The New York Mets Finally Have A No-Hitter: A History of Holding My Breath

Posted on 04 June 2012 by Trish Vignola

Where were you when the world stopped turning? A pitcher from the New York Mets actually pitched a no-hitter. That’s right. We can all stop holding our breath. (I was. Weren’t you?)

After 8,019 games, the second longest active drought in baseball came to an end yesterday. The longest drought in baseball obviously still belongs to my favorite punching bag, the Chicago Cubs. How’s that World Series hunt going?

Seriously, though. Thank you, Johan Santana.

Ok. There was a missed call. So what? That call wouldn’t have impacted the ultimate outcome of the game. It was an 8 to 0 blowout of the St. Louis Cardinals. Quiet down, Yankees fans. We all know Santana threw 134 pitches (a career high) and walked 5 people. You can walk someone in a no-hitter. Check out Dave Righetti.

Besides, when did you know of the Mets to do anything cleanly? See Bill Buckner.

Last night at CitiField, a team best known for backing into its successes finally addressed that giant white elephant in the stadium. You know, the one located to the left of Mr. Met? The New York Mets franchise, a team known for producing stellar pitching talent, finally has a no-hitter under its belt.

So, it took fifty years. Who’s counting?

8,019 games is not even the longest no-hitter drought on record, even though it was the longest active until last night. The longest no-hitter drought in Major League history actually belongs to the Philadelphia Phillies. It took them from May 1, 1906 to June 21, 1964 for a Phillies pitcher to produce another no-hitter. That’s a span that encompassed 8,945 games.

Don’t remind them though. They might throw something at you.

Look at the San Diego Padres. How about putting them on the clock? They are the only existing franchise left in Major League Baseball not to have a pitcher toss a no-hitter. The Padres, who began play in 1969, have gone 43 years without a no-hitter. Their closest bid came against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 18, 1972. Steve Arlin came within one out of a no-hitter before Denny Doyle broke up the bid with a single. On July 9, 2011, five Padres pitchers combined for 8 and 2/3 innings of no-hit pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers before Juan Uribe hit a double, which was followed by a Dioner Navarro single that won the game.

Not so fast Washington Nationals. I’m not letting you off the hook either.

The Washington Nationals franchise has four no-hitters in its history. One of the four is a perfect game by Dennis Martinez. However, they all took place during the team’s existence as the Montreal Expos.

What’s the Canadian conversion on that?

I might be too young to have seen Tom Seaver pitch in his prime, but I’ve seen enough Mets near misses to be owed this one. Before last night, Mets pitchers (including Seaver) threw 36 one-hitters. I might have seen a bunch of those but I nonetheless missed the important one last night.

Where was I?

I was on a New Jersey Transit train, stuck in Elizabeth, New Jersey, during a police action. Someone in my car decided he didn’t need to pay for a ticket, so we had to wait for him to be arrested. My mom fed me play-by-play via text. Blech.

27,069 fans were in attendance last night. That’s about 64% of the stadium’s capacity. I’m sure that as years go on, far more than that will swear they were there. I know that as my story gets revised that dude on the train will totally get tased.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Bill Ivie Says:

    Allow me to chime in…

    First of all, it was a no hitter and deserves to be a no-hitter. A missed call is part of baseball and has been for years.

    However…

    Saying the call did not impact the game is a bit much. At the time, the Mets led 2-0 and Santana was rolling. There is absolutely no debate that Santana does not finish that game if he gives up a hit. If Santana does not finish the game, the bullpen has to. That bullpen we are talking about? WORST in Major League Baseball today.

    Much credit to Santana and the Mets for a great game. Well deserved by that young man and the franchise. No asterisk from this Cardinals fan, a blown call is a blown call, not a hit. That doesn’t mean I’m willing to to agree that it would not have changed the game.

  2. Trish Vignola Says:

    Thanks for responding Bill!

    Yes, I agree. I’ve got two words: Armando Galarraga. If that’s not the definition of of blown calls in baseball, I don’t know what is.

    Let me rephrase what I was trying to say. My point was that the overall score of the game game wasn’t 1-0. It was 8-0. I agree if the bullpen got into the game, that shutout would not have stood. However, you can’t deny that the Mets were hot at the plate that night. The Mets were going to win that game, even with the worst bullpen in the MLB.

    And thank you for your opinion on the asterisk. I thought that was a pretty cheap shot by the Dispatch and obviously thought of by someone who doesn’t understand the game. I’m glad there are folks like yourself out there who get it.

    I wonder what Jeffrey Maier is doing these days?

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