The 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox was one of the finest Fall Classics I have ever seen. It was a seven game epic that produced one of the most memorable moments in baseball history, the Bill Buckner roller that won Game Six for the Mets. What most people forget is that the Red Sox led 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning in Game Seven. The Mets rallied for three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take a 6-3 lead. Boston did not go quietly as they scored two in the top of the eighth inning to pull within a run. That is when the muscle of the Mets left no doubt as to who the World Champs were.
Darryl Strawberry was almost in the middle of his sometimes brilliant, but often troubled Major League career. He was selected to his third All-Star Game leading the Mets in home runs with 27 and placing second in RBI’s with 93. He already belted two home runs in the series as he strode to the plate leading off the bottom of the eighth against Boston’s Al Nipper. Behind in the count 0-2, Strawberry hit a titanic blast to right field, all but ending Boston’s hopes as New York tacked on another run to became champions by a score of 8-5. Incidentally, in Spring Training the following year, Nipper plunked Strawberry as retaliation for the perception that Straw loafed around the bases during his home run trot. Darryl and the Mets certainly had the last laugh.