Its been a rainy weekend here in Boston as my friends and I moved in to our new home. Despite a bathtub that won’t drain and the lack of internet (I’m typing this from Tisch Library), I’m psyched to have my own room and space with all my friends! Plus I got a full work-out in moving furniture and boxes up three flights of stairs for the last few days. But there are bigger things than me in this world. Like Johan Santana throwing the first no-hitter in Mets history! Even with pitching greats like Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver, it took the Mets 51 seasons (8,020 games!) to finally achieve this milestone, and no one is more deserving than Johan.
Watching a no-hitter unfold is one of the most exciting things in sports, in my humble opinion. What is normally a routine game, just one more in the long, 162 game season, suddenly becomes a hold-your-breath on every pitch affair. There’s an unwritten rule that you don’t want to mention a no-hitter too early lest you jinx it, but by the 7th inning it’s almost impossible to ignore. After that the tension is almost unbearable as every at-bat becomes a do or die scenario. But what made this no-hitter so amazing to watch was how the whole team played it’s absolute best, putting it all on the line to make sure Santana got what he deserved. Wright stabbed two tough grounders down at third base, and you could sense everyone was hyper-aware of what was going down. No one sacrificed more than right fielder Mike Baxter, who made an astounding catch on a line drive before slamming his shoulder into the wall. Even more amazing is that just last year Santana underwent intense shoulder surgery, returning to criticism that he could never regain his Cy Young form from years ago. Bet everyone will shut up now.
The Mets, who over the last few years have been a terribly depressing team to watch as they have blundered away many a play-off chance, have been surprisingly involved and entertaining to watch so far this spring, with many young players stepping up and making waves. David Wright looks like his old self, as does Santana, and it’s exciting to see the Mets play with such energy. And, like a boss, Johan made history in the most fitting fashion: by coming back from a 3-0 hole vs. David Freese to strike him out.