There were seven no-hitters this past baseball season. However, one stood out more than the rest. There is one franchise who seems to have the worst luck and has become the laughing stock of the MLB. Who might I be talking about? New York’s other team, the New York Mets. This organization has constantly been ridiculed for its awful contracts and lackluster performance. However, the Mets did make one impressive trade when they traded prospects for the Cy Young winner, Johan Santana.
Santana was one of the most elite pitchers in the game. However, when he came over to New York he was constantly plagued by injuries and never returned to what he was in Minnesota. Except for one night in July when he was spectacular. It was a game that the Mets were hosting the reigning World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. It was already expected to be a big game because it was Carlos Beltran’s first game back to New York since being traded.
Santana was pitching brilliantly and the Mets were actually giving him run support. Once it got to the sixth,seventh inning, fans started noticing that Santana had yet to give up a hit. Being used to disappointment, Mets fans assumed that there was no way he was going to go all nine innings nor would manager Terry Collins allow his ace to be overworked.
Now the Mets get to the ninth inning. Still no hits have been given up, but Santana is up to 115 pitches and still has batters to face. What to do? Collins surely didn’t know, but knew he owed it to the Mets fans who have waited 8,020 games to see a pitcher go all the way. Two outs in the ninth. Matt Holiday steps into the box. Strike 1. Strike 2. Can this really happen? Can Johan Santana really accomplish something Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Doc Gooden, and David Cone could not deliver to these fans? Strike 3, swinging at a change up! YES JOHAN SANTANA PITCHED THE FIRST NO-HITTER IN NEW YORK METS HISTORY!!!!! What an amazing feeling for the fans! Johan Santana, one of the most beloved Mets pitchers finally broke the curse. It was so emotional, Santana cried, Collins cried, and now I am tearing up thinking about it! It could not have happened to a better guy. What a great moment in sports!
When I tell people that I am a Mets fan, I am normally greeted with laughter. However, the first half of the season garnered them some respect. They are basically a minor-league team who had an MVP third baseman in David Wright who was virtually impossible to get out. Their pitching was phenomenal. Their beloved ace, Johan Santana finally got the one thing that had eluded the Mets for 8,019 games, a no-hitter. Santana was followed up by the greatest story in baseball in knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey. Dickey befuddled most hitters and had back to back one hitters. The Mets and their fans were riding high for the first few months of the season. They were right there headed to the playoffs. However, then the second half began. What a difference a few days off can make. This team is almost unrecognizable especially after today’s news. As if losing one starting pitcher, Mike Pelfrey, was not bad enough. The Mets added two more starting pitchers to the disabled list, one being their ace Johan Santana. Santana has been having major trouble on the mound recently and it was clear to all that the gamer was hiding some kind of injury. The Mets have only won one game since the second half began and have looked absolutely awful. Their bullpen is an atrocity and everyone sees it. They are almost guaranteed to lose a close lead. There are a few bright lights for this team. David Wright is having an unbelievable year both offensively and defensively. Without him, who knows how poorly this team would be doing. He is the veteran of the team that has garnered respect from others by the heart that he gives during every game. A young kid named Jordanny Valdespin has proven to be clutch again and again and again. He has shown the Mets that he has some great power with FOUR pinch-hit home runs late in games. This kid has a very bright future and should really be playing over veteran Jason Bay regardless of Bay’s contract. It is very clear that New York and Jason Bay do not agree and the Mets want more Valdespin time. Due to the injuries to the pitchers, it appears that some of the big prospects that the Mets have will finally make their debut, most notably Matt Harvey. Mets fans have been not-so patiently waiting for his debut as he might be the future for the Mets. It would be quite sad to watch this team who fought so incredible hard just slip all the way down into the cellar. Even if they do not go anywhere in October, this team has left their mark in history and fans’ hearts.
Wow, what a night in Flushing. Put it in the books, Johan Santana has officially made history for the New York Mets. Johan Santana has thrown the first Mets’ no-hitter in 8,020 games aka ever. What an emotional night for Santana and all the Mets’ players. After coming back from shoulder surgery and doubts of him even playing a full season, what does he do? He shuts all of the New York media up. The classiest part of Johan? He first pointed to the fans and said “Thank you”. No Johan, thank YOU for making history and putting smiles on fans faces again after losing their marquis shortstop, having their owner’s finances dragged threw the mud, and being injury-ridden for yet another season. Thank you for your hard work and tenacity. As a Mets fan, I love you for the fire you play for every pitch you threw.
And a special thank you to Mike Baxter for making an awesome catch against the wall to protect the no-hitter. I hope you come out tomorrow and play your heart out again.
Put it in the books. The 21st perfect game ever thrown occurred this afternoon in Seattle. Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber [the “H” is silent], was the pitcher who made history. Watching his demeanor throughout the game was the incredible part. He did not even seem like he broke a sweat. That was until the last out which came on a check swing in which the ball got away from catcher AJ Pierzynski. He scrambled for the ball and made the throw to first base while the rest of the Sox jumped on Humber. Once everyone cleared the field, Humber was doused with some ice cold Gatorade by teammates. There has not been a perfect game since Roy Halladay tossed one in 2010 against the Florida Marlins; before they relocated and changed their name for absolutely no reason. The best part of the story? Humber joins a long list of former New York Mets’ pitchers to leave the team and pitch a perfect/no-hitter somewhere else. He joins a list including: Nolan Ryan, David Cone, Tom Seaver, and Dwight “Doc” Gooden. Congrats to you Phil and all the White Sox members because they all played a role in that moment in history. Mets’ fans, well, it should not come as much of a shock.