In a throw back performance, Johan Santana, coming off re-constructive shoulder surgery, threw 134 pitches and recorded the first no hitter in the 8,020th game in New York Mets history against the defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals!!!!
It took fifty one years to accomplish this feat. The Mets have had great pitchers, but never climbed this mountain successfully.
I can remember the sight in 1969 of journeyman James Robert Qualls of the Chicago Cub's soft opposite field single falling on the plush green left center field Shea Stadium grass with two (2) out in the ninth (9th) inning and breaking up Tom Seaver's bid for a perfect game.
Forty years ago, little-known Qualls spoiled Seaver's bid at perfection
If you happened to be thumbing through the Newsday sports section on Thursday, you may have noticed an unusual box score: Mets 4, Cubs 0, in New York. Time of game: 2 hours, 2 minutes. Then you read the not-so-fine print: the game -- a Tom Seaver one-hitter -- was played 40 years ago, when the Mets were becoming the Miracle Mets, winners of the '69 World Series. Newsday is paying tribute to the team.
That game was more than a one-hitter. Shea Stadium was packed and the Cubs were in first place, but the Mets were coming on strong. I was a nine-year-old kid that summer, listening to the game on a transistor radio in a backyard tent at my parents' house in Patchogue, L.I., in the heart of Mets country. Seaver retired the side -- and you need all this to understand the rising tide of tension -- in the first inning, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, the sixth, the seventh and the eighth. He retired the first batter in the ninth. Seaver was two outs away from perfection.
In sports, as in life, there's not much that's perfect. The 300-game in bowling, hard to improve on that. The '72 Miami Dolphins, who won 14 games and never lost, people call that "The Perfect Season," although it wasn't like every game was shutout. There's Nadia Comaneci and all those 10s she piled up at the '76 Olympics. I happen to be sympathetic to the argument about whether human beings (the judges) can put the stamp of perfection on what another person does, but if you want to call that performance perfection, enjoy. That's all a long time ago now.
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Now a Queen's boy pitched the first no hitter ever pitched in Queens.