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No-No-Han! After 8,020 games, Santana finally gives the Mets their first no-hitter

DNewsI didn't see all of Johan Santana's no-hitter last night (props to my 12-year-old for the heads up in the sixth inning), but I saw the important parts. The parts baseball fans won't soon forget. Mets fans have waited since the team was born in 1962, have waited through 8,019 regular-season games before No. 8,020 was the first.

A Met has a no-hitter and not an ex-Met with another team. A real, live Met. In Queens, no less. Twitter nearly broke and the Web site NoNoHitters.com announced it can finally become obsolete.

New York Post columnist and St. Bonaventure grad Mike Vaccaro penned his usually brilliant column here,  Of course, there's one tiny detail my longtime friend left out: He was home in Jersey when the game started, hopped in his car at the end of the sixth inning. Scroll down in his Twitter feed to see his entries from when he left at 8:29 to when he arrived at 9:17. Classic stuff.  Folks in the New York media always fretted missing that first Mets no-hitter. They need not worry anymore.

PostThe whole thing was a terrific memory for the Mets-Bisons relationship too. Mets manager and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Collins will forever be remembered for his gut-wrenching call to leave Santana in, and for his emotional postgame presser where he broke down a couple of times hoping Santana will be all right in the coming days. Read Vaccaro on that part of the discussion  and also give a look to the thoughts of Ian O'Connor of ESPNNY.com

There was the fabulous catch in left by Mike Baxter, the Whitestone kid whose place in his hometown team's history now belongs with names like Tommie Agee, Ron Swoboda and Endy Chavez on the pantheon of great plays in the outfield. Baxter, remember, hit a home run in his first swing with the Bisons last July on a night when he was completely wide-eyed about wearing any uniform Mets-related.

There's catcher Josh Thole, who will forever go down as the man who called the game, caught the final strike, gave Santana the first hug and even had some of his gear authenticated by the Hall of Fame. And did it all one day after catching Chris Young's rehab start for the Bisons in Coca-Cola Field. 

How about all the outs? Here they are from MLB.com. Great stuff. 

How about a scoreboard salute? This is what the board at Citi Field looked like after the final out, as pictured in the Post.

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---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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