It has finally happened. It took 8,020 games, but the New York Mets finally have a no-hitter to their name.
The New York Mets have made history twice against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets began play on April 11, 1962, against the Cardinals. On June 1, 2012, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history against the Cardinals.
This moment ranks highly amongst the best moments in the team's 50-year history. It was an incredible sight to see, and it is a day that will go down in Mets history.
While this moment may not have been the biggest moment in New York Mets history, it was certainly the most meaningful one. The New York Mets were the first team to play a professional sporting event in New York City following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
In an emotional game, the New York Mets entered the bottom of the eighth inning down 2-1 to the rival Atlanta Braves. Mike Piazza gave New York City something to cheer about when he hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Mets the lead.
Things were far from returning to being normal, but for that one moment, things were OK in New York.
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.
It was a magical year for the New York Mets in 1986, and no moment from that year, and arguably New York Mets history, is more memorable than Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
With the New York Mets one out away from losing the World Series, they managed to find a way to keep the inning alive. Following back-to-back singles from Gary Carter and Kevin Mitchell, Ray Knight came to the plate. He hit a single that drove in Carter and moved Mitchell to third.
Then Mookie Wilson came to the plate with the Mets down one. Red Sox pitcher Bob Stanley threw a wild pitch, which allowed Mitchell to score and tie the game. Wilson then hit a grounder to first base, and the ball famously went through Bill Buckner's legs. This allowed Knight to score and the Mets to win the game.
After their incredible comeback in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, it seemed as if the Boston Red Sox had no chance of stopping the Mets. New York had all of the momentum going into the final game of the World Series.
The Red Sox got out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Mets came back and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Mets scored three more in the next inning. New York would go on to win the game by a score of 8-5.
This title was the second in New York Mets history, and it was certainly an incredible moment for anyone that was able to witness it firsthand.
Based on the miserable performance the New York Mets put in during their inaugural season in 1962, no one seriously expected them to contend any time in the near future. The Mets continued to struggle for the next six years, and they never posted a winning record.
For the Mets to win the World Series in 1969, they would need a miracle to happen, and they got one. The team was 9.5 games back in August and was not in a position to make the playoffs.
But they went on an incredible run and only lost 11 times in the next 50 games. The Mets won 100 games during the regular season and finished first in the National League East.
The Miracle Mets were matched up against the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series. New York was considered the underdog, but that was not going to stop the Mets. The mighty Orioles won Game 1, but that was the last win they would pick up during the series.
The Mets won the next four games in the series and took home their first World Series title in franchise history just eight years into their existence.