On July 18, 2006, Carlos Beltran became the first and last Met to clout grand slams in consecutive games, just the 22nd player in history to be so selfish. With Carlos's clap of thunder the Mets triumphed in Cincinnati and grew 20 games better than .500. On July 18, 2000 -- another okay year -- Mike Piazza slammed his own salami to come out on top of an 11-7 firefight against the hosting Blue Jays, his third granny of the season. Chris Carpenter was the belly itcher who got nailed.
Finally, on July 18, 2001, an extremely rare bit of successful arguing from a manager (Bobby V) resulted in Fish skipper Tony Perez being thumbed from the game, following a bizarre play which left two Mets standing on third base. It was Perez's first ejection in 31 year and over 3,800 games as player, coach, and manager. "I might have said something like bull---," Perez copped.
Joe Torre finished out his playing career with the 1975-77 Mets, batting to a 124 OPS+ in the 1976 campaign. In June 1977, he threw away bat and mitt to take over management of a club that was 15-29 with both Seaver and Kingman wanting out the door. And he largely failed to uncrash from the iceberg. Born in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, the green-tea enthusiast plunged into long-term, shadowy obscurity after five losing season with the Mets, culminating in his 1981 firing. He has recently popped-up in an administrative role, glaring sternly at naughty umpires while Bud Selig secrets them bonbons and coos, "I love you just the way you are."