and who went on to pitch in five games for the 2001 Mets without allowing a run, got into the game for Detroit.
The game’s only home run? Karim Garcia, who joined Shane Spencer as part of the team’s two-headed effort to make fans forget about Vladimir Guerrero prior to the 2004 season. The effort proved less effective than Gob Bluth’s Forget-Me-Now.
As for the Mets, they won a walkoff that day, 3-2 over the Astros [2] at Shea Stadium, thanks to a game-winning single by Matt Franco. Edgardo Alfonzo homered. Rickey Henderson started in left field. Armando Benitez got the win. Carl Everett homered for Houston, and Tim Bogar started for the Astros at shortstop. Now, how long ago does that seem to you? Imagine how Terry Collins feels.

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[1] was August 23, 1999: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ANA/ANA199908230.shtml

[2] 3-2 over the Astros: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN199908230.shtml

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