New York Mets fans are in for a treat, especially those who have been following the team for a while.
Baseball columnist for Newsday Sports David Lennon tweeted that the Mets will remember a special night on May 31: Johan Santana‘s no-hitter.
“#Mets will honor the 10th anniversary of Johan Santana’s no-hitter Tuesday, May 31, prior to 7:10 game vs. Nationals,” Lennon tweeted.
— David Lennon (@DPLennon) March 28, 2022
That was an incredible night, in which Santana, who needed 134 pitches to complete his gem, pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history.
Santana Says He Can’t Wait To Celebrate With New York Fans
According to the Mets’ official website, Santana is thrilled to get the chance to celebrate that night with New York fans:
“I still remember how I felt that night. I knew how much it meant to New York Mets fans. I was very proud to be a part of the first no-hitter and I can’t wait to celebrate with the fans on May 31. It holds a special place in my heart.”
After coming over from the Minnesota Twins in a trade, Santana delivered three strong seasons with the Mets from 2008 to 2010, then missed 2011 due to injury.
The 2012 campaign wasn’t as kind to him as a whole, since he finished with a 4.85 ERA and signaled the end of his career.
He will always have May 31, though, a day in which he celebrated with an entire city.
“I was in a zone with Josh (Thole, his catcher) all night,” Santana said.
“I remember I was holding my breath before Baxter’s catch. It was amazing. He really saved me.”
Both Santana and Thole will also be a part of Old Timers’ Day on Saturday, August 27.