Retro GIF: Paul Lo Duca tags out Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew at home plate

Paul Lo Duca tags J.D. Drew for the second out of a bizarre double play. - Travis Lindquist/Getty Images

On October 4, 2006, the Mets played the Dodgers at Shea Stadium in Game 1 of the NLDS. In the top of the second, catcher Paul Lo Duca was involved in one of the weirdest double plays you'll ever see.

On October 4, 2006, the Mets and Dodgers played Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Shea Stadium. John Maine started for the Mets, Derek Lowe for the Dodgers. It was the Mets' first postseason game in six years.

The two teams went quietly in the first, but Maine got into early trouble in the second, allowing a leadoff single to Jeff Kent and another single to the next batter, J.D. Drew. Russell Martin followed with his own single to right, which Shawn Green fielded and fired home for what was bound to be a close play at the plate.

Paul Lo Duca was at home awaiting the throw, which he caught before applying a tag to the sliding Kent. Moments later and almost inexplicably, Drew came sliding into frame, waved home by Nobody Knows and, presumably, trying to catch Lo Duca off his guard. It didn't work out, and Martin's single wound up as one of the most unusual double plays you'll ever see.

After the game, Cliff Floyd said, "You smile. It's a funny play — to us. I think we took a breath after that play. I think right then, we decided we like playing in the postseason."

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