WASHINGTON - MAY 20: John Maine #33 of the New York Mets talks to manager Jerry Manuel after being removed in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The Mets have until midnight tonight to tender John Maine a contract for 2011, and given the rules about arbitration-eligible players and their contracts it seems a certainty that Maine's career with the Mets is over. Maine was acquired from the Orioles along with Jorge Julio in January 2006 in exchange for Anna Benson. Kris Benson was also sent to the Orioles.
As this night will likely signify the sinking of the Maine era in Queens, use this thread to discuss your favorite Maine memories. Whatever your list, I suspect it begins with this masterpiece against the Marlins on the final weekend of the 2007 season. Maine allowed just one infield hit -- a squib to third by backup catcher Paul Hoover -- and struck out 14 in 7.2 innings.
What else have you got?