All hail Johan Santana!

Friday, June 01, 2012

All hail Johan Santana!

I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime, but the gutsy little New York left-hander just accomplished what no other Mets pitcher before him... not Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan, Jon Matlack, Ron Darling, Dwight Gooden, Sid Fernan­dez, David Cone, Frank Viola, Mike Hampton or Al Leiter... had ever done while wearing a Mets uniform!

Santana just pitched a no hitter, and he did it against the best hitting team in the National League!

Comments

1. EastEnd68 said...

A big thanks to the third base ump: guess those things just happen.

What?!? Are you suggesting that something nefarious was at work? Do you want a subpoena issued for third-base umpire Adrian Johnson's bank account?

Yeah, game officials blow calls... seen a lot of that over my decades, an out call on the Dodgers' Jerry Hairston when first-baseman Todd Helton's foot was two-three feet off the bag two weeks ago, got an apology from umpire Tim Welke. Sunday will be the second anniversary of first-base umpire Jim Joyce's two-out blown call that cost Detroit's Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

That's why one of the most often heard cries in the 16 original ball parks was "Kill the umpire!"
– Dean

2. EastEnd68 said...

Not suggesting anything....

Good. I mis-read your tone. (But then I screwed the guy's name up, too!)
Dean

3. Linesider36 said...

"¡OYE COMO VA!" Carlos pitches for the Mets now, and he threw a no-hitter? "SMOOTH"

I sense that this will haunt me for a time.
Dean

4. Coach K said...

Carlos?

Can't tell where my head was on that one!
Dean

5. Jeanne Speir said...

HA! Those last three words brought back memories of Soccer Games Spoiled! Kill the umpire, indeed!

Time for Instant Replay in all sports.

My wife, the recovering Soccer Mom! While the NFL and to a lesser extent the NHL and MLB have adopted new technology as part of their growth, "going to the videotape" as a matter of course, means they'll be passing out sleeping bags at ballparks.
Dean

6. Crabby said...

blue noteI ain't GOT nobody, that I can depend on....

Well, fortunately I do; sharp-eyed readers who can't wait to pounce like a duck on a beetle when they spot a screw-up!

It's what keeps me diligent and alert!
– Dean

7. Rob F. said...

Johan!!! All the more amazing since he didn't play last season. It was a joy for this long-suffering Mets fan to behold. The foul hitting the third-base chalk line threw a bit of cold water on it – but just a bit. These things happen.

As for instant replay in MLB, more of it is reportedly coming in 2012, subject to approval by the umpires' union: Fair/foul calls, balls caught/trapped, and interference beyond the home run boundary at all walls.

Basabool is going to do what it's going to do, and while I've always hated the Designated Hitter rule, the final straw for me will be moving Houston to the American League next year, which means that Interleague play will be a daily occurrence rather than "something special" twice a season.
– Dean

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