Mets Vault: Doc charges mound vs. Phillies

June 17th, 2021 is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

Aug. 9, 1990: Doc charges mound vs. Phils
In one of the more memorable brawls at Shea Stadium, Dwight Gooden charged the mound after Phillies pitcher Pat Combs hit him with a pitch to lead off an inning. Gooden believed the pitch was retaliation for two Phillies batters that he had hit earlier in the game, but he insisted his own hit batsmen were accidental. Whatever his intent, Gooden incited a benches-clearing brawl when he charged the mound, resulting in the ejections of him and five others.

"We’re not afraid to fight anyone," manager Davey Johnson said afterward, evoking memories of the more infamous bad-boy 1986 Mets. "Teams ask for it, it’s obvious what reaction they’ll get. It did wake us up."

July 22, 1986: Hernandez turns double play on bunt
By 1986, Keith Hernandez had long since established his reputation as one of the finest first-base defenders in baseball history. He completed one of his most memorable plays that summer in Cincinnati, after the Reds put their first two men on base in the 12th inning of a 3-3 game. As pitcher Carl Willis squared to bunt, Hernandez raced in from first base, pounced on the ball, and fired it in one smooth motion to Gary Carter at third. Carter then threw across the diamond to complete the double play, which preserved the tie and gave Howard Johnson a chance to win it with his three-run homer in the 14th.

Sept. 22, 2016: Asdrúbal Cabrera's walk-off homer keeps the Mets in Wild Card pole position
The Mets entered the night of Sept. 22, 2016, in a three-way tie with the Cardinals and Giants for one of two National League Wild Card spots, and about a week and a half remaining in the regular season. They then entered the bottom of the 11th of their game against the Phillies trailing by two runs, before rallying with a walk and a single. That brought up Cabrera, who celebrated his three-run, walk-off homer by flinging his bat as he lifted both arms skyward. The pose was so memorable that the Mets later released a Cabrera bobblehead to commemorate it.

May 21, 2005: Koo improbably doubles, scores off Randy Johnson
In perhaps the most improbable hit in Major League history, 35-year-old Korean rookie reliever Dae-Sung Koo recorded his first career hit on a double to the wall against five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson. It wound up being the only hit of Koo’s career. As fans at Shea Stadium roared and players in the home dugout laughed and screamed, Koo -- wearing a black Mets jacket to keep warm on the basepaths -- then scored from second base on a José Reyes bunt.

“We were all dumbfounded,” Koo’s batterymate, Mike Piazza, said after the game.

Added Koo: “It never came to my mind that I could hit a ball that far.”

Sept. 13, 1996: Wallace notches rare four-strikeout save
Plenty of pitchers have worked around a dropped third strike to record a four-strikeout inning, but former Mets reliever Derek Wallace belongs to a much smaller list of only four modern-era pitchers who have struck out four batters in a one-inning save.

Wallace struck out Atlanta's Terry Pendleton to start the ninth inning, but Pendleton reached on a passed ball. Wallace then struck out Chipper Jones on a called strike three and worked around a Fred McGriff double to punch out Ryan Klesko and Mike Mordecai, stranding runners on second and third for the save. This was actually one of just 19 total appearances that Wallace made in a Mets uniform.

Oct. 15, 1969: Seaver goes 10 innings to win Game 4
The Baltimore Orioles had hung a loss on Tom Seaver and the Mets in Game 1 of the 1969 World Series, but New York's franchise ace didn't lose any faith after the opener, later recalling, "I swear, we came into the clubhouse more confident than when we had left it."

Seaver's confidence was on full display for his follow-up in Game 4, when he took a shutout into the ninth inning before allowing a sacrifice fly to Brooks Robinson (on a ball that would have scored more, if not for Ron Swoboda's heroic catch) that sent the contest to extras. Seaver is shown in this clip wiping out Paul Blair on an ugly swing to strand Baltimore runners at the corners in the 10th, keeping the game tied and setting up New York's walk-off via pitcher Pete Richert's throwing error in the bottom half.

May 17, 1983: Strawberry's powerful throw nabs Wiggins
Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda once labeled Padres outfielder Alan Wiggins "the fastest man on two legs," but the fastest man wasn't speedy enough to beat Darryl Strawberry's arm on this memorable play at Shea Stadium. Broadcaster Tim McCarver figures that Wiggins, because of that famous speed, is going to reach home as the tying run on Gene Richards' double down the right-field line. But Strawberry had other ideas, firing home a powerful, one-hop throw to get Wiggins by a step.

Strawberry also clubbed a three-run homer in the Mets' 6-4 victory, a showcase game for 1983's eventual National League Rookie of the Year.

June 17, 2001: Piazza's HR caps Subway Series rally
You had to watch when Mike Piazza stepped in against the Yankees, especially in the summer of 2001 -- mere months after his memorable battles with Roger Clemens in the prior year's World Series. Piazza hit .317 with eight homers in 38 regular-season games against the Bronx Bombers during his Mets tenure, including this two-run blast off reliever Carlos Almanzar that lit up Shea Stadium on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. The dinger capped a six-run Mets rally from a 7-2 deficit and powered a big win for the Queens side in the Subway Series.

Oct. 6, 1969: Garrett powers Miracle Mets to pennant
Third baseman Wayne Garrett was part of the Braves' first-ever Draft class in 1965 (following in the footsteps of his brothers Adrian and James in joining the organization), but he struggled to hit in their farm system. The Mets selected Garrett from the Braves in the 1968 Rule 5 Draft, and he came back to punish his former team in Game 3 of the '69 NLCS with this go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning. Garrett's homer drove in pitcher Nolan Ryan (seen here running with a jacket on) and gave the Amazin' Mets a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they closed a sweep and punched their first World Series ticket in club history.

May 3, 2013: Wright notches rare homer off Kimbrel
Then-Braves relief ace Craig Kimbrel was about as untouchable as a closer gets in 2013, posting a 1.21 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, striking out 38% of hitters and converting 50 of his 54 save opportunities. But one of those four blown saves came at the hands of The Captain, David Wright, who stepped in and blasted a one-out homer off Kimbrel to center at Turner Field to tie this game up. The Mets would score twice more in the 10th to earn a big comeback win over their rivals.