Met fans are a special breed. We have to be given the ups and downs (not to mention sharing the city with the Yankees) that this team has delivered during it's long history. Whatever becomes of the 2012 New York Mets, this will be the year the year Johan Santana has broken the curse of the no-hitter in Flushing. Seaver, Ryan, Gooden, Darling, Viola, Saberhagen, the list goes on and on, could never bring it all the way home. Sadly, I did not watch the game or have the chance to listen on the radio. The magic of DVR and Mets FF on SNY has given me the opportunity to watch this historic occasion.
Thank you Johan, for giving us Mets fans something to cheer and to share with you. I love the fact that one of the first things Johan mentioned when asked was not his personal accomplishment, but rather how much it meant to the Mets faithful who had this monkey on their back and whose expectations and hopes rested with whomever took the mound for the team that day. This could not have happened to a more deserving person and to a more deserving set of baseball fans.
Maybe #8 (The Kid) Gary Carter was looking down on this one. Or maybe it was just fate that in the 50th Anniversary season of the Mets, during this historic game, the box score showed 8 runs and 8 hits. A nice little tribute to #8, eh?
Rest in peace Gary Carter. As a life-long Mets fan, I fondly remember all the joy and excitement Gary Carter brought to the Mets and their fans. He was the missing piece of the '86 World Series champs. A true champion, sportsman, and team player, the hall of fame catcher will always be remembered as "The Kid".
Thank you Gary for all the joy you brought to my life, the Mets, and to baseball fans. Rest in peace.
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