Apparently the New York Mets still hunger for an elusive no-hitter.
A minor uproar occurred in The Big Apple when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (rightly) made a missed fair-ball call a key component of their story covering Johan Santana's no-hitter over the Redbirds on June 1.
No matter your rooting interest, the fact remains that not only did the Beltran line drive travel directly over the third base bag, but it clearly hit the chalk line directly in front of umpire Adrian Johnson's blurry eyes.
Maybe the Mets organization took that shot to heart, as Adam Rubin of ESPN has reported the Mets will officially appeal a scoring decision to give an infield hit to BJ Upton as opposed to an error to David Wright, who failed to make a bare-handed play on a ball that became the only hit for Tampa Bay on the evening.
Or it could be they felt embarrassed at the countless descriptions of Santana's feat as a "gem"—an odd term, considering the hurler lofted a staggering 134 pitches, of which just 77 were strikes. Or the fact he walked five Cardinal batters on the night.
It's a good thing Santana's fastball only tops out at 88 MPH, or his last pitch would have included his arm soaring to the plate.
Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholding baseball fan.
We're pretty sure, however, that Edwin Jackson was thoroughly impressed.