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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Never thought it would happen.

But it did.

47 comments to PROHIBITION IS OVER!!!

  • Dave

    Good thing too, because I could use a drink.

  • Inside Pitcher


  • Baseball Oogie

    I lived to see it…

  • NostraDennis

    Perfect guy to do it, too. Now the answer to that trivia question is “The San Diego Padres”. And I love that Carlos “Called Third Strike” Beltran is a part of the controversy. At least he swung this time.

  • Steve D

    Give him his next start off…glad it was Johan

  • christopher galligan


  • christopher galligan

    Sorry my 5 year old is up with me for this at the keyboard still Unbelievable!!!!!!! Let’s go Mets

  • 9th string catcher

    Welcome back Thole!

  • Lenny65

    I cannot believe it. I just cannot believe it. I’ve been waiting to see this happen for my entire life and as far as regular season moments are concerned, there are no words. Johan Santana…Met Legend For Life. Anything is possible now.

  • 9th string catcher

    Seems like the ghost of Carter has presided over this team. Tonight especially.

  • Gary in Suffolk

    I am right with Baseball Oogie. “I lived to see it.” The game that made grown men cry. What a champion, Johan! What sweet irony to have “Mets Hall of Fame” on the field for the game!!!! Think it was a fair trade? “Perfect Game Phil Humber” and three others for No-Hit Johan Santana? There’s a trivia question for the future….

  • JB

    I never moved when I heard it was a possibility, mostly because I knew that it wasn’t going to happen. No hitters don’t happen to the Mets, they happen to former Mets.

    I can’t wait to read your story tomorrow.

  • Rebecca

    Thrilling!! 8020 is my new favorite number!! Let’s go, Mets!!!

  • JB

    8020. That’s funny. 80/20. You could play with the numbers any way you like.

    But the sad fact is that now, in this economy, the Mets are responsible for destroying the job of whoever formerly ran

  • nestornajwa

    AMAZIN’!!!!! Of course it was a full-blown opera, complete with a heroic sacrifice and that pitch count going up, up up. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • NostraDennis

    Ummm…is it just coincidence that the website is currently down?

  • dak442

    Wow. Just, wow. So happy, for Johan, and for us.

  • ToBeDetermined

    Never thought it would happen. Something would screw it up. Always had before.

    I suppose history isn’t always a perfect guide after all.

    Mike Baxter has entered the list of All-Time Mets Folk Heroes. I think that catch may pass Endy’s on the highlight rankings.

    And can they induct Johan into the Mets Hall of Fame on Sunday along with John Franco?

  • Lenny65

    Finally Citi Field has a Magical Met Moment to call its own. It finally sounded just like Shea tonight. This is just off-the-charts incredible. Thank God I was home to see it, I always dreaded missing it when/if it finally happened.

  • Tom in Sunnyside

    As Darling said, there’s only been one better catch in Queens in left field. Also against the Cardinals. And this one is against YADIER F-ING MOLINA!!!!!! Payback, bay-bee!!!!!

    Congratulations to Johann, he deserves it for all the hard work he’s done to come back from that shoulder injury. And he couldn’t be a better representative of this team or this sport.

  • mikeL

    yea, citi has been properly christened!
    i haven’t been this nervous watching a ballgame siunce the final game in 06.
    such crazy parallels – wainwright, beltran, the menacing yadi on deck for last out…and yes, the catch that folks will see for many years to come.
    the pitch count another layer of tension throughout.
    a truly exciting and touching event!

  • Steve D

    These words sent chills down my spine…”first Met since Tom Seaver to take a no-hitter into the ninth”…I didn’t realize that

  • joenunz

    Spreadsheet deleted. Data dumps no longer necessary.

    I got my FAFIF glory just in time…

  • Baseball Oogie

    This is real, isn’t it?

  • Joe D.

    As an exciting a night for this New Breeder in his Met lifetime. It’s like 1969 – a miracle come true.

    Amazing how many posts in such a short time, right guys?

  • Steve D

    In case you can’t access due to heavy load…here is their post”

    The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards

    Posted on June 1, 2012 by Dirk

    For the first time in 8,019 games, a New York Mets game has ended with a zero in the opposing team’s “H” column.

    Johan Santana threw a no-hitter Friday to accomplish what Nolan Ryan, Tom seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone could do only for other teams – not the Mets.

    Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 victory.

    Sanatan’s no-no leaves the San Diego Padres as the only franchise without a no-hitter, and anoints the Padres with newfound infamy as the team with the longest drought. We haven’t yet worked out their current count.

    The Mets drought stretched into the team’s 50th season, starting when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig on April 11, 1962, during the Mets franchise’s first Major League game.

    In addition to Ryan, Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Mike Scott and Hideo Nomo also pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets. Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos both before (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1996) and after (Boston Red Sox, 2001) his stints with the Mets.

    The rest of the cast pitching no-hitters before joining the Mets includes Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Scott Erickson (Twins), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins) and Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers).

    Thank you, Johan for finally breaking the curse.

  • Andee

    I have only one question. Were you there?

  • Baseball Oogie

    Mike Baxter for President!

  • Amazin’ Amazin’ Amazin’!

  • mikeL

    yea, baxter is a class act all around. great interview – hopefully a day-to-day.

    …and thole comes back to work this.

    he too was great in postgame interview.

    what a likable team…lots of magical stuff happening (oh yea, duda blast, murph triple)

    i’m giddy!

  • J M

    Absolutely Amazin’.

  • Andre Tessier

    To happy for words.

  • Andre Tessier

    To happy for words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shea80

    The King Korn Curse is finally broken. Thanks, Johan!

  • Will in Central NJ

    I haven’t felt such a surge of Met fan pride since 2006. I’m so glad it was an All-Star to hang up our first no-hitter, like Johan Santana…nothing against the Falcones, Learys and Leaches of our team’s history.

    Remarkable that the Queens native Baxter had a major role in the game, and that villains of years past Molina and Wainwright were on the receiving end of the ignominy. Carlos Beltran must’ve felt some ambivalence, too. Could this be a sign of things to come? Will more miracles crop up in 2012? Let’s go Mets!!

  • dmg

    i missed it, but heard about it in the best way possible — my son called me the moment it was over and gave me all the highlights, including baxter’s heroic catch off yadier effing molina! i was on the corner of 44th and 9th jumping up and down while ash told me the news. still don’t believe it! and last saturday, i had taken ash and my daughter to the ballpark toi see johan pitch his complete game shutout, what shall forever be known in my house as The Warmup! Johan! You da No-Man!

  • cpins

    Keep having “hunches” Greg! Nothing like the reverse jinx! Poor Baxter, hope he’s ok. Great night – brought back vivid memories of the ’75 Seaver near no-no when I was 15 . . . amazing what feelings this game of ours can inspire.

  • Rob

    Never thought I’d see the day. Wow. Time to start a new obsession.

    That said, as much as I am a fan of Johan, I’m kind of disappointed that R.A. didn’t do it (Or is that heresy on this blog?)

  • Kevin From Flushing


  • JerseyJack

    damn! And, I had to work till 11pm last nite. Heard about it when sent me an email !! (still don’t believe it)

  • open the gates

    I’m probably the last Mets fanatic on the planet to have heard about it.

    I’m an Orthodox Jew, and there (apparently) aren’t any sports fans in my synagogue. So Saturday afternoon I’m having lunch at a friend’s house. He breaks out a bottle of bourbon and says, “I never drink, but I’m drinking today.”

    Me: “What’s the occasion?”

    My friend looks at me almost pityingly. Then he tells me.


    Whiskey never tasted so sweet.

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