In the 50th year of the New York Mets, in Game #8,020, the New York Mets are officially members of the no-hitter club of big league baseball.
Using a career high 134 pitches, Johan Santana threw the first ever no-hitter by a New York Met's pitcher, as the Mets hammered the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-0.
Three times in Mets history, all by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, Mets pitchers entered the ninth inning having allowed no hits.
Tonight was the first time the 9th inning ended up with a Mets pitcher celebrating baseball history.
What's always been hard for Mets fans, is that Seaver, the teams greatest pitcher, threw a no-hitter as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, against the Cardinals, on June 16, 1978.
Also , Doc Gooden, the fireballing right hander of the Mets glory teams of the mid 1980's, threw a no-hitter as a member of the hated cross town Yankees, on May 14, 1996.
Mets fans, like Dan Hicken, a local TV sports guy here in Jacksonville, can now chime in when no-hitters come up in baseball conversation.
If you're a Mets fan, and live here in NE Florida, you should follow Dan Hicken on Twitter.
Heck, you should follow him anyway.
So, with the no-hitter by Santana tonight, that leaves the San Diego Padres, who've been playing baseball in the National League since 1969, as the only current big league team without a pitcher throwing a no-hitter.