New York Mets: Most Memorable Opening Day Moments

1. April 7, 1987

This day was both glorious and infamous at the same time.

This date in 1987, was Ring Day.

The Mets were due to be given the championship rings after an Amazin’ run in 1986 had the team winning its first title in 17 years, and second title in franchise history (which remains the same to this day).

With the Mets due to be provided they’re diamond-studded bling in a epic Shea Stadium ceremony, their young phenom Dwight “Dr. K” Gooden was no where to be found.

In fact, Doc, the 1984 Rookie of the Year and 1985 Cy Young Award winner, was a no-show after he had tested positive for using cocaine.

Per ESPN, in order to honor his fellow superstar and the man who was a major reason the team garnered new jewelry, Darryl Strawberry wore Gooden’s own pants from his uniform in tribute.

Maybe Doc’s ‘will’ gave Straw a little boost as well, because Strawberry demolished a 3-run bomb as the Mets defeated Barry Bonds and the Pirates 3-2.

Clearly, Straw’s offense was just enough to win the day, and a couple of flashy rings to go with it.

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