NEW YORK — Steve Garvey, his right knee swollen as a result of a collision with Gary Carter's shin guards the day before, on Sunday missed his first game since 1984. He had played in 305 consecutive games--a Padre record--but he was hardly sentimental after the streak ended.
"It was a nice streak, a pretty good streak," he said. "A Padre record? Three-hundred games? It was the longest streak going in the National League. Not bad. I came close (to playing). I got to the on-deck circle."
Yes, he nearly kept it going. In the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, the Padres had two men on in the eighth inning--they trailed 6-1 at the time. With Tony Gwynn batting with two outs, Garvey walked into the on-deck circle as a pinch-hitter, but Gwynn lined out to pitcher Dwight Gooden.
And Garvey didn't bat in the ninth because Manager Steve Boros was saving him for an important situation--which never came up. Garvey did not play in the second game either.