Leaving David Wright out of the equation, there is no one that I wish we would’ve seen more of than Johan Santana. The lefty ace, who is responsible for the Mets lone no-hitter, a warm June night in 2012, is still a cult hero in New York, and in Minneapolis, where he pitched for the first eight years of his career.
Surprisingly, though, the no-hitter with the famous asterisk is not my favorite Johan start in a Mets uniform. That honor goes to game 161 of the 2008 season, what would be the final weekend in the history of Shea Stadium.
With their backs against the wall, the Mets went out and gave the ball to Santana on three days rest, and, well, this happened: