10. NY Mets (15-12)
Big smiles down in Arlington, VA……..
Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana tossed a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 8-0 victory.
Santana kept the Cardinals lineup off-balance all night striking out 8 while walking 5.
The Mets have been one of the pleasant surprises in 2012, they’ve compiled at 29-23 record good for 3rd in the NL East and sit only 1 game behind the division leading Nationals. Santana has been a bright spot, He’s been as rock solid in 2012 improving to 3-2 with a 2.38 era.
Forbes magazine has published their list of the 10 most popular mascots in professional sports. In recent years the Phillie Phanatic has come up on top of the list, but he has now been surpassed by none other than Mr. Met.
While this isn’t a list of the best mascots, I still find it hard to believe that Mr. Met is the most popular mascot. Of course the amount of negative attention received by the Mets organization in recent years may have played a role in Mr. Met’s growing popularity. A big-headed bozo is an easy target.
Philip Humber became the 21st pitcher to thrown a perfect game in major league history. Humber baffled the Mariners all afternoon, striking out 9 batters on only 96 pitches. He is the third White Sox and first player since Roy Halladay to complete the perfect game. This was third time the Mariners have been on the wrong end of a perfect game, the last being Dwight Gooden with the Yankees in 1996. Prior to pitching his way into the history books, Humber’s biggest claim to fame was his inclusion in the 2008 trade that sent Johan Santana from Minnesota to the New York Mets. Humber pitched in 5 games with the Mets in 2006-2007 prior to being dealt. The line of former Mets to toss no-hitters has climbed by one as the organization continues to look for their first.
A look inside Humber’s masterpiece: