On August 30th, 1999, the Mets delivered a whoopin’ to the Astros in a 17-1 contest in which Mets starter Masato Yoshii picked up the W. A legend in the eyes on many fans, Alfonzo started the game off by homering off of a hanging curveball by Astros starter Shane Reynolds. It would go down as Alfonzo’s 21st home run of the year.
After a single in his next at-bat off of Reynolds, Alfonzo would go deep for the 22nd time of the season in the fourth, this time off of reliever Brian Williams. The home run was a 2-run bomb that was laced into the second deck of the Astrodome, driving in Rickey Henderson, the greatest lead-off hitter ever to play the game.
Astros pitcher Sean Bergman then gave up Iggy’s third home run of the game, 23rd of the season, in the sixth inninng. The Venezuelan native Alfonzo later lined a singled into left in the 8th inning for his fifth hit of the game, the hit would come off of Bergman.
Edgardo got his final knock in the 9th inning off of Trevor Williams with Todd Pratt and Benny Agbayani on first and second. Alfonzo would proceed to classically double to right field as he tends to do, driving in back-up catcher Todd Pratt.
That evening, the Mets number 2 hitter tied a club record with most home runs in a game, the last to do it… Gary Carter, ’85. He also set a club record with 16 total bases, eclipsing Darryll Strawberry, also in ’85.
Now as a 35 year old fan, this was one of the greatest games I’ve watched and Alfonzo goes down as my favorite second baseman to don the Orange & Blue. Watching him go opposite field was a thing of art and Fonzie was one bad ass artist when it came to creating a masterpiece.