Basically, I love Johan Santana. It’s official. I love knowing Terry Collins would had to have fought Santana on the mound had he tried to pull him from the game. I love how focused he is, how he roots for his teammates, cheers them along on field, and how gets the crowd to only look center stage. And, most important, I love that he gave me this memory tonight. We’ve been waiting and watching and joking about the franchise’s lack of a no-hitter forever. I’m so happy he was the guy to bring this to us and the franchise.
Santana has talked all year about the need to make adjustments, find consistent command, and give the team length. It has all come together for him in the last week. He threw a lot of pitches to make this happen tonight, and so, as is always the case with Johan, how he recovers from this is criticial. I wonder how the team is going to handle this as far as possibly giving him an extra day off, or limiting his pitch count, and so on.
In any event, we have waited so long for this day to come. I think a lot of us thought it might never come. But the team’s inspiring and thought provoking ace came up with a gem and the game of his life, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a Mets fan as I am right now. Congratulations to Johan, the Mets, and baseball history for the new addition to the no-hit club.
WB Mason Post Game Extra