The New York Mets are relatively young compared to most Major League Baseball teams. With a number of teams that can trace their roots back to the late 19th/ early 20th century a franchise that has just been around since 1962 is a relative babe.
Since 1962 (and prior to Friday night) the Mets have played 8019 games, had 931 players put the uniform on, have scored 32,713 runs, made 68, 125 hits, and recorded 6282 home runs en route to winning four pennants and two World Series titles.
You would think that there would be nothing that could be done on a baseball field that they had not done in those 8019 games. On Friday, in Game 8020, they recorded one thing that they had yet to record in 51 seasons of competitive play.
The ace on the mound for this historic night was a guy that could use a little boost to regain his street cred with the home town fans, Johan Santana. After a stellar first season with the team in 2008, he has been good, just not the stud that the Mets thought they were getting from Minnesota. In 10 starts this season he only had a record of 2-2.
If anything should buy him more time to work his way back into the hearts of New Yorkers it will be throwing the very first no-hitter in franchise history.
For the record, Santana wasn’t completely dialed in, but with the help of his team he was dialed in enough. Santana put five base runners on himself via walks and struck out eight while throwing 134 pitches over nine innings (his second complete game in a row).
Now if only I had picked up Santana in my fantasy league when I had the chance!
(Watch the final at-bat for this historic game!)