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What they’re saying about Johan Santana’s no-hitter

Jun 2, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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No, it wasn’t a dream.

Johan Santana made a little history last night by tossing the first Mets’ no-hitter as part of an 8-0 win over the Cardinals. Here’s some reaction from around the baseball world:

R.A. Dickey, via New York Newsday: “We’re all talking about it,” referencing Mets manager Terry Collins. “What’s he going to do? Is he going to take him out? We’re all playing manager. And to a man, we all agreed that he’d have to rip the ball out of our hands.”

Mets manager Terry Collins, via New York Newsday: “I wanted it for him. I wanted it for the organization. But you just don’t jeopardize his career or the whole organization for one inning. We’ll wait five days and see how he is.”

Marty Noble of “All right, now what? What do we wait for now that hell is chilly and a Mets pitcher has thrown a no-hitter? What void do we now need to see filled to feel more baseball-content? Man walked on the moon before the Mets won a World Series, supporting Casey Stengel’s premise. But Armstrong’s giant leap barely preceded Cleon’s final-play catch. And that was merely NASA responding to Casey’s challenge. This was different, a greater challenge in some ways. NASA fought gravity and then no gravity. Johan Santana was against history, karma, the odds, medical advice, pitch-count concerns, an iffy forecast and the best-hitting team in the National League this season.”

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, via “That’s the way the game goes,” said Matheny, referencing the blown call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson. “We’re not going to sit here and cry about it. You could tell at the time that we thought it was a hit. More important than breaking up a no-hitter was that it was a chance to get a man in scoring position. We’re not spending any time talking about that.”

Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo, via “Sometimes those plays go your way and sometimes they go against you,” said Oquendo, referencing Johnson’s missed call. “That’s part of it. I know he’s doing his best. There’s nothing we can do about it.”

Josh Thole, via the New York Times: “Being part of this organization, they deserve one — they deserve more than one. All the great pitchers that have come through here, including Johan, you would think somewhere along the line. But I’m sitting back there calling pitches, and you realize how hard this is. These guys that call perfect games, my goodness, how do you do it?”

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, via the Associated Press: “I’m really happy for them. That’s been an albatross over the pitching in that franchise forever, since `62. One of the best pitchers they’ve ever had threw it and that also gives credibility to it.”

Mike Baxter, via New York Newsday: “I’m glad I had a chance to be a part of that. It’s an honor to be able to make the play for Johan, but ultimately it was his night.”

David Wright, via New York Newsday: “Man, that was awesome. Short of Tom Seaver , I can’t think of a better person to pitch the first one.”

Jose Reyes, via the Palm Beach Post: “I need to send a text message to congratulate him. That’s the first one in Mets history. That’s huge for them.”

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, via the Associated Press: “What pride! Long live Venezuela!”

Johan Santana’s post-game speech to teammates, via MetsBlog: “Tonight we all made history. That’s all that matters. Thanks to you guys, because you guys make it happen. I was just doing my job, and having fun.”

Matthew Leach of “Finally, at 9:48 p.m. ET on a rainy Friday night in Queens, it all gave way to relief and exultation. Fifty-one years of waiting came to an end, thanks to the reconstituted left shoulder of a beloved 33-year-old Venezuelan. No matter what happens in the rest of Santana’s career, he has a moment and a central place in Mets lore.”

  1. hushbrother - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Watching the Mets’ broadcast, you could hear Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez exult after the final out. The was pretty cool.

  2. rambodiaz - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Well,’s Matthew Leach certainly summarized it beautifully, didn’t he?

  3. scottleroyfriend - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    So where loaded up hardball talk this morning in Arizona and five of the first six stories were about Santanas no-hitter and they say there’s no East Coast bias and sports Rod

    • paul621 - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Do a quick search for “Weaver” on this blog, and you’ll find 4 stories about his no-hitter within 9 hours of it happening (5 if you count “And That Happened”). Blatant no-hitter bias!

  4. charlutes - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM


    I love it!

  5. ermur22 - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Yesssssss!!! Finally I can die happy

  6. makeham98 - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Over/under on scottleroy’s height is 5’5″. I would take the under.

  7. scottleroyfriend - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    It’s 6′ 2″ toughguy so what now?

  8. scottleroyfriend - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    It’s 6’2″ toughguy and where

  9. scottleroyfriend - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    It’s 6’2″ toughguy and where are you going with this

  10. scottleroyfriend - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    It’s 6’2″ tough guy and where are you going with this

  11. jjpileggi - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Hugo Chavez needs to shut up.

    John Pileggi

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