Wayne Joseph’s Blog

Running with the Big Dog

Benny Agbayani was a great NY Met

Shea Stadium scoreboard when Benny Agbayani hit his game winning home run. Photo by Mets fan, Alan Rosen

Remember Benny Agbayani?  That great baseball player from St. Louis, High School in Honolulu and later with Hawaii Pacific University.

Agbayani had a stellar professional career with three major league teams.  Drafted in the 30th round during in 1993 Agbayani went on to fame as the New York Mets left fielder and accumalated 39 home runs, .274 batting average with 156 runs batted in.

Agbayani is also fondly remembered by Mets fans for two clutch home runs hit during the 2000 season. On March 30, his 11th inning Grand Slam against the Chicago Cubs gave the Mets their first win of the season, and a split in the two game series the Mets and Cubs had played in Tokyo, Japan. Later that year, on October 7, he hit a game-winning home run in the 13th inning of Game 3 of the National League Division Series against Aaron Fultz of the Giants. Agbayani also drove in the winning run in the only game the Mets won in the 2000 World Series.

   The above photo was taken by Mets fan, Alan Rosen, during that 13th inning game in which Agbayani hit the game winning home run.

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Baseball | , , , , , | Leave a comment