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Recalling the Postseason Walk-Off Home Runs in Mets History: Fan's Take

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Last week, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth of the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals, respectively, became the latest players to deliver an October walk-off home run. Their hardball heroics rekindled similar amazing memories of New York Mets postseason baseball. Here's a look back at the postseason walk-off home runs in Mets history.

Benny and the Mets (Oct. 7, 2000) -- Benny Agbayani had a short and memorable career in Queens. His turning-point, solo home run off Aaron Fultz in the bottom of the 13th inning won Game 3 of the 2000 NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. The Mets won the next game, 4-0, to clinch the series and advance to the NLCS, where they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in five games.

Nailed! (Oct. 11, 1986) -- In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Mets trailed the Houston Astros by one run in the bottom of the ninth inning. But Lenny Dykstra, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, parked a fly ball insider the right field foul poll for a two-run, game-winning home run. The Mets, who trailed 4-0 in the second and 5-4 in the seventh, won the game, 6-5, and took a 2-1 series lead.

Take Pratt! (Oct. 9, 1999) -- Todd Pratt was the unlikely hero in Game 4 of the NLDS. The backup catcher, who had three home runs in the regular season, belted a series-clinching, walk-off bomb against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 10th inning. D-Backs center fielder Steve Finley made a last-ditch attempt to catch the ball, but it escaped his outstretched glove.

Grand Slam Single (Oct. 17, 1999) -- Robin Ventura ended Game 6 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves with a grand slam in the bottom of the 15th inning -- well, sort of. Ventura was mobbed by teammates in a wild celebration and never crossed home plate, so he officially was credited with a single. Nearly six hours in length, it was the longest game in postseason history at the time.

Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.


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