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1999 National League Championship Series Game 5
Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
October 17, 1999, Shea Stadium
The game was tied at 2-2 going into the top of the 15th inning, until Mets pitcher Octavio Dotel gave up an RBI triple to Keith Lockhart, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the 15th inning, the Mets managed to load the bases against Braves relief pitcher Kevin McGlinchy. Mets catcher Todd Pratt drew a bases loaded walk, tying the score at 3-3. The next batter was Mets third baseman Robin Ventura. Ventura crushed the 2-1 pitch over the wall in right-center for a grand slam, winning the game for the Mets and driving the Mets players and fans into a frenzied celebration. Ventura, however, was mobbed by his teammates halfway between first and second base, never making it around the bases. Because he failed to touch all four bases, the hit was officially scored a single.
Ventura, an all star third baseman with the White Sox through most of the 90's, signed with the Mets as a free agent prior to the 1999 season and proceeded to have his best season as a pro, hitting .301/.379/.529 with 32 HR and earning his 6th gold glove. He helped lead the Mets to the 2000 World Series before beind traded across town to the Yankees following the 2001 season and eventually retiring after the 2004 season.