The New York Mets (29-23) beat the St. Louis Cardinals (27-25) tonight at Citi Field by the score of 8-0. But that’s not all…!
Johan Santana threw a no-hitter tonight, which was his first ever and the first no-hitter in Mets history!
Today was the 8,020th game in the history of the New York Mets, and finally a Met has recorded a no-hitter as a member of this franchise.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was on the edge of my seat all game. It was another one of those games. Around the fifth inning, I had that infamous thought again:
Could this be the night? Will he throw the no-no?
As Mets fans we’ve thought about that many, many times. Just a couple seasons ago, a guy by the name of John Maine threw a one-hitter. But, everyone that watched this game tonight witnessed history. Back in March we had no idea that Johan would even be ready for Opening Day. There were questions about his velocity post-surgery and if he could ever be good again. I think Johan proved all those reporters wrong. He was and IS a great pitcher.
On the SNY broadcast of Johan Santana speaking post-game about his no-hitter, Santana said that Terry Collins told him in the seventh inning that he’s Terry’s hero.
Also, when asked if he had ever thrown a no-no at any level, professional or amateur…
“I don’t even think I threw a no-hitter in video games,” says Johan on the @SNYtv broadcast.
— Adam G of MetsOnline (@MetsOnline) June 2, 2012
Not to be forgotten, Mike Baxter risked his body tonight making an incredible catch, hitting the left field wall and being forced to leave the game with a left shoulder contusion. Here’s a video of it: (If the video doesn’t work on your browser, watch it here)
Here’s a picture of Johan from SNY’s Facebook Page with the whipped cream pie on his face: