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Mets open season with lowered expectations


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Met fans, notorious for their cynical optimism, are getting ready for another season riddled with questions.

With the recent news that Johan Santana might be out for the entire season, fans outside Citi Field today don’t have high hopes for the team.

“If they win 75 games,” said Ken Jones of Long Island, “It’ll be a lot.”

Jones, who’s been to more than 20 Mets opening days, called the 2013 season a rebuilding year for the team and was more looking forward to the next opener.

Fellow fans like Andre, who chose not to give his last name, hopes the Mets will at least fare better than their 74-88 record last year.

“I’m hoping better than they did last year,” he said regarding the team’s record. “If they finish at .500 I’ll be happy.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 54. Breezy. Winds from the West at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 36. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jazz Appreciation Month at Louis Armstrong House Museum

Come visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum this April as it celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month. Eighty-five  years ago, Louis Armstrong recorded one of his all-time masterpieces, “West End Blues,” one of the most important records in jazz history. For Jazz Appreciation Month, the museum’s historic house tours will feature an ultra rare recording of Louis Armstrong performing “West End Blues” live at Freedomland in 1961. This performance was recently donated to its archives by the son of Freedomland sound engineer Peter Denis. Previously unissued and not in any discographies, it will be featured only during Jazz Appreciation Month. This recording ties into the museum’s current exhibit, Louis Armstrong at Freedomland that closes April 30. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

11 injured in Queens house fire

Fire officials say 11 people have been injured in an early morning fire at a two-family house in Queens. Read more: Fox 5/AP

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall took off more than 40 days in 2012

Where’s the beep? As she wraps up her third term, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall seems to be preparing for retirement early — taking more than 40 days off last year. Read more: New York Daily News

Jon Niese takes hill for New York Mets on Opening Day

Two main attractions will be missing when the New York Mets host San Diego in their season opener Monday. Read more: ABC New York/AP

City to resume search for human remains in Twin Towers’ debris

The grim and sad search for human remains in the debris from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks resumes Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Majority of mayoral candidates send children to public school: News survey

Five of the city’s eight mayoral hopefuls who have children send or have sent their kids to public school.  Read more: New York Daily News

Dolan says the Catholic Church should be more welcoming to gay people

On Easter Sunday, weeks after he helped elect a new pope for a church struggling with declining numbers and controversy over social issues, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said that the Roman Catholic Church could be more welcoming of gay men and lesbians despite opposing same-sex marriage. Read more: New York Times

Immigration deal at hand, focus turns to details

Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty – and keep their parties’ political flanks mollified. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy with rain showers in the afternoon. High of 52. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 37. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Disco Inferno II

Due to popular demand, Disco Inferno is back on Friday, March 29. Resorts World will boogie down memory lane with a live concert by Tavares, Bonnie Pointer, Cory Daye and Disco Unlimited. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York State Assembly passes $141.3 billion budget for 2013-14

The Assembly on Thursday gave final passage to a $141.3 billion state budget. Read more: New York Daily News

Deal reached on paid sick leave in NYC

New York City legislators, labor advocates and business leaders have struck a deal on the hotly contested issue of paid sick leave. Read more:: Fox New York/AP

Mets: Johan might miss 2013 season

Mets starter Johan Santana could miss the entire 2013 because of a re-tear in his left shoulder, General Manager Sandy Alderson announced Thursday during a conference call. Read more: The Queens Courier

Block-watch programs back in vogue as NYPD headcount shrinks

A group of concerned western Queens residents want to make sure the bad old days of crime don’t ever come back. Read more: New York Daily News

Mayors Against Illegal Guns out with new ad featuring Newtown families

Events took place around the nation Thursday as participants demand federal gun safety measures be enacted. Read more: CBS New York

Hundreds rally against proposed cuts to after-school programs

Hundreds of children rallied outside City Hall Thursday to urge Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to go through with cuts to after-school programs. Read more: NY1

North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force

North Korea put its missile units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force. Read more: Reuters

 

Mets: Johan might miss 2013 season


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Mets starter Johan Santana could miss the entire 2013 because of a re-tear in his left shoulder, General Manager Sandy Alderson announced Thursday during a conference call.

Santana, originally staying in Florida on the disabled list, flew to New York today where he was diagnosed with the new rip, Alderson said.

“Johan will remain in New York over the easter weekend to decide on the next steps,” he said. “A second surgery is a strong probability.”

The 34-year-old southpaw missed the entire 2011 season with the same injury, but returned for a shortened 2012 season in which he threw the team’s first-ever no hitter. After the June 1 spectacle however, Santana had a string of poor performances before he was shutdown in August.

Entering the final year of a large contract, Santana might have thrown his final pitch as a Met. His contract promises him $25.5 million this year with a $5.5 million buyout for next year.

Another surgery is an option, but there’s no time table on when that could happen or if the recovery time will be longer than in late 2010.

But there are still few facts known, including when the new tear started.

“We don’t know when this occurred,” Alderson said. “I think Johan would probably be the best person to shed some light on any time.”

Mets skipper Terry Collins said during spring training he was disappointed Santana did not show up at Port St. Lucie in pitching shape.

Alderson said the front office isn’t looking to trade for another starter at this point as they expected Santana to start on the DL.

“We had expected that Johan would be on the disabled list at the beginning of the season so our rotation has been set with that in mind,” he said. “We are not terribly deep right now with Santana out. On the other hand, we do feel that we have some not just depth in the system, but exceptional talent coming through the system.”

Zach Wheeler, projected to be one of the Amazin’s promising pitchers, will not be called up early in light of the news.

“When he’s ready, he’ll be here,” Alderson said. “But until that time we will address this situation and other needs in our rotation.”


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LI man pleads guilty to running onto field after Mets no-hitter


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A Massapequa, Long Island man that jumped onto Citi Field after Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw the baseball team’s first no-hitter, pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event, announced Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

At the June 1 game this summer, Rafael Diaz, 33, made it all the way to the pitcher’s mound where he came in physical contact with players before he was apprehended, according to the DA’s office.

Diaz, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor on September 13, has to pay a $1,000 fine to the City of New York , $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets and perform 100 hours of community service.

Additionally, he is banned from Citi Field for one year.

The Mets organization has also served him with a trespass notice that indefinitely prevents him from entering any of their playing venues, said the DA’s office.

“The Pride of Whitestone”: Mike Baxter’s lifelong baseball dream realized in Queens


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It was late in the game on June 1 when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina knocked a fly ball to left field. Johan Santana, the Mets starting ace who was still working his way back after missing the entire previous season, was facing a multi-base hit — what could have been the first of any hits that night.

Mike Baxter headed back to the wall, trying to keep the no-no intact. He caught the ball and bounced into the blue padding at a high speed. A few innings later, Santana would go on to record the team’s first no-hitter in a 50-year history.

Whitestone native Baxter, however, would end up throwing his shoulder out during the catch — giving up his own health for the sake of the team he grew up loving and watching.

“It was bitter sweet,” said dad Ray Baxter, who hasn’t missed a home game his son has played since joining the team. “It was great while it happened but all of a sudden, 10 seconds later, you start to worry: it’s your child out there that’s hurt. He’s not getting up, and you see him walk off the field and they’re holding his arm like he’s got a broken arm.”

A few hours after the game, as Santana went through a number of interviews, teammate Justin Turner got to Twitter and dubbed his friend “The Pride of Whitestone.” The nickname has since stuck.

Baxter, 27, has come full circle in his still-young baseball journey. He grew up playing baseball in the Bayside Little League, and then at Archbishop Molloy High School.

From there he went on to play college ball at Columbia University, but found himself unhappy with the program, his father said.

He found a home, to this day, in Tennessee where he transferred to play and study at Vanderbilt University, and still keeps a home today.

Baxter played under long-time Commodores coach Tim Corbin, who said he could always tell the Queens product would make it into the majors based on his all-around abilities and determination.

The young player, his former coach said, could do a number of things at the plate and was resilient in his time at Vanderbilt. It was these factors, among others, that brought Baxter to the majors, Corbin said.

After spending six years with the San Diego Padres organization, Baxter was released in 2011. Nearly instantly, however, the Mets picked him up — making it a bittersweet phone call home.

“It was a tough phone call,” Ray Baxter said, in reference to his son being released from the Padres. “You’ve got to take a breath.”

Baxter acknowledged the same sort of feeling, but went on to say that putting on the Met jersey for the first time was an unbelievable feeling.

“That was just a great day, it all happened so quickly,” he said. “You could say it was a dream come true.”

He finally returned to the team during a series in San Francisco on July 30. A few nights later, against his first big league team, Baxter would tie a team record by drawing five walks. When he returned for his first night back at Citi Field on August 7, Baxter said he was most proud to be back in front of the fans.

“I love playing in New York,” he said. “When you come back to New York and you get back in front of the fans, some of the greatest in the world in my opinion, it’s always exciting taking the field out here.”

The Whitestone native’s future is still to be written and it is unclear what will come in the next few years. His dad, on the other hand, is certain his son will stay in baseball for as long as humanly possible, even after he hangs up his glove.

“In my heart, I believe Michael is not leaving baseball.”

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South wind 6 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Cowboys & Aliens at Rockaway Beach

Enjoy films, sand, waves and salty air at the same time in Rockaway Beach. The free movie starts at sundown (approx. 9 p.m.). Click here for more info or submit an event of your own

Prosecutors decline to prosecute cop accused of assaulting a Queens Supreme Court Justice

Prosecutors said Wednesday they will not charge a cop accused of assaulting a Queens Supreme Court Justice during a homeless man’s arrest in Jackson Heights. Justice Thomas Raffaele, 69, says he was hit with a chop to the throat in June by an officer who thought he was part of a rowdy crowd and that a police sergeant then refused to take his complaint. Read more: Daily News

Mets shut Santana down with back inflammationJohan Santana can start contemplating 2013

The Mets left-hander is not expected to pitch again this season, after the team on Wednesday placed him on the disabled list with an inflammation of the lower back. The decision to shut down Santana came after Mets brass received the results of an MRI exam taken on Tuesday. Read more: NY Post

Obama fundraises with help of his NBA friends

President Barack Obama is comparing the presidential contest to the fourth quarter of a basketball game. Obama is fundraising in New York with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars. He tells a small group of donors gathered at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the campaign is like a hoops contest in the final minutes. Read more: NY Post

Explosive firsthand account on raid that killed Osama bin Laden coming from member of Navy SEAL team

A member of the U.S. Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden has written a firsthand account of the operation, triggering more questions about the possible public release of classified information involving the historic assault of the terror leader’s compound in Pakistan. Read more: Daily News

LL Cool J takes down burglar in his LA home

LL Cool J put his “NCIS: Los Angeles” training to good use against a burglar in his L.A. home early Wednesday morning. The 42-year-old rapper turned TV military cop left the would be robber with a broken nose and jaw in what police sources described to the LA Times as a”knock-down, drag-out” fight and detained him for police. Read more: Daily News

Two errors cited as cause for Second Ave. subway explosion

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Year after Irene, Rockaway Beach repairs press on

Efforts to repair some of the damage from Hurricane Irene are still under way nearly a year later, including the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach. NY1′s Roger Clark filed the following report. Workers were out on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk Wednesday repairing a portion damaged almost a year ago, and has some residents wondering why it’s been taking so long. Read more: NY1

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Heat Advisory In Effect For City Today

New Yorkers will be trying hard to stay cool during the next few days as a brief heat wave makes its way into the five boroughs and beyond. A heat advisory takes effect today at noon. City beaches are open, but visitors should remember to only swim when lifeguards are on duty. Read More: [NY1]

Perv teach dodges jail time

A teacher at a Queens school managed to avoid jail time for filming an illicit motel-room romp with her 16-year-old student — after pleading guilty to the rap and being sentenced to six years of probation. Long Island cops busted Tara Driscoll, 34, for sexual misconduct after the teen told his mother that she drove him to a Lynbrook motel and performed sex acts on him on camera. Read more: [New York Post]

Johan Santana leads way as Mets blank Orioles for 2nd straight night

No matter who goes first, Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey in succession has turned into a nasty combination for the New York Mets. Santana followed Dickey’s second one-hitter in a row with his best outing since he tossed a no-hitter on June 1. Jordany Valdespin added a two-run single for New York, which won by the same score Monday night in the series opener — a rematch of the 1969 World Series won by the Miracle Mets. Read More: [ESPN]

A safe haven for Forest Park turtles

Katherine Kurre was enchanted by the sight of turtles sunning themselves around the edges of Strack Pond in Forest Park. But she thought there must be a better and safer way for them to relax out of the reach of curious kids and potential poachers. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Subway Series kicks off at Yankee Stadium tonight


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Mets fans will be eschewing the No. 7 train for the No. 4 and the D to the Bronx this weekend.

The Mets face off with their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in the annual Subway Series.

Johan Santana returns to the mound for the first time tonight since tossing the franchise’s first no-hitter on June 1. He will face off against Hiroki Kuroda.

Saturday’s match up pits Dillon Gee against Phil Hughes and Sunday Jon Niese takes on Andy Pettitte.

The Yankees took four out of six games against the Mets last year.

The Subway Series returns to Citi Field on June 22 for another three-game set.

 

Mets to sell reprinted tickets from historic no-hitter


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More than 27,000 Mets ticketholders have proof they sat in the stands for the franchise’s historic first no-hitter on June 1. Soon 42,000 more fans will have the same evidence.

The Mets have announced plans to sell reprinted tickets from Johan Santana’s masterpiece.

Immediately following the game, tickets from the contest were placed on eBay for upwards of $200. Stubs from the game are going for about $100 a piece on the auction site.

The reprinted tickets go on sale Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. for $50.

All 41,922 seats at Citi Field will have tickets reprinted.

Partial season ticket holders and those with tickets plans that did not include the last Friday night’s game can purchase tickets at a presale beginning June 8.

Fans with full-season plans will receive complimentary reprints, though there will still be shipping fees.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Eight Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Jackson Heights House

Two men were arrested after more than eight kilograms of cocaine were seized from a home in Jackson Heights, Queens last month. Officials say the drugs were found in an apartment on 81st Street month during an investigation by state police. Read more: [NY1]

Small Mexican town of Tenancingo is major source of sex trafficking pipeline to New York

In this small Mexican town that sends sex slaves to New York, little boys dream of growing up to be pimps. Gaudy gabled houses that rise above gated walls are proof of the profits to be made from funneling “delivery girls” to Roosevelt Ave. in Queens. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Organized crime: ‘Coke den’ neat freaks’ closet stash

They probably didn’t get the idea from Martha Stewart Living. Two thugs were cooking up more than dinner when police stormed their Queens drug den — and discovered more than 18 pounds of cocaine stashed in an oven and a dresser, authorities said yesterday. Read more: [New York Post]

Flushing is not the only place the Mormon church wants to build big 

A controversial plan to build a large Mormon church in Flushing will get a second hearing before a key city panel on Tuesday. But a look at the church’s construction plans from around the nation shows that Queens isn’t the only place it is seeking permission to build up to the heavens. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Mets’ Johan Santana To Get A Couple Extra Days’ Rest

After making history with a no-hitter game this past Friday, Mets ace pitcher Johan Santana will get a couple of extra days rest, as team officials are worried about the stress on his arm. Santana is coming off surgery that put him on the shelf for more than a year. Read more: [NY1]

Congressional hopefuls tout endorsements

Assemblyman and congressional hopeful Rory Lancman will be endorsed by former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum on Tuesday. Lancman will make the announcement in conjunction with a statement about educational policies, including a push for more teacher training and smaller class sizes. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Intrepid-Bound Space Shuttle Enterprise Sails Through New York Harbor

The Space Shuttle Enterprise set off on a barge Sunday morning from John F. Kennedy Airport to sail to New Jersey. The shuttle prototype was lifted from a JFK hanger onto a barge on Saturday, and the barge set off from the airport just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Read more: [NY1]

 

2 Mets fanatics charged for running on field to celebrate Johan Santana’s no-hitter

A pair of super-zealous Mets fans who barged onto Citi Field on Friday night after hurler Johan Santana’s no-hitter were charged with criminal trespass on Sunday but released without bail. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 Man Wanted For Attempted Kidnapping By Queens School 

Police were searching Sunday for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a young boy last week in North Corona, Queens. Authorities say Mark Synclair, 33, tried to grab the seven-year-old child outside P.S. 92 on Tuesday morning. Read more: [NY1]

 

Queens Library looks for new ways to battle budget cuts 

An army of strollers lined up outside the Broadway branch of the Queens Library to enlist the latest foot soldiers in the annual budget battle — toddlers and their caregivers. The borough library system is facing $26.7 million in proposed cuts under the Bloomberg Administration’s fiscal year 2013 budget. And library advocates are searching for new ways to get their message across. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Tourist, cabby die in 3-car LIE horror

A Utah woman and a Queens cabdriver were killed and the woman’s grandson was seriously injured early yesterday in a three-car smashup on the Long Island Expressway. Suzanne Nicholson, 60, and her grandson Gabe Larsen, 11, were headed from Kennedy Airport to a Manhattan hotel at about 12:30 a.m. when their cabby, Mohamed Hussain, rear-ended a 1995 Porsche near 66th Street in Queens, cops said. Read more: [New York Post]

 

Maher purchases stake in Amazin’s

He’s not joking — comedian and lifelong Mets fan Bill Maher now owns a piece of the team. HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” host made a surprise announcement that he’s a minority owner before last night’s win against the Cardinals, after a VIP tour with Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon. Read more: [New York Post] 

Afternoon Roundup


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Passenger plane crashes in Nigeria’s largest city

A passenger plane crashed into a two-story building in Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos on Sunday, officials said. Read more: USA Today

Man Wanted For Attempted Child Kidnapping In Queens

Police are searching for a man they say tried to kidnap a young boy last week in St. Albans. Authorities say Mark Synclair, 33, tried to grab the seven-year-old child outside P.S. 192 on Tuesday morning. Read more: NY1

Cuomo’s $4 Billion Plan for Project in Queens Falls Apart

A $4 billion plan announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to create the country’s largest convention center and a casino in Queens has fallen apart, the governor acknowledged on Friday. Read more: NY Times

Die-hard Mets fan arrested after running onto field following Santana’s no-hitter

A front-row seat at Citi Field: $315. Getting arrested for storming the pitcher’s mound: a possible $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Being a part of Mets history: priceless. Rafael Diaz, 32, lived the dream of every fanatic Friday night when he bolted past security to join the joyous huddle of Amazin’s congratulating pitcher Johan Santana moments after he succeeded in putting in the books the team’s first-ever no-hitter. Read more: NY Post

Three-Car LIE Crash Kills Two In Queens

Two people are dead and a child is injured after a three-car crash on the Long Island Expressway in Queens. Investigators say a yellow taxi cab was traveling westbound on the LIE near 66th Street in Maspeth when it slammed into the rear of a Porsche at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Read more: NY1

Queens jury clears former NYPD narcotics detective charged with planting drugs on bar patrons

A Queens jury has cleared a former NYPD narcotics detective charged with planting drugs on innocent victims. Adolph Osback was acquitted of multiple charges of falsifying police reports, perjury and official misconduct after jurors deliberated for only 90 minutes Wednesday, his attorney Damien Brown said. Read more: Daily News

Roundup of Johan Santana no-hitter links


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Santana Throws Mets’ First No-Hitter

The Mets’ historic streak without a no-hitter is over. Ace left-hander Johan Santana needed 134 pitches to complete the first no-hitter in the team’s 51-year history Friday as the Mets topped the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0. Read more: NY1

On Johan Santana’s magical night at Citi Field, NY Mets fans finally see a no-hitter

This was for all the times the Mets came close over the half-century they have been in business, the most famous of all when Tom Seaver had a perfect game against the Cubs one time and then a guy named Jimmy Qualls broke it up in the ninth inning. Read more: Daily News

Photo gallery from Santana’s no-hiter. View here: Daily News

Terry Collins sticks with Johan Santana and the rest is NY Mets history

The Friday started with thoughts of how Carlos Beltran would be received by the Mets faithful. But as the game wore on, as Mets ace Johan Santana, kept blanking the Cardinals on a magical Friday night at Citi Field, those thoughts quickly faded into the background. Read more: Daily News

Santana steals show in Carlos Beltran’s return to New York, ends 8,019-game drought

An intense cocktail of emotions coursed through Citi Field with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night. The 27,069 souls in the stands teetered on a precipice between joy and disappointment, desperate to see Mets history, while Johan Santana coped with surges of determination. Read more: Daily News

Baxter hurts shoulder preserving Mets’ no-hitter

Mike Baxter, after making the catch of his life last night, struggled to pull his T-shirt over his head after the game. Shaken, and in serious pain, he said he felt great on a night he gave up his body to keep Johan Santana’s no-hitter intact. Read more: NY Post

WATCH: Santana thanks Mets teammates in clubhouse. Watch here: NY Post

Beltran’s hit that wasn’t had some crying foul over Mets’ no-no

The umpire blew it, but the call and the no-hitter will stand. Maybe because of last night’s call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson, there will be new calls for expanded replay. Read more: NY Post

In Mets’ 51st Year, Finally, Their First No-Hitter

For 8,019 games, across 51 seasons, it had never happened for the Mets. Not at the Polo Grounds, not at Shea Stadium, not at Citi Field, not on the road. Not for Ryan or Seaver, not for Koosman or Matlack, not for Gooden or Cone, not for Leiter or Glavine. No Mets pitcher had ever thrown a no-hitter. Not until Friday. Read more: NY Times

Santana secures place in Mets lore

Johan Santana was the right man to do it, the right pitcher to deliver a magical moment that escaped more than a half-century’s worth of New York Mets. Truth is, he had this no-hitter coming to him since the day he tried to lift the Mets into the playoffs with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Read more: ESPN New York

 

Johan Santana throws New York Mets first ever franchise no-hitter


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Queens and every New York Mets fan is celebrating as Johan Santana has completed the first no-hitter in franchise history. In more than 8,000 games 36 Mets pitchers threw one-hitters.

Santana completed a magnificent performance on Friday, June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals winning by a score of 8-0.

This game will live in infamy for all Mets fans who are still riding high on the recent announcement of the 2013 All Star Game taking place at Citi Field.

Santana threw 134 pitches and walked 5 in nine innings.

Queens native right fielder Mike Baxter made a diving catch against the left field wall suffering an injury to his shoulder and apparent concussion to save the n0-no in the seventh inning.

Making the victory even more sweet for Mets fans was that this was Carlos Beltran’s first return to Flushing.

“It was a crazy night,” said Santana at the post game press conference.

It certainly will be for Mets fans in Queens and beyond.