Mets black jersey moments: Ranking the Top 10

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Mike Piazza Robin Ventura David Wright black jerseys (NOT FOR REUSE)
Mike Piazza Robin Ventura David Wright black jerseys (NOT FOR REUSE)

The Mets' black jerseys are polarizing, pretty awesome (in moderation, of course) and are now back thanks in part to players advocating for them and owner Steve Cohen helping to make it happen.

Here are the 10 best moments in Mets black jersey history...

No. 10 - June 6, 1999: Mets crush Yankees after coaching staff shakeup

A day after the Mets fired three members of manager Bobby Valentine's coaching staff, they demolished Roger Clemens and the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in a game that featured Mike Piazza's towering two-run homer off Clemens. The win helped ignite a run to the postseason.

This game (and a few others on this list) featured the Mets in their road black jerseys, which haven't yet returned but would look awfully nice as an option along with their traditional road Grays and crisp road Blues.

No. 9 - June 11, 2000: Robin Ventura impersonates Mike Piazza

With the Mets and Yankees in a rain delay in the Bronx, Robin Ventura put on Piazza's jersey, painted on a fake mustache, and took an "at-bat" as Piazza -- mannerisms and all -- before running around the bases and doing a tarp dive into home plate as his teammates and the fans went wild.

No. 8 - June 9, 1999: Bobby Valentine goes incognito

Shortly after being ejected from a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Shea Stadium, manager Bobby Valentine returned to the dugout in disguise, slapping on a fake mustache while wearing a black t-shirt, hat, and glasses.

No. 7 - June 9, 2000: Mike Piazza hits grand slam off Roger Clemens

Against the Yankees in the Bronx, Piazza crushed a grand slam to dead center off Clemens to give the Mets a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

About a month later, Clemens -- who had been owned by Piazza throughout his career -- hit Piazza in the head with a pitch that Valentine believed was intentional.

Then in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, Clemens threw a broken bat shard at Piazza (claiming he thought it was the ball, which never made any sense) and was somehow not ejected for it.

No. 6 - October 5, 1999: Edgardo Alfonzo's slam lifts Mets over Diamondbacks in Game 1 of NLDS

In the ninth inning of the Mets' first postseason game in 11 years, Edgardo Alfonzo's grand slam broke a 4-4 tie and lifted New York to a win over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Mets went on to win the series in four games.

No. 5 - Sept. 18, 2006: Mets clinch NL East title

In front of a raucous crowd at Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the then-Florida Marlins to clinch their first NL East title since 1988. After Cliff Floyd caught the final out, a wild celebration ensued, where David Wright and other Mets smoked cigars and drank champagne on the field while hugging the fans who were in the stands.

No. 4 - Oct. 8, 2000: Bobby Jones' one-hitter carries Mets to NLCS

A night after Benny Agbayani's 13th-inning homer gave the Mets a 2-1 series lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS, Bobby Jones' one-hit masterpiece lifted New York to a series win and a date with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

No. 3 - Oct. 16, 2000: Mike Hampton's gem sends Mets to World Series

Hampton, the NLCS MVP, led the Mets over the Cardinals as he dominated St. Louis in Game 5 at Shea Stadium to send the Mets to the World Series, where they faced the Yankees.

No. 2 - June 30, 2000: Piazza's blast punctuates 10-run inning against Braves

In one of the most memorable regular season games in Mets history, Piazza's laser of a three-run homer capped a 10-run eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. After hitting the homer, Piazza unleashed an emphatic fist pump as the fans went ballistic.

No. 1 - Oct. 17, 1999: Robin Ventura's Grand Slam Single

After the Mets rallied late to win Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves to stave off elimination, they came from behind in Game 5 in the bottom of the 15th inning to tie it up before Ventura stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out.

Ventura's drive to right field won it before it even cleared the fence. And after he made it past first base, his teammates mobbed him and prevented him from rounding the bases -- leading to the final being 4-3 instead of 7-3.

The Mets nearly won Game 6 in Atlanta, too, but came up just short of forcing a Game 7 and a potential Subway Series with the Yankees.

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