Johan Santana became an even bigger part of New York Mets history by pulling off the first no-hitter in the franchise's 50-year history and there is still a great buzz among Mets fans the day after the feat.
What Santana did was more significant than what meets the eye. Sure, he was able to break a "curse" that has plagued the Mets' history for 8,019 games, but this has given hope for an organization that has become a laughing stock in Major League Baseball for the past few years.
In the past five years the Mets have become associated with September collapses, injuries, mediocrity and even ponzi-schemes. They have gone from Game 7 of the NLCS in 2006 to being near the bottom of the National League East.
Playing in the same city as the New York Yankees has also really hurt their image. Overwhelming pressure and unfortunate circumstances have been extremely detrimental for the team's success in the past. It seems as if things are a bit different this year.
Heading into the 2012 season, there were little to no expectations for the Mets, who cut off more than $40 million dollars from the team's salary in 2011. They traded their star outfielder Carlos Beltran last July and they lost their explosive shortstop Jose Reyes to free agency when he signed with the Miami Marlins. It seemed as if the only people that believed in their chances were manager Terry Collins and the players.
Yesterday's game was a testament to Johan Santana's ability, Terry Collins' leadership and the team's heart. They believe in themselves and are unconcerned if other people do not.
Although there are still many games to be played this season and the Mets' playoff chances are still uncertain, one thing is for sure for these Mets: they have turned a new page as a team and as an organization.
Yesterday's overall performance by the team, not just Santana shows that this team is heading in the right direction. Whether that means immediate success in 2012, we'll have to see, but as of right now it's a great time to be a Mets fan.
Erick Fernandez is the creator of I Want to Thank My Hood & My Psychiatrist
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