Glad To Have MET Ya: Pratt Recalls Two Big Postseason Moments

Joey Wahler
September 16, 2019 - 3:16 pm

Ex-Mets catcher Todd Pratt often is reminded of his Game 4, 10th inning, walkoff homer against the Diamondbacks' Matt Mantei, clinching the 1999 National League Division Series.

"Every time I'm here and I appreciate it," said Pratt, recently visiting CitiField. "It's a great memory, not only for the organization and the team. But most importantly the fans in New York. All the support they gave us."

In the '99 National League Championship Series versus the Braves, after Robin Ventura's apparent walkoff grand slam, Pratt embraced his teammate between first and second base, causing the infamous, "Grand Slam Single."

"I just got on second and I wanted to be the first one to celebrate," Pratt said. "He fist pumped but after the game he said, 'I wasn't fist pumping, I was trying to get your but over to third base.' Anyway, I grabbed him and made history. Not the history I wanted, but I still catch hell from Ventura and the guys."

Todd Pratt
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Between baseball jobs in 1996, Pratt worked for Domino's Pizza.

"I didn't deliver any but I'm the one that made them," Pratt said. "I was kind of like an on the spot manager already. I didn't drive my car but basically had to open up around nine in the morning and close around around two. That was the day, so it was a grind."

As a Met, some talented arms kept Pratt on his toes behind the plate.

"Al Leiter was tough," Pratt said. "Mike Hampton with all the movement. And obviously, Billy Wagner. Leiter, you better be on your game to catch him with that 93-mile-an-hour cutter. It was heavy."

In Florida, Pratt now manages the Marlins' advanced Class-A affiliate, the Jupiter Hammerheads.

"It's an opportunity, it's my third year and I'm really loving it," Pratt said. "Just like anything in baseball, nothing's ever secure. So you've just got to grind out there every day and hopefully you do the job."​