30 Years of Adam: 1987

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

Slight change of plans for 1987. Rather than look at the headlines from May 17 of that year -- in case you're wondering the top story was about a missile attack in Iraq that hit a U.S. frigate, killing at least 3 people and leaving 30 unaccounted for -- I want to share a personal memory.

This didn't happen on my birthday, and quite frankly I can't remember my 7th birthday at all, but 1987 was the year I attended my first game at Shea Stadium. That came later that summer, on July 19. It was a day game against the Cincinnati Reds, one that included a 58-minute rain delay in the 11th inning. My dad stuck it out with me and we moved closer to the field once play resumed. After it did, Darryl Strawberry drew a walk, and Kevin McReynolds followed it with a bases loaded single, giving the Mets a 6-5 win. My favorite player, Keith Hernandez, went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Howard Johnson homered in the 6th inning, and all was well.

I wasn't really a Mets fan, or even a baseball fan, before 1986, but that game in 1987 solidified my fandom for life.