After ex-Twins ace Johan Santana's no-hitter for the New York Mets on Friday night, there was all sorts of stuff to discuss, take apart and try to put back together again. In addition to it being the first no-hitter in team history, the Mets have made themselves relevant to the New York baseball scene again, starting this week in a three-way tie for first place in the National League East, a division in which all five teams have winning records.
Here's a sampling of what's being written and said:
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News wrote about how manager Terry Collins is concerned about the 134 pitches that Santana threw to get the no-hitter. He'll get an extra day of rest before his next start, and there had been some thought to give him two extra days, which would have made his next start against the Yankees. But that won't happen.
Bondy wrote that Collins "is still uncertain if he made the right call by allowing Santana to exceed the allotted pitch count usually between 110 and 115 — to toss a career-high 134. 'We won’t know for a couple days,' Collins admitted. But the manager feels more comfortable after receiving supportive phone calls from Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson and even Tony La Russa."
In the New York Post, Santana did a q-and-a in which he was asked if he has recaptured the form that led to two Cy Young Award with the Twins: "I don’t know. I feel that I still have some way to go. I mean, it was a great night, no question about it. ... I wasn’t even thinking about throwing a no-hitter or anything."
And if you were wondering about the two fans who rushed the field after the no-hitter (One made it to the pitcher's mound; the other was stopped at the foul line), the Post reports they spent 38 hours in jail and were charged with misdemeanors. One is a pilot, the other an air traffic controller, according to this report.
Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, who had three no-hitters broken up late in games during his Mets years, told the New York Times: “I’m not surprised that he did it. He’s a hell of a pitcher. It’s really nice that a pitcher of his caliber level did it. It adds a shine to it that it’s a pitcher of his credibility."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted the blown call -- a foul balled called on a ball that hit the chalk line -- with this cover:
To which the Daily News responded: "Apparently, the Post-Dispatch couldn’t locate the asterisk key while Mark McGwire was swatting 220 steroid-aided home runs while a member of the Cardinals and setting bogus records in St. Louis."
Come back later this week to see if Johan's arm falls off.