I am legally obligated to say that today we’re gonna party like it’s 1999! You guys like that song, right?
In episode 5, I talk with Greg Prince–one half of Faith and Fear in Flushing and the author of The Happiest Recap, a look back at the best Mets wins of the franchise’s first 50 years–about the last scheduled regular season game of the 1999 season, henceforth referred to as the Melvin Mora Game. The 1999 Mets are a particular love/obsession/obsessive love of mine, and Greg has forgotten more about the Mets than most of us will ever know, so it was a treat and a thrill to talk to him about this bizarre, epic end to a bizarre, epic season.
Greg saw this game in person, so you’ll hear about how the stadium experience compares to the preserved broadcast. You’ll also hear how Greg was surprised to find the broadcast dredge up an old memory of a friend’s quixotic quest. In addition, we discuss the crumminess of Fran Healey, the generally second-rate quality of Fox Sports NY (Howie Rose notwithstanding), and Ralph Kiner’s non-stereotypically-old-school old-school POV. Plus, you’ll hear me tell tale of the terrifying moment when I realized that this team had dragged me, kicking and screaming, back into the world of Sports Love.
Listen below or, even better, subscribe on the iTunes. And while you’re at the iTunes, maybe leave a nice review? You can also hie thee to a special Extra Innings with tons of special goodies from this game, including the oddly cheesy pregame show, the triumphant edition of Kiner’s Korner that followed, and the plethora of commercials that aired in between.