Was there ever really a doubt that this would be the top moment of the month?
Honestly, there's not much more that I can say here that I didn't already say in my article the night of the historic event, but hey, that's never stopped me before, so let's give it a shot.
Johan's no-hitter to start the month was huge in so many ways. Obviously, it was the first no-hitter in the 50 years of Mets baseball, but it also felt like it gave the Mets some sort of legitimacy around the league.
Yes, fans of the Mets knew what they had in this team, but this was the first time that other people in baseball looked at the Mets and said, "they're pretty good this year."
There was also something poetic about the people involved in the no-hitter. Adam Wainwright was the losing pitcher. Carlos Beltran was the one who got his hit taken away by Adrian Johnson. Yadier Molina was the one who was robbed by a spectacular, all-out play from the latest Mets folk legend, Mike Baxter.
You all know where I'm going with this. It was as if, in the course of one game, Johan Santana was trying to reverse all of the post 2006 NLCS bad juju. We can only hope that, for our sanity's sake, he did.
Now, I'm not old enough to have experienced a Mets World Series victory, but I have to imagine that it feels pretty close to how this no-hitter felt. The crowd was unbelievable. There was champagne. There was even a whipped cream pie.
Just like I said on the last slide, yeah, at the end of the day this win counts just as much as every other win. But every Mets fans, young and old, know that this one was different. This one was special.
Regardless of what happens this season, Johan Santana gave the Mets a historic moment that will be replayed for years to come, and Mets fans will forever remember where they were and what they were doing on the evening of June 1, 2012.
June 12th-14th: The Mets took their pent-up aggression out on the Tampa Bay Rays, sweeping them in convincing fashion and salvaging what could have been a disastrous road trip.
June 18th: Dickey's second straight one hitter launched him into the national spotlight and continued the Mets incredible month for pitching.
June 27th: The Mets ended a mini-skid by decimating the Cubs, posting 17 runs in a rout at Wrigley Field.
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