Baseball’s Greatest Games:
New York Mets First No-Hitter
New Video, 2012
Approx. 131 mins.
If a DVD were to be released of every no-hitter, there would be too many to collect. This year alone, fans have witnessed five no-no’s (including two perfect games). But there are some no-hitters that stand above the others as special, that deserve DVD treatment. Johan Santana‘s effort against the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this year proved to be one of those special moments as it was the first no-hitter thrown in the history of the New York Mets franchise.
The Mets have been around for more than a half century and several high-profile pitchers have appeared in their blue and orange uniform, such as Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden. Thirty-five times in the team’s first 8019 games a Mets pitcher has thrown a one-hitter, but Santana was the first to blank the opposition in the hits column for a full nine innings on June 1, 2012, at Citi Field in Flushing, NY.
One of the most exciting plays in the game came in the seventh inning when Yadier Molina launched a ball deep into the outfield. Left fielder Mike Baxter chased it down to make the catch, but was injured when he ran into the wall at full speed; he has not played in a big league game since.
After falling behind in the count 3-0 in the top of the ninth inning, Santana proceeded to strike out David Freese swinging to secure the first no-hitter in team history. The DVD included the post-game interview conducted on the field, complete with the whipped cream pie-in-the-face. As an alternative to the television broadcast, viewers can listen to the radio play-by-play in either English or Spanish while watching the game.
There is no doubt that this is a special game, not only from Mets fans, but for baseball fans in general. To own it on DVD is a no-brainer.
The first no-hitter in New York Mets history was pitched by Johan Santana tonight in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
My 9-year old and I braved the cold weather and snow today (after a sunny 70 degrees yesterday afternoon) and went to the Cincinnati Reds 2009 Opening Day!
Hometown hero Nick Lachey was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. You might know Nick as one of the guys from 98 Degrees (one of those carbon copy boybands of the 1990s), or as the ex-husband of Jessica Simpson. But he’s also part owner of the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate).
The honorary captain of the game for the Redlegs was Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
Aaron Harang took the hill for the Reds…
…his opponent was perennial Cy Young contender Johan Santana.
Only three hits for the home team, all coming from the team’s young bucks…
and Darnell McDonald.
The Reds lost the opener, 2-1, but they are a young team and very fun to watch. Jay Bruce made a great throw from right field and nailed a runner trying to score, which was very exciting. There were a few blunders in the field (though only one official error), and no balls left the park for the Reds. Their lone run came from a Brandon Philips sacrifice fly, driving in McDonald.
A very fun day, and I’m definitely looking forward to visiting Great American Ballpark again in the near future!
I just couldn’t help myself…I made some more fun cards! Mike from Awesomely Bad Wax Packs sent me a couple of cards earlier this week, but I didn’t have anything to send back to him…so I made some fun cards of his current favorites, Anibal Sanchez and James Shields!
I also made a card for Johan Santana, who was recently traded to the Mets, and Sean Casey, who just signed with the Red Sox.
Any more suggestions/requests?
I did some more “fun cards” tonight. My back is killing me, so I have to try to sit still. Every time I move, I cringe. I’ll be visiting the chiropractor tomorrow, but in the meantime I’m loading up on some pain meds to try to cope. Anyway, the first two are requests from the owner of the Awesomely Bad Wax Packs blog. I hope they measure up to his expectations (or perhaps I should hope that his expectations are not too high?). As always, click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
The third one is Kosuke Fukudome, the latest import from Japanese baseball. I’ve never heard of this guy before, but the Cubs held a press conference to announce his signing, so he must be sort of a big deal (at least on the internet).
And finally, a tribute to airbrushing. Supposedly Scott Rolen is headed to Toronto in exchange for Troy Glaus. Thus, I have created a Scott Rolen card for the Blue Jays. This has dual significance, actually. Not only is the baseball cap manipulated, but it’s also a tribute to the 1979 Topps card of Bump Wills. He was pictured in a Rangers uniform, but the first pressing identified his team as the Blue Jays. Evidently someone at Topps jumped the gun on a rumored trade that was sending Wills north of the border, resulting in an “error card.” I used to love those things.
I’m not sure if I’ll be doing any more “fun cards” for a while, but I do appreciate your feedback and if you have any suggestions, I will keep them in mind if I decide to create some more.