As you might expect based on my proclivities, I have quite a bit of extra material from and pertaining to the game featured in episode 5. As Greg and I discuss, the daytime setting and the preponderance of signs on display in the crowd gave this game an almost classic feel. Here’s a slideshow with a few choice signs you would have seen at Shea that afternoon. The first image is a sign of a different kind: flight information for the game based on the outcome of this game. The only options not listed here are the individual flights home the players would be taking if they lost. Click on the first image to start the show
Next, here’s a clip from the Mets’ 1999 year in review video (“Amazin’ Again!”). Apart from giving a sense of just where the Mets stood at the moment this game was played, you will also see the insane last play of the game. My favorite part is seeing Mike Piazza throw up his hands in a ya gotta be friggin’ kidding me pose.
Of course, this clip was put together when the season had already ended. For a better idea of the weird mix of excitement and tension hanging over this day, check out the Fox Sports NY pregame show. This has some great footage of the previous two games leading to this one, which were both tense affairs themselves There are also some great shots of fans filing into the stadium (including a somewhat clueless Dad-type in khaki shorts stumbling into a police lineup) and the results of the contest for the Mets Player of the Year. Imagine a time before Armando Benitez was hated!
And here is the postgame show, featuring a Kiner’s Korner interview with Steve Phillips, who is so pleased by the outcome of the game he even spares some kind words for Bobby Valentine. Keep in mind that when this aired, the Reds were still rain-delayed in Milwaukee, so while the Mets knew they would play again in 1999, they had zero idea where and when.
For you completists out there who are interested in how the end of this game sounded on the radio, here’s the call from Bob Murphy and Gary Cohen.
There were a plethora of commercials during this broadcast, of course, and many of them feel as if they came from another time, or another planet. As Greg pointed out, there were copious ads for companies that no long exist (TWA, Omnipoint, The Wiz). Here is a but a sampling of these commercials, which I believe capture the unique feeling of that pre-internet-bubble-burst, pre-Y2K time.
As an Old Commercial conoisseur, my favorites of this bunch are the weird OTB ad featuring Rip Torn as a bug-racing enthusiast, an cell phone spot with paleolithic texting technology, a commercial for Charles Schwab from the brief period when Anna Kournikova played tennis, and an almost maudlin “thank you” ad from Major League Baseball.