It was 12 years ago today that Mets OF Endy Chavez made his legendary, snow cone catch to rob Cardinals 3B Scott Rolen of what would've been a go-ahead home run during Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS at Shea Stadium.
"It was very special for me," Chavez told NJ.com's Matt Ehalt in 2016. "People are still talking about it like it was last season. I'm very grateful because I have very good support from the fans, especially from Mets fans. I remember every second of that moment."
It's a wonderful catch, amazing in its acrobatic style, but it's also one of the most bittersweet moments in team history. Curtis Granderson's catch during the 2016 Wild Card game ranks up there as well.
In 2006, after the catch, the Cardinals and Rolen looked demoralized, while Chavez, his teammates and the 56,000 fans at Shea Stadium were full of energy and momentum. Frankly, if you were at the game, it felt inevitable that the Mets would find a way to win and soon be on their way to their fourth World Series, during which they would have been a heavy favorite against the Tigers.
Sadly, Cardinals reliever Adam Wainwright had a different ending in mind...
Thanks to Sandy Alderson's decisions and course correction, the franchise finally got its returm to the World Series in 2015. Nevertheless, I still have a difficult time judging Endy's catch. It's impressive because of the moment and athleticism, but it will forever leave me feeling unfulfilled.
Chavez played for the Mets from 2006 through 2008, during which he hit .288 in 337 at-bats.
In 2016, while playing for the Bridgeport Blue Fish, he won the Atlantic League's batting title hitting .345, after which he told SNY that he still hopes to one day return to the big leagues.
Also on this date in team history, the Mets acquired catcher Jerry Grote from Houston for a player to be named later in 1965. And in 1999, Kenny Rogers walked in the winning run during Game 6 of the NLCS in Atlanta as the Mets lost to the Braves, 10-9, in extra innings and saw their season end.