October 9th, 1999 was the date when the Mets and Diamondbacks matched up for Game 4 of the National League Division Series. With the Mets leading the series two games to one, the clubs took a 3-3 deadlock into the bottom of the 10th inning. That's when Todd Pratt, the Mets' backup catcher to Mike Piazza, walked up to the plate against Arizona closer Matt Mantei and launched a fly ball to straight away center. Multiple time Gold Glove winning center fielder Steve Finley raced back all the way to the wall, timed it, and leaped to try to rob the ball -- and missed. When Finley checked his glove in disbelief and then proceeded to hang his head, the celebration truly began at Shea Stadium. With one mighty swing of the bat, Todd Pratt sent the Mets to the NLCS to face the Braves while also etching his name firmly in the Mets history books.
On This Date in 1999, Todd Pratt sent the Mets to the NLCS with a home run
Fifteen years ago today, Mike Piazza's understudy had the biggest moment of his career: a walk-off home run hit off of Diamondbacks reliever Matt Mantei that sent the Mets to the NLCS.