The First No-Hitter In Mets History Included A Blown Call And A Gary Carter Impersonator That Crashed The Party

Johan Santana

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Johan Santana made history tonight when he threw the first no-hitter in the 51-year history of the New York Mets. But to accomplish the feat, he needed a little help from one umpire and a manager willing to overlook his pitch count.And considering the monumental moment, the night may be best remembered for one fan in a Mets jersey that joined the celebration on the field.

On the next few pages we will take a look at how Santana threw his no-hitter and the craziness that surrounded the event.

Looks like the ball caught the line

Next year, this play will probably be reviewable in Major League Baseball

But this year, the umpire ruled emphatically and that's the end of it

There was another close call in the seventh inning with this running grab

In between innings, Santana was a lonely man

Santana had never thrown more than 125 pitches in one game, but was at 107 to start the eighth inning

He needed some quick outs and got the first batter in the eighth on the first pitch, but there was a near-collision

After retiring the second batter, what Santana didn't need was a 5-pitch walk with 113 pitches

But his 122nd pitch was a weak liner to keep the no-hitter intact

Leaving no doubt, Santana came out to hit in the eighth and never swung the bat before striking out

The dugout couldn't watch

And the fans couldn't sit

But with two outs and 130 pitches, Santana went to a 3-0 count

And the celebration was on. But wait. Is that a Mets player wearing shorts?

Hmm. This is NOT a player or coach. This is NOT Gary Carter

All that was left was the whipped cream pie

Now check out the call that may have helped Philip Humber in his perfect game earlier this year

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