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Viagra soft generic After a day of trudging through the snow, viagra soft generic slush and ice of the sidewalks of Lower Manhattan, viagra soft generic little did I know what a wonderful reward was waiting for me when I got home, viagra soft generic SNY was showing the 1975 Mets Yearbook and a name from the past that only Mets fans of a certain era would know, viagra soft generic Randy Tate was the star of the show.

Viagra soft generic What you don’t remember or never heard of Randy Tate? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Viagra soft generic I vaguely remember Tate and for good reason, viagra soft generic he not only had just one season in Flushing but that one year been the extend of his big league career.

Viagra soft generic On the night of August 4, viagra soft generic 1975, viagra soft generic Randall Lee Tate of Florence Alabama came close to becoming the first Mets pitcher to hurl a no hitter. Viagra soft generic As we all know, viagra soft generic the Mets have not had a pitcher throw a no hitter in their history, viagra soft generic but Randy Tate joins the ranks of those who came close, viagra soft generic as Tate held the Montreal Expos hitless for  7 innings and the Mets held a 3-0 lead. Viagra soft generic Tate was dominating through 7 as he K’d 10 and walked 4 which for Tate was a great ratio as his season tally of BB/K was 86/99 in 137.2 IP. Viagra soft generic Tate came into the game with a 4-9 record after his last start against the Cardinals that lasted just 1.2 innings and got his tits lit for 5 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks. Viagra soft generic Tate was a back end of the rotation guy, viagra soft generic along with Hank Webb. Viagra soft generic The front end of the staff by the way was 22 game winner Tom Seaver along with Jerry Koosman and Jonathan Trumpbour Matlack.

Viagra soft generic The Mets scored all of their runs in the 5th inning of this game as Jerry Grote singled and went to second base on a wild pitch by Expos starter Dan Warthen (Yes, viagra soft generic our own pitching coach Old School Dan Warthen) The 8 hole batter, viagra soft generic Jack Heidemann (what a head of hair Heidemann had back then) walked. Viagra soft generic Randy Tate then tried to lay down a sac bunt but he bunted right at Old School Warthen who wheeled and threw to Larry Parrish at third to force out Grote. Viagra soft generic Gene Clines the Mets centerfielder and lead off man stepped up and hit a triple down the right field line that scored Heidemann and Tate. Viagra soft generic Second baseman Felix Milan hit a ball down to first base that Mike Jorgensen misplayed and Milan was safe and Clines scored the third run of the inning and the game. Viagra soft generic Jesus Alou flied out to left field and the inning was over.

Viagra soft generic Tate was strong through six but in the seventh inning he started to show signs of fatigue. Viagra soft generic He walked rookie catcher Gary Carter and Parrish but was helped out by two force plays and a key strikeout of 2B Pete Mackanin .

Viagra soft generic Now remember, viagra soft generic the manager of the Mets at this time was one Lawrence Peter Berra, viagra soft generic who was hanging on to his job by a bare thread. Viagra soft generic Berra was not very popular in the clubhouse especially by his pitchers as he had never lived down not going with a rested George Stone in Game 6 of the 1973 World Series with the Mets up 3game to 2 over the A’s but making a bad move by going with Tom Seaver on 3 days rest and then going with Jon Matlack on 3 days rest when he could have had both his pitchers on 4 days rest in case of a game 7.

Viagra soft generic The Mets go down in order in the bottom of the 7th with Tate making the last out. Viagra soft generic On to the top of the 8th.

Viagra soft generic Expos manager, viagra soft generic Gene Mauch goes right to his bench as he sends up Jose Morales to hit for Pepe Frias. Viagra soft generic Tate K’s Morales. Viagra soft generic Jim Lyttle now comes up to bat for pitcher, viagra soft generic the pride of Glen Cove LI, viagra soft generic Don DeMola. Viagra soft generic You’d have to figure that Tate was getting a bit weary on the mound. Viagra soft generic I don’t know what the weather was that night but August nights in NYC are usually warm and humid and Tate had thrown just an average of 4.2 IP in his last five starts but Tate was just 5 outs away from becoming the first Mets pitcher to toss a no hitter, viagra soft generic but first he would have to get Lyttle out.

Viagra soft generic There weren’t many people at Shea that night as the paid attendance of 10, viagra soft generic 720 shows but you can bet they were making as much noise as if the place were packed. Viagra soft generic That was one thing about Shea when the die hards hung around they were a noisy bunch. Viagra soft generic I can imagine the clapping and cheering as Lyttle stepped into the batters box to face Tate.

Viagra soft generic All the clapping and cheering turn to moans and groans on one pitch that Lyttle connected with to singled to left field to break up the no-hitter and spoil the greatest day Randy Tate ever had as a major league pitcher. Viagra soft generic Now that the no hitter was by the boards, viagra soft generic it was time to concentrate on winning the game.

Viagra soft generic You’d have to think that Yogi Berra would have his bullpen up and have a fresh arm ready to close out the last five outs and preserve the win. Viagra soft generic Well, viagra soft generic Tate stayed in the game and then walked the next batter Pepe Mangual to bring the tying run to the plate and still no movement from the manager. Viagra soft generic Tate then gave Berra a false sense of security by striking out Jim Dwyer, viagra soft generic so with two out and one on up stepped Gary Carter, viagra soft generic rookie Gary Carter. Viagra soft generic Again no change in pitcher and Tate is now up into the high 120’s in his pitch count as he gives up a single to Carter that plates Lyttle to make it 3-1 Mets. Viagra soft generic So the no-no and the shutout are gone and the go ahead run in former Met Mike Jorgensen is strolling to home plate. Viagra soft generic Still no pitching change by Yogi Berra.

Viagra soft generic I would love to know what was being said in the Mets dugout as this was playing out on the field. Viagra soft generic Rube Walker was still on staff as pitching coach and of course Tom Seaver was there as well. Viagra soft generic I can’t believe that Walker wasn’t looking to get his pitcher out of the game and get a new arm in the game, viagra soft generic just from reading the play by play of this game I’m breaking out in a cold sweat.

Viagra soft generic Now remember Jorgensen was shipped out by the Mets to Montreal along with Ken Singleton and Crazy Horse Foli for Rusty Staub , viagra soft generic no doubt he wanted to make his ex-team suffer and sure enough he did by hitting a 3 run home run to put the Expos ahead 4-3.

Viagra soft generic What in the world was Yogi thinking of not going to the bullpen? Tate had to be on fumes at this point in the game so it seems unless his arm fell off Tate was not coming out this game. Viagra soft generic Thankfully he got Larry Bitinger ot ground out to end this excruciatingly painful inning. Viagra soft generic Tate lost his no hitter, viagra soft generic shutout and game and maybe his career in this 8th inning. Viagra soft generic Sad.

Viagra soft generic The Mets went down without a fight in the 8th and 9th and what could you expect as their manager showed no leadership in this game.

Viagra soft generic The next day the Mets and Expos played a twi-night double header and the Expos won both games by identical 7-0 scores, viagra soft generic after the game, viagra soft generic GM Joe McDonald (on orders I’d imagine from M .Donald Grant ) fired Yogi Berra and named Roy McMillan the interim manager. Viagra soft generic For Randy Tate, viagra soft generic the change of manager came a day to late.

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