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Monday, June 09, 2008

DVD Review, Six Essential Games at Shea Stadium

I recently had the pleasure to view A&E's DVD, The New York Mets: Essential Games of Shea Stadium. I was surprised at how easily I was able to just slip back into the past and enjoy some of these games.

This DVD set contains six of the arguably greatest games played by the New York Mets. Most of these games we all know about, may have seen live, or recently replayed on SNY, but it was nice to see them without commercials. It's nice to be able to just pop in a DVD and connect with all the emotions and excitement associated with all of these great games, especially after the disaster that was this west coast trip. I don't know that I would call these the six most essential games, but they are certainly six big ones. Arguably this DVD set isn't complete without at least a clip of Ventura's Grand Single, but the rest of the content certainly makes up for it's absense.

The 6th disc also contains a bunch of special features. Endy's catch is obviously on there, because it's everywhere, and might be the only clip from a losing game. Other fun ones to see, some of which I'd never seen before, include the '86 division clincher against the Cubs, and Gary Carter's game winning opening day home run in 1985. They had Todd Pratt's home run in 1999, and also the 2000 clincher against the Cardinals. One of the fun clips to watch was a montage of 2006 walk off hits. It brought back all sorts of exciting moments, and reminded me how the 2006 Mets used to beat up the guy who got the walk off hit, pounded on his helmet and really getting into it. After the Mets clinched the Pennant in 2000, they showed a guy in the left field loge holding up a sign that said "Bring on the Yankees!" I couldn't help but yell at him from eight years in the future to shut up and root for the Mariners.

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