It’s a post 50 years in the making!
Last night, Johan Santana tossed himself into the record books as the first New York Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter. It was an 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
In their 51st season and with more than 8,000 games under their collective belts, the Mets finally got their elusive “no-no.”
The dramatic event was not lost on Howie Rose, who called the game on WFAN. During an extended post-game celebration, Rose invited former boothmate Gary Cohen, who just wrapped up his work on SNY, to share his perspective as a witness to history.
“You and I have been down this road enough times in our lives as Met fans and Met broadcasters that there was no reason to believe that it was possible,” Cohen tells Rose. “And frankly, around the sixth inning with the pitch count the way it was, I was certainly thinking that he wasn’t even going to get the opportunity to do it.”
Adding to the drama was the fact that just last year, Santana was sidelined the entire season with shoulder surgery.
However, with the final strike to David Freese, pitch number 134, Santana placed himself in rarified air.
But, Rose jokes with Cohen, wondering what’s for Mets fans to complain about now that the proverbial monkey has been lifted off from their backs.
“This is such a part of what’s been the Mets fabric over the years, this unique little thing about never having had a no-hitter,” Rose says. “Well, now that’s over with. Now what do we have.”
Rose and Cohen know first-hand about the team’s pitching missed opportunities. Rose, the Queens native, has been doing Mets play-by-play, primarily on WFAN, since the mid 1990s. His connection to the team professionally started in the 1980s as host of pre- and post-gam show Mets Extra.
Cohen has been a part of the Mets announcing team, first on radio in 1989.
As the one-time radio duo kept the analysis going on WFAN, Rose got a surprise as his cell phone rang on the air.
“Who is calling me now here?” Rose says. “…Whoever it is, we’re on the air, and you’ll have to wait.”
Rose was not disturbed 45 minutes earlier when the resounding, riveting call.
“Swung on and missed! Strike three! He’s done it! Johan Santana has pitched a no-hitter, in the eight-thousand and twentieth game in the history of the New York Mets. They finally have a no-hitter, and who better to do it then Johan Santana.”
In the game recap, Rose says it was difficult keeping his emotions in check for the last out.
“Full disclosure, I don’t mind telling you I was a little choked up as I made the final part of that call,” Rose admits. “Part of it in happiness, of course, for the obvious. The other part of it, in sheer belief.”