Thanks for the memories, Johan
With today’s news, it’s looking more and more like Johan Santana‘s appearance in a 6-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on August 17th, 2012 will be his final one in a Mets uniform. That day, Santana gave up all six runs in five innings, including home runs by Bryce Harper and Mike Morse, to earn his fifth consecutive loss.
Santana’s final appearance that we’d like to remember came on June 30th, 2012, when he held a depleted Los Angeles Dodgers lineup to just three hits over eight innings as the Mets won 5-0.
The game that will be part of Mets’ lore for all time cane on June 1st, 2012 – the first no-hitter in franchise history.
But Santana’s biggest victory as a Met almost seems forgotten now. On the next-to-last day of the 2008 season, in what turned out to be the Mets’ final victory at Shea Stadium, Johan pitched a three-hit shutout against the Florida Marlins that kept the Mets’ playoff hopes alive for one more day. Imagine if the 2008 Mets had anything resembling a reliable bullpen…
It turned out that Santana pitched in that game on a bad knee, so who knows how much or how well he might have been able to pitch in the playoffs if the Mets had made it, but I wonder…
I choose to remember Johan Santana’s Mets career for the good things. I will not let my lasting thoughts be of a bloated contract, a general manager’s passive-aggressive bullshit, or an ill-advised bullpen session.
Here’s to wishing Johan the best in his recovery from his latest shoulder injury.