by Tommy Gimler
Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets’ history as they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0 tonight, and as with most things related to the Mets, it was a crock of shit.
And I’m not talking about the crock of shit that is the Mets’ fan base (not even 28,000 took in the action on a Friday night while the Royals put over 29,000 in their seats). I’m talking about the fact that it shouldn’t have been a no-hitter.
It took 8,020 Mets games and several dozen cocaine addictions before the franchise saw their first no-no. Santana needed 134 pitches, a career high, struck out eight, and surrendered five walks. And then there was that little incident in the top of the sixth inning. Some people call it a part of the game. Others call it an honest mistake. Guys like me call it a hit.
Carlos Beltran smoked a 1-0 offering from Santana down the third base line that umpire Adrian Johnson called foul when replays clearly showed it hit the line. And hey, fuck the replays. All Johnson had to do was look at the line. There could not have been any better proof that the ball hit the chalk than the pristine ball mark that was left behind. Beltran would go on to ground out, and the rest is history.
But that blown call didn’t just keep the no-hitter alive. It also had an effect on the outcome of the game. At that point, the Mets held a slim 2-0 lead, and Beltran would have been aboard with nobody out. Don’t think one blown call can affect the outcome of the game? Ask Jim Leyland what he thinks:
But in this case, since it happened to the Cardinals, I guess we can let it slide…