Chicago Cubs: My favorite memory vs. every National League team

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Chicago Cubs: New York Mets

My first ever game that I watched as a Chicago Cubs fan was against the Mets, Opening Day 1994 at Wrigley Field. Tuffy Rhodes hit three home runs against Dwight Gooden, and though the Cubs lost the game, Rhodes had his 15 minutes of fame in the major leagues.

The Mets are part of two bad memories for me as a Cubs fan, and I wasn’t even around for 1969. In 2004, the Cubs blew a late 3-0 lead to the Mets in New York as part of their late-season collapse, and then there was the 2015 NLCS, a Mets sweep in which the Cubs’ bats failed to show up.

I looked through the archives to see if anything could compare to watching that first game in 1994. Here are a few notable games I found:

  • May 3, 1996: Down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth at Wrigley Field, Sammy Sosa came up with two on and hit a three-run homer off Paul Wilson as the Cubs earned a 4-2 win.
  • March 31, 2003: On Opening Day in New York, Corey Patterson had four hits, two home runs, and seven RBIs as the Cubs pounded Tom Glavin and the Mets, 15-2.
  • 2015: Before the Mets swept the Cubs in the playoffs, the Cubs swept the regular-season series from the Mets, winning all seven games.
  • September 12-14, 2017: The Cubs swept all three games from the Mets, scoring a total of 39 runs.

I’m going to go with the Tuffy Rhodes game since it’s such an important game in my fandom. However, I’ve always been a big Patterson fan, so I guess I couldn’t go wrong with that choice, either.