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Here's the Commish's pick for No. 9. April 18, 1987, seat cushion night.
It was October in April on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
In one of the most bizarre, dramatic baseball games this early in the season, Tom Herr's first career grand slam gave the Cardinals a 12-8 victory over the New York Mets in 10 innings.
Fans sent seat cushions sailing onto the field, and drivers honked horns in the streets as though if the Cardinals had won their 100th game rather than their sixth.
Herr, whose double had helped the Cardinals erase the Mets' early 5-0 lead, connected against Jesse Orosco after rookie Tom Pagnozzi had tied the game with his first big-league hit earlier in the inning.
Herr drove in six runs.
"I knew it was out when I hit it," Herr said. "It was a great feeling seeing everybody waiting at home plate and going a little crazy."
From Orosco's standpoint, the first-pitch fastball prompted him to say, "Oh, no."
"I was hoping it would hit a bird or something," he said.
For Herr, the moment ranked in "the top five" of his career.
"If it had been in October, it would have been a little higher," he said. "Maybe down the road you can look back and say this was a big win for us and a big loss for them. But I would be very surprised if this fazed them a whole lot."
This was a full-moon game from the very beginning.
"I don't know if it was very entertaining," Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog said.
"I guess that will be the end of seat cushion day."
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