For one night Santana made everyone put that in the past and savorwhat had never happened in the team's previous 8,019 games. "It's an honor, Santana said. We have been through a lot ofthings but I'll never give up. We always been together. We win,loss together and to been able to accomplish this, it's an honor. |
For some reason Mets pitchers in the previous years had thedistinction of throwing no-hitters after leaving the franchise.Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden are three of seven formerMets to have done so. Ron Darling, a Mets pitcher during the team's glory days of the1980's and now an analyst for the team on SNY, was proud ithappened to a guy like Santana. "For me ... a guy that wore this uniform, a guy that was proud tobe a New York Mets starting pitcher, you wanted it to be someone ofroyalty that did it," Darling said.
"You wanted it to be someonewho was Seaver-like, Gooden-like. Someone like that. Thank God itwas Santana. Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen on SNY was a Mets fan from thebeginning of the franchise's days. Like most Mets fans, he justbelieved the Mets would never have a no-hitter.
"As someone who has been watching the Mets since 1964, part ofbeing a Mets fan has always been the fact that no Mets had everythrown a no-hitter. That the Mets had always had the greatestpitching in history be it Seaver or (Jon) Matlack or (Gary) Gentryor Ryan or Gooden or Darling or (Sid) Fernandez and yet it neverhappened," Cohen told Fox News Latino. Cohen said he tried to stay in the moment once Santana got the lastout. "I think not only was it a special night to be a Mets fan, but forit to be this guy who is such baseball royalty and has comebackfrom an injury few pitchers had ever comeback from before made iteven more spectacular." Every no-hitter has its plays that makes it even more memorable.
The baseball gods were clearly on Santana's side. It was Carlos Beltr n's homecoming after the Mets traded thePuerto Rican outfielder to San Francisco last summer. His grounderin the sixth inning went over the third base bag and caught part ofthat white chalk line that separates the field from foul and fairterritory. But third base umpire ruled it a foul ball even asreplays showed the dusty, white powdery substance rise as soon asthe ball landed on it. "I don't think anybody expected that tonight.
Everything came outperfect for him," Beltr n told reporters. "It should mean a lotfor him after battling last year with injuries. I'm not happy aboutit, but at the same time he's a good man and I'm happy for him." Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson flicked his bat away and took stepstowards first base in the eighth inning when his hand was grazed bypitch on 1-2 count but the home plate umpire ruled otherwise.Replays also showed the ball had hit him. But it was Mike Baxter's play, the local kid from Whitestone, whosaved the day when Yadier Molina laced a pitch to left field. Baxter, who cheered on the Mets during his youth, crashed into theleft field wall after making a catch.
He laid on the warning trackin pain and Mets players and trainers ran out to make sure he wasalright. "Really glad I was able to make it. It's a great night. Johan wasincredible tonight.
It was just a good night for the Mets," Baxtersaid. Adry Torres, who has covered MLB, NFL, NBA and NCAA basketballgames and related events, is a regular contributor to Fox NewsLatino. He can be reached at or follow him on Twitter: @adrytorresnyc Follow us on twitter.com/foxnewslatino Like us at facebook.com/foxnewslatino.
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