Braves 1, Mets 0
Oct. 16, 1999
NEW YORK (AP) _ While the New York fans taunted Chipper Jones and John Rocker, Tom Glavine quietly pitched the Atlanta Braves to the brink of another World Series.
Glavine pitched seven sterling innings, making an unearned run in the first stand up, and the Braves silenced boisterous Shea Stadium with a 1-0 victory over the Mets in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Friday night.
Atlanta, which leads the best-of-7 series 3-0, can advance to its first World Series since 1996 when John Smoltz pitches against New York's Rick Reed on Saturday night, looking to finish off a Braves' sweep.
The sellout crowd of 55,911 was clearly upset by inflammatory comments made by Rocker and Jones, waving signs such as ``I Want to Fight John Rocker'' and serenading Jones with slow chants of ``Lar-ry, Lar-ry'' _ his given name, but one he doesn't like.
Mike Remlinger pitched a scoreless eighth before Rocker sprinted in from the bullpen in the ninth to deafening boos. Seeming to thrive on the reception, he shook off an error by shortstop Walt Weiss to strike out Mets division series hero Todd Pratt, retire Melvin Mora on a deep fly to center and got Rey Ordonez on a weak grounder to shortstop to end the game.
Rocker pumped his fist at the quiet crowd while the Braves ran on the field to congratulate him. New York players walked back to their dugout with their heads down, surely aware that no team has recovered from an 0-3 deficit.