It took 8,020 games and more than 50 years, but a New York Mets pitcher finally threw a no-hitter last night.
Of course, I was in Newark watching the Bears lose to the St. Paul Saints and I didn’t get to see most of it.
I got home just in time to see the ninth inning. At first I was confused about why Johan Santana was still pitching in the ninth inning of an 8-0 game. Then SNY showed a shot of the scoreboard.
The broadcast crew was talking about Santana’s pitch count, and I hope that his arm feels ok when his next turn comes up in the rotation. But even if the worst happens, I’m glad that Terry Collins gave Santana the chance to go for his no hitter.
Matt Holliday hit a line drive to Andres Torres to start the ninth inning, and there was one out.
This might really be happening, I thought.
Allen Craig hit a fly ball to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and for a second I thought it might drop in. Two outs.
David Freese came up, and Santana fell behind 3-0. Again, I started to worry that this was going to be another legendary “almost.” But the next pitch was a strike, and Freese fouled off the one after that to get the count to 3-2.
Finally, Santana threw a perfect changeup and Freese swung and missed.
Mets fans finally have our no-hitter and our first great moment at Citi Field, and Santana has cemented his status as a Mets legend.
And what I loved – even more than Santana’s brilliance on the mound – were his post game comments. He kept saying that this was for us, the fans, and for his teammates who helped make the no-hitter possible.
According to SNY’s Facebook page, they’ll be re-airing last night’s game at 12 p.m. I know how I’ll be spending my afternoon.