It took 8,020 games but the New York Mets finally have a no-hitter thanks to the efforts of Johan Santana.
Of course the game didn’t come without controversy. In the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran, facing the Mets for the first time since being traded, hit a ball down the third baseline that hit the foul line but was called foul.
Another key play in the game came in the seventh inning when Mike Baxter made a spectacular catch at the warning track in left and had to leave the game after smashing into the wall. As of now, it is being reported that Baxter has a left shoulder contusion. With that catch, Baxter has made himself and instant hero among Mets fans and will be the key highlight in this no-hitter.
Another key twist to the first no-hitter in the Mets’ 50 year history, is the fact that this was Mets catcher Josh Thole first game back from the disabled list after suffering a concussion. Thole called a great game and it was no question that he had a big part in Santana’s great performance.
Santana’s original pitch count for the game was 110 pitches. He went well beyond that pitching a career high 134 pitches. Terry Collins had no intentions taking Santana out of the game even with the high pitch count. Collins new that history was being made and there was no way he could take him out.
Mets fans have waited a long time for this moment and it was worth the wait. It was a great night for the town the Mets organization and most importantly the fans.
One final thought on the Santana’s no-hitter. There was a fan who jumped onto the field and ran into the Mets’ celebration pile after the last out of the game. He was wearing a Gary Carter jersey. Carter recently passed away after a battle with brain cancer. It may have been illegal to do, but it almost seemed like Carter was there with the team when he jumped in the pile. He was shortly tackled by security, but for that brief moment it felt like he was there.
This moment easily ranks as a top five moment in Mets history. It was full of drama, joy and fulfillment.
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