It was a throwaway line by Ron Darling that probably made no sense to many of the journalists on TBS’ pre-playoffs media conference call, but I enjoyed it, so I’ll share it here:
When it came time for the last question, someone asked one of Cal Ripken Jr., David Wells and Darling. After Ripken responded Wells said he would go next and allow Darling to “close” the call.
Said Darling, “The last time I closed was at 4 o’clock in the morning in Atlanta.’’
Nice! That would be July 5, 1985, when he came in for the bottom of the 19th in the Mets’ 16-13 victory over the Braves – followed by delayed July 4 fireworks – in one of the strangest games in the history of the Mets – and of baseball in general.
Yup, I watched to the end. (After attending that night's Yankees game in person!) I was youner then, as was Darling - we were both 24 - who allowed two runs, not quite enough for the Mets to blow a late five-run lead.