The first no-hitter call in New York Mets history

Let's Go Mets - Mr. MetThis was too important to post on Tumblr. Last night, Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in the New York Mets’ 50-year history

Here’s New York Mets radio announcer Howie Rose calling the final out:

For you New York Rangers fans out there, Rose also made the now-famous “Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!” call to end Game 7 of the 1994 NHL Eastern Conference Finals.

On the TV side, longtime Mets announcer Gary Cohen made the call on SNY, with Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling providing color commentary:

Congratulations to Johan Santana and Mets fans everywhere on this historic occasion!

(Audio courtesy Soundcloud, WFAN)

Sports Video of the Day

Video of the Day: 1986 World Series, Game Six, re-enacted in RBI Baseball

This is for my fellow Mets fans who need a bit of cheering up. Thanks, Eric, for pointing this out to me!

It’s almost as good as last year’s Mr. Met videos, which are here and here.


Tidbit of the Day: Mike Piazza retires from baseball

Yup. One of the greatest — if not the greatest — hitting catcher of all time. 427 home runs. 1,300+ runs batted in. A .308 lifetime hitter.

He’s a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

Sports Video of the Day

Video of the Day: The Catch – New York Giants QB Eli Manning completes pass to David Tyree in Superbowl 42

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Tidbit of the Day: No Seinfeld? No problem! Eli Manning leads New York Giants to NFC Championship!

‘Nuff said. See you two weeks from now!

Until then, enjoy this highlight reel from the ’07-’08 season. (I didn’t know Jim Jones recorded a song about the New York Giants…)


Tidbit of the Day: Eight 4,000-yard NFL quarterbacks in 2007?

Check this out. It looks like there’s a serious chance that there could be eight NFL quarterbacks who will rack up 4,000 yards or more in 2007. I’m pretty sure that if it happens, it would be for the first time in history.

In case you don’t feel like looking, through Week 15 of the season, you have:

Tom Brady – 4,235 yards
Brett Favre – 3,905 yards
Tony Romo – 3,868 yards
Drew Brees – 3,819 yards
Jon Kitna – 3,707 yards
Carson Palmer – 3,700 yards
Peyton Manning – 3,634 yards
Matt Hasselbeck – 3,620 yards


Tidbit of the Day: Mitchell report names Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Miguel Tejada, others

Recognize any of these names:

Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds, Bobby Estalella, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Benito Santiago, Gary Sheffield, Randy Velarde, David Segui, Jason Grimsley, Lenny Dykstra, Larry Bigbie, Brian Roberts, Jack Cust, Tim Laker, Josias Manzanillo, Todd Hundley, Mark Carreon, Hal Morris, Matt Franco, Rondell White, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, Gregg Zaun, David Justice, F.P. Santangelo, Glenallen Hill, Mo Vaughn, Denny Neagle, Ron Villone, Ryan Franklin, Chris Donnels, Todd Williams, Phil Hiatt, Todd Pratt, Kevin Young, Mike Lansing, Cody McKay, Kent Mercker, Adam Piatt, Miguel Tejada, Jason Christiansen, Mike Stanton, Stephen Randolph, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Paul Lo Duca, Adam Riggs, Bart Miadich, Fernando Vina, Kevin Brown, Eric Gagné, Mike Bell, Matt Herges, Gary Bennett, Jr., Jim Parque, Brendan Donnelly, Chad Allen, Jeff Williams, Howie Clark, Exavier “Nook” Logan

They were all named in the Mitchell Report, which was released earlier today.

Some of the names (Bonds, Sheffield, Giambi) are no surprise. But some (Mo Vaughn, Chuck friggin’ Knoblauch, Kevin Brown) are total surprises.

You can read the full report here. A bit of a warning, though: It’s 409 pages long.


Chicago Blackhawks…no Web page?

I went to the Chicago Blackhawks site earlier to look up if the New York Rangers will be in town this season, but when I navigated to the Hawks’ site, it looks as if their site lease had expired. This is what I saw:

Chicago Blackhawks site

Oops. Just more incompetence from the Hawks organization. I think they’re the only team in the National Hockey League without a site. Or maybe they do, but it’s just down.


Mets name Rickey Henderson new hitting coach

New York Mets logo

On Wednesday, the New York Mets named Rickey Henderson the team’s new hitting coach.

Henderson, who compiled a .279 career average, hit .300 or better seven times in his career and is a member of the 3,000 hit club, collecting 3,055 hits during his career.

Maybe SS Jose Reyes will break 100 steals this season…? I mean, Rickey did it three times.


The feel of the game (Chicago Tribune)

Here’s an interesting feel-good piece from today’s Chicago Tribune by William Hageman titled, “The feel of the game,” which details the best tour one can have of U.S. Cellular Field.