Johan No Hitter
The Game with an asterix. June 1st, 2012, hello first no hitter in Met’s history. Unfortunately, it does come with a clause.
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Tony LaRussa has gone to argue with the umpires more than any other manager in the history of the Cardinals. At the rate that the new manager, Mike Matheny, is going, he will be there too. But, this argument should have gone the former catcher’s way. In the sixth inning, new Cardinal, Carlos Beltran, who has been the bulk of hitting for the Cards, hit a ball down the third base line. MLB rules states that if a ball hits the line after the bag, it is a fair ball. The argument between the umps and Matheny was unheard and they continued play. Johan Santana, pitcher of the New York Mets, had a no hitter to that point. It was obvious that the ball, that Beltran hit, would have been just that, a hit.
As the innings went on, Johan still had a no hitter going, one of the hardest things to do as a pitcher. And every few minutes the picture of the line and spot where Beltran hit the ball was flashed up on the screen. Johan got himself the no hitter by striking out David Freese, MVP of the World Series in 2011.
Through all the celebrating, all the announcers talked about was the fact that it would go down in history with an asterix. A simple mark stating that really Johan did not deserve this accomplishment. His pitching performance was nothing short of excellent. But, it will always be remembered as the “one hit, no hitter.
New York fans will deny that the ball was in fair territory, but for the other people who know the rules of baseball, and saw the over and over again replays know that it is truly a one hit, no hitter