Remembering Johan Santana’s no-hitter

Johan Santana no-hitter collage

One year ago, Johan Santana made Mets history, throwing the franchise’s first no-hitter. It was a historic event for the Mets and their fans. Here’s what it meant to the MetsBlog staff…

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

What was amazing to me about the no-hitter was just how out-of-the-blue it was. I started watching the game like any other night, even thinking I might switch to a movie partway through, and then it ended up being the greatest night of my Mets fan life (I was pre-awareness during the ’86 series). For the last hour, I was a wreck, gnawing at my nails, counting every pitch, and I literally spent the entire last inning hopping up and down. But the payoff was more than worth the wait (yes, I cried like a baby) and more than anything else I was just so happy it was Johan. So much of his time here was considered by many to be a failure, despite the fact that he pitched very, very well for the Mets. Though it wasn’t his last game for us, it’s the memory I hold to most closely and as far as I’m concerned, he went out on the highest note any of us could have hoped for.

Andrew Wharton, Contributor

What a crazy night that was. There was a big storm that blew through my area so we lost power before the game came on. I certainly didn’t expect a no-hitter, so I went about my business doing other things. When power was restored during the seventh inning I tuned in just in time to see the score before a commercial break — no hits. We’ve been down that road before, so I tried not to get too excited, but those last six outs made me into a nervous wreck. I swear, I was like a five year old on Christmas when he got that final strikeout. I’ll proudly admit I got a bit choked up watching the celebration, realizing what I had just witnessed. And, of course, it had to be Johan.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs with this team over the years, but that night was as nerve-wracking as I’ve ever experienced as a fan. It’s funny, because on all other nights when momentum was building toward a no-hitter – including Matt Harvey’s bids earlier in 2013 – I never once believed it would actually happen, except on that night. I just knew it was going to happen. Having said that, I remember being completely amazed he was able to accomplish such a feat, considering nobody believed he would be ready to start that season. He is a true baseball warrior and somebody who left everything on the field, even when he wasn’t 100 percent. His no-hitter is something I admire to this day not so much for the feat alone but because he defied the odds and doubts cast against him. It will always be one of the proudest moments and most appreciated efforts in my Mets fandom.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I root for the Mets. I root for them to win and for them to be happy about winning. It’s fun for me to watch, of course, but it’s their team and their moments. I’m not in the clubhouse. I don’t get a share of the winnings. The players don’t know my name. I don’t get to celebrate with them. I simply live vicariously through their success and failures, which act as a distraction from the regular routine of my life, and I get to high five my friends and enjoy watching the game. Santana’s no-hitter was the most fun I’ve had watching a game that didn’t occur in October. I’ve seen other team’s fans get that experience, but I never had it. The fact that Santana was the one to bring it makes it all the more fun. Before Matt Harvey, Santana was my favorite pitcher. Similar to Harvey, I admired Santana’s work ethic, hustle and focus on being the best. To see him be the best that night, in such a dominant way, made me smile all night and the next day. And, frankly, that’s all I ever really ask of my favorite baseball team.

Want to re-live the excitement? On Monday, June 3, SNY will re-air the “No-han” game at 7:30 p.m.