After 8,019 games, it finally happened.
Three times in New York Mets history a pitcher had taken a no-hitter into the ninth before losing it. Seven pitchers had left the Mets and then thrown a no-hitter with another team. At no point through the Mets' first 8,019 games had anyone thrown a no-hitter in a Mets uniform.
That all changed in game 8,020, when Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, 2012.
Mets fans have waited over 50 years for this day to come, and they finally got it. Santana's performance is one that will go down in the record books, and it is a day that no Mets fan will forget.
Mike Baxter, a Queens native, made a tremendous catch in the seventh inning to keep the St. Louis Cardinals from getting a hit. Santana seemed to cruise from that moment on, and he was able to make history.
Santana is coming back from offseason shoulder surgery and was still able to remain strong through all 134 pitches that it took for him to complete the game. There were a few close moments, but the Mets came through, and it was enough for Santana to have this outstanding accomplishment.