I really think you’re all going to enjoy this week’s Mets Trivia Quiz. Can you name all the head coaches in the NFL that have been embroiled in more cheating controversies throughout their careers and have never lost their jobs than New England head coach Bill Belichick? Ha ha ha… Just messing with ya…. Here’s the actual question… Can you name one NFL quarterback with bigger deflated balls than Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady? Okay, Okay, I’ll stop, I’ll stop…
Last week, we remembered the anniversary of the trade that brought Minnesota Twins left-hander Johan Santana to the New York Mets on January 30, 2008. The Mets sent pitching prospects Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra, and Kevin Mulvey, as well as center fielder Carlos Gomez to the Twins in exchange for the new ace of their starting rotation.
Even third baseman David Wright couldn’t contain his enthusiasm. “Wow, if it’s true, obviously, we are getting arguably the best pitcher in the game.”
Johan Santana was as good as advertised, coming in third in the Cy Young voting in his first season with the Mets, finishing first in the league with 234.1 innings pitched, 34 starts and a 2.34 ERA to go with a 1.141 WHIP, 206 strikeouts and a – hold onto your butts – 7.1 WAR.
Unfortunately, that would be as good as it gets as injuries would begin to take a toll on the veteran southpaw and severely cut into his playing time, although when he did make it onto the mound he was still giving the Mets everything he had to offer.
Then on one incredible and magical summer night, Johan thrilled the 27,069 Met fans who were on hand at Citi Field to their wildest dreams and pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history against the St. Louis Cardinals. It happened on June 1, 2012 and everyone who was there or who watched at how will remember that moment and cherish it for the rest of their lives.
The Mets have had their share of near misses before and after, and in fact 19 different pitchers have tossed a complete game one-hitter for the New York Mets over the years. Do you think you can name all of them? You have three minutes to show me if you can.
*** Just last name will suffice!