The Mets didn’t get much offense today mustering only six hits and two runs. But that turned out to be enough because Johan Santana was on the hill.
I was lucky enough to be at the game today with terrific seats. I went with Rich, Greg, and Jim from the band Scratch. Clearly, there was some good karma from us being there. And the house was rocking for the last weekend of regular season games at Shea Stadium ever.
Santana sliced through the Marlins lineup like a Ginsu knife, throwing a complete game 3-hit shutout. All of this on the heels of three days rest and a 125 pitch effort in his last start, more than he’s ever thrown as a professional. The fans were chanting his name throughout the game and into the afternoon as we joyfully walked down the ramps of Shea exiting the stadium, many of us for what could be the final time.
Santana just became a modern folk hero in Flushing. The Venezuelan native proved he has what it takes to succeed in big market, high pressure situations. Now he’s a Met…
The NL East title is out of reach but the Mets control their own destiny for the Wild Card as the Brewers lost to the Cubs this afternoon. The entire season is in the hands of Oliver Perez tomorrow.