The green hats on the Met players on the background of Brett Butler's 1995 Bazooka card make identifying the date easy - St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1994.
So what happened this day? I don't have a box score, but according to the NY Times, the Dodgers won 4-3. Chan Ho Park started for the Dodgers; Dave Telgheder started for the Mets in place of Anthony Young who was sidelined by a pulled right groin muscle. This annoyed Angel scouts in attendance; they were interested in a potential Young-for-JT Snow trade. Considering the diverging careers of Young and Snow, this has to go down as another in a long history of bad breaks for the Mets.
The biggest news of the day came earlier in the morning, however, when Dodgers outfielder Darryl Strawberry found out his son Jordan Shay was born while Strawberry was working out on the field before the game. According to the LA Times, he was named after basketball star Michael Jordan. Sixteen years later, he is following in his namesake's footsteps; he is currently playing basketball for Mater Dei High School in Anaheim.
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