Mets fans have been waiting for this for 50 years.Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Dwight Gooden never did this.
Tonight, Johan Santana became the first Met to throw a no-hitter.
The score was 8-0, and the losing squad was the Cardinals, but those are just footnotes.
By the 7th inning, Johan’s pitch count was already creeping up into the 90s.
Manager Terry Collins began ordering relief pitchers to warm up. He also paced around the dugout like a nervous wreck.
Most no-hitters require a few amazing defensive plays and a little bit of luck. This was like most no-hitters.
The luck came during the 5th inning when a ball ripped down the line by Carlos Beltran (a former Met) was ruled foul even though it hit the line.
Johan got the amazing defensive play from left-fielder Mike Baxter in the top of the seventh when he went careening into the wall to make a catch that saved Santana’s effort. Baxter went out of the game with a contusion in his right shoulder.
Now for the cheese-ball part.
For Mets fans, it feels as if a curse has been lifted.
Speaking as one, I can tell you that over the years when a Met pitcher got into the 6th or 7th inning without giving up a hit text messages would begin to filter in: “Are you watching the game?”
And you just knew what that meant. Something amazing could happen, but most likely you’d be disappointed.
Tonight those messages came in. But that feeling of anxiety finally went slack. That surge of hope was rewarded.
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