Just in time for the holiday season, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Sevenlist takes a look at the most memorable moments in the history of our beloved Mets. We will continue our countdown today with number three; Johan Santana's no-hitter.
It only took 8,020 games, but on June 1, 2012, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter by a New York Met. That night, in front of a paid crowd of 27,069, Santana took his place in the history books, as well as the hearts of Met fans forever, with 134 pitches over nine innings of work, as the Mets routed the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 8-0.
The Amazins' lefty ace walked five over his nine innings and narrowly avoided tossing the (at the time) 35th Met one-hitter in franchise history, when a sinking line drive off the bat of former Met superstar Carlos Beltran drifted just far enough left to warrant a foul ball call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson. Replays showed the ball just clipping the chalk, but the call stood and Johan soldiered on towards history.
As I mentioned during that night's game recap here on Mets 101, "The Mets have been on the opposite end six times, having been no-hit by Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Bob Moose, Bill Stoneman, Ed Halicki and Darryl Kile. The Amazins fell short of the all-time longest no hitter drought by 925 games, a mark still held by the Philadelphia Phillies of 1906-1964. Notably, seven former Mets have gone on to throw no-hitters for other teams as Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, David Cone, Mike Scott, Hideo Nomo and Phillip Humber all accomplished the feat."
No Met fan will ever forget where they were that night and can express, still in utter disbelief, as Gary Cohen did so that night "It has happened!"
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