Yesterday we saw a match-up of the Pizza vs. Piazza. While the voting is heavily in favor of Piazza’s post 9-11 moment, there is still time to vote as voting will remain open through the first round.
Day 3 of our tribute to the NCAA tournament: Mets Greatest Regular Season Moments of All Time provides us with what I think is a chance for an upset. Our 3 vs 6 match-up forces us to chose between sentimental moments that could be influenced by more recent events. Today we chose between Nohan and Gary Carter’s opening day home-run.
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No one wearing Mets’ blue and orange had done it, not Tom Seaver, not Dwight Gooden, not Nolan Ryan. Met pitchers have thrown 36 one-hitters, but their missing no-no was one of the most glaring omissions in baseball history.
Santana’s teammates mobbed him at the mound. Fans went crazy. The scoreboard read, simply, “No-Han” and the Mets, in their 51st season — they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their inaugural season all year — have a signature pitching performance for the ages. A few minutes later, in the dugout, several Mets doused Santana with champagne and then they gave him a standing ovation when he arrived in the clubhouse.
Santana spoke for a moment and said, “Thank you” to his teammates. “I thanked them because we, as a team, made history,” he said.
“I knew that the Mets have never had a no-hitter. I never had one,” added the lefthander, who joked that he didn’t think he’d ever thrown one while playing video games, either. “To be able to accomplish this, it’s an honor. I know how much it means to New York and the New York Mets. I’m very proud of it and very happy to be a part of it. “– Daily News
“Acquired from Montreal, the Mets paid Carter handsomely to be their backstop, and his regular-season debut in that role came on April 9, 1985 against the Cardinals. He immediately endeared himself to his new team and their fan base with a 10th-inning home run that landed in the Cardinals’ bullpen for a 6-5 win. Nowadays, they would call that a walk-off. Back then it was just a win.”
”I feel wonderful, enthusiastic, excited, every kind of adjective you could think of, ” Carter said. ”If I were to have a fantasy, it couldn’t have been written any better than this. To have a curtain call on the first day is really exciting. I didn’t have many curtain calls in Montreal. I guess it was because they expected those things.”— St. Louis Post Dispatch
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