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Today in Postseason History: Benny Agbayani hit a walk-off homer for the Mets in NLDS Game 3

15 years ago, Benny Agbayani hit a walk-off NLDS HR

New York has its fair share of sports heroes: There's Babe Ruth and Mookie Wilson and DiMaggio and Berra. Willis Reed and Mark Messier. Seaver and Koosman and Cleon Jones.

But on one night in 2000, New York City's hero was a man named Benny Agbayani.

Agbayani played five MLB seasons for the Mets, Rockies and Red Sox. He was a .274 career hitter who accumulated 299 hits in that span, but he had a postseason in 2000 that could have been seen from space.

That year, Agbayani played in 14 games for the Mets and hit safely in 13 of them, collecting 16 total hits, none bigger than his 13th-inning, walk-off home run to end Game 3 of the NLDS against the Giants:


Agbayani had been 0-for-6 in the game up to that point. The dinger lifted the Mets to a 2-1 series lead. They won Game 4 to advance to the NLCS, won four out of five against the Cardinals and advanced to play the Yankees in the famous Subway Series.

We're guessing Agbayani prefers that his baseball resume reads, "postseason hero" up top, rather than, "Guy Who Gave The Ball to a Fan After Just the Second Out."


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