In the 8,020th Game in Met History
… the team’s first no-hitter! MLB has the last out of Johann Santana’s gem, here. Naturally, having cheered and suffered through (too) many of the previous 8,019 games, this one put me in mind of one of the most memorable: as a 10-year-old in the magic season of 1969, I was home keeping score the night Tom Seaver almost pitched a perfect game: an otherwise nondescript rookie named Jimmy Qualls broke it up with a soft single to left with one out in the ninth — and made me cry. Tom Terrific’s nearly-perfect remembered here – before a throng of nearly 60,000 at Shea, back when New York was still a National League town!