Last night, at Citi Field in New York City, NY Mets pitcher Johan Santana did what no Mets pitcher did in 8,019 previous games. He threw a complete no-hit, no-run game. I’ve been a Mets fan my entire life (not counting the almost two years the team didn’t exist after I was first born), and while there have been many close games, and many one-hitters, and many, many great pitchers on the Mets staff, there has never been a no-hitter thrown by a Mets pitcher, while he was a Mets pitcher, until last night. After leaving the Mets, Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters in his career, and some Mets, like David Cone, even pitched a perfect game (one in which no batter reaches base at all). As with many no-hitters before, there were controversial calls and great plays. Former Met Carlos Beltran lined a hard shot down the third base line that was called foul by the ump, but replays showed it clearly hit the chalk and should have been fair. Beltran grounded out on the next pitch. The next inning, Mets left fielder Mike Baxter chased down a long fly ball to left, catching it just before crashing into the wall. He had to leave the game with a contusion, but the no-hitter was intact. So, despite having to go to work this Saturday morning, I’m very happy. And you?
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