Above Average Thoughts From An Average Guy
When I woke up this morning I checked the papers, turned on ESPN checked my twitter feed. It was true, it wasn’t a dream. Johan Santana had thrown the first no hitter in New York Mets history!
This is my thoughts and reactions through the game.
After getting home from work I turned on the game in both my living room and my bed room. I had to clean up so I wasn’t playing to close attention at first. That is until the 4th inning when a hit by Kirk Nieuwenhuis bounced off second base and I heard Gary say it was the first hit of the game for either team. This perked my ears. I continued to watch and listen as Keith, Ron and Gary so nonchalantly discuss the no-no. I mean don’t these guys know your NOT supposed to talk about this stuff when its going on. I understand you have to discuss the game but come on guys.
Inning by inning my heart started racing faster and faster. There were so many plays that made my heart drop to the floor.
The Beltran close call down the line 6th.
Listen things like this is what makes the game pure, was it close? YES, was it fair? HELL NO. Ill take a line from David Wright and say I’m being a little biased but theres always plays like this in a big game. Keep the technology out of it and let the umps make the call.
Baxter in the 7th.
This may take the cake as the most important catch I’VE ever seen. Before this is was Endy Chavez greatest catch ever in the playoffs but ya know what, they lost so it lost all importance. Baxter a life long Met fan, made the play of his life, making the catch over his shoulder and crashing into the left field wall. RIGHT IN FRONT OF SEAVORS RETIRED 41.
This kid really wanted to be part of the game. On a blooper to left field he SS Quintanilla ran out to right field and and almost collided with LF Nieuwenhuis. Luckily he got out of the way at the last minute and Kirk caught the ball.
Quintanilla in the 8th.
Just an inning later Quintanilla almost ran into 2nd basemen Dan Murphy on a flair up the middle. On this play though Murphy ran in front and grabbed the ball just before a collision.
Robinson getting hit in the 8th.
This wasn’t really a huge moment but it was another that made me nervous. It would be a Mets fans luck that the player gets hit, ump doesn’t see it then he steps up and gets a hit. Not tonight. After Robinson got called back to the plate he watched a change up right down the middle for a called strike three.
THE ENTIRE 9th INNING.
Holliday: 1 pitch 1 out, but Torres made it look a bit difficult reaching up to snag the line drive. In an interview after the game he said he was so excited to get the ball that he almost over ran it.
Alan Craig: left field blooper that seemed just to hang up just enough for history.
David Freeze: World Series MVP. MOLINA OF ALL PEOPLE ON DECK (See Game 7 NLCS ’06)
3 balls 0 strikes. Strike 3-1. Small dribbler foul. 3-2…pitch 134…. a 78mph change up… STRIKE 3.
GAME OVER! PUT IT IN THE RECORD BOOKS!
I didn’t know what to do, I called my dad. I called my brothers. Hell I called anyone i knew that’s a Met fan. This was the greatest game I have ever seen. It was the greatest moment to ever happen at Citi Field. The only thing that can top this is World Series championship.
I also give a lot of credit to Terry Collins for keeping him in. It was a dangers move with him coming of shoulder surgery and him having so many pitches, but at the end of the day you have to keep him in.