Teammates thrilled for Santana

June, 2, 2012
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As the Mets celebrate their first no-hitter in team history, Johan Santana's teammates and manager were thrilled for the southpaw. Here's what they had to say following his historic performance in Flushing.

Third baseman David Wright: That was awesome. Short of Tom Seaver, I can't think of a better person to pitch the first one. Just the type of guy he is, the type of person he is and just what he's been through the last year or so, to come back and have that performance, that was incredible and I was glad I was able to be a part of that.

I'm thrilled I could be a part of it. As I've mentioned, it couldn't happen to a better guy and just an amazing story. The way that he's come back from this injury and I can let you know first-hand, I was there with him in Florida, throughout some of his rehab last year, and just the work that he put in, the time he put in to get himself back to this point. I thought his last start was special. This start I guess was once every 51 years.


Manager Terry Collins: To do what he had to do, to have the surgery done and have people say, 'Well he's not coming back, his career is over, if he comes back he'll be a sub-par guy, just be another guy who had surgery who is being paid a lot of money so he'll continue to pitch.' What's got him to this level is what he showed you tonight. He trusts himself, he trusts his ability, he never gives up and gets in and said I'm going to come back to this. It led to this. It's an amazing story.

Pitcher Miguel Batista: You look at the facts. He's the best pitcher we got. You look at facts, he's the best we have and the best we've seen in years. I've been in four different decades of baseball and together with Pedro (Martinez), he's up there. Him, (Roy) Halladay, those are the guys you expect to see them every night to go out there and see it happen. It's amazing. It's one of those things that happened that will take you a couple of days to actually digest what really is going on."

Pitcher R.A. Dickey: Just so proud of him. He pushed past probably a pitch envelope, that my first concern was he was getting up there in pitches. It takes a strong guy to keep going out there like he did. It's hard to put it into words. I'm just proud of him.

(The shoulder surgery) makes it more impressive simply because a lot of people out there didn't even think he was going to be ready for Opening Day. A lot of people out there didn't think he was going to be able to get back to his form that he was in. For him to be able to do it is incredibly impressive and not to mention that's his second consecutive complete-game shutout. Couldn't be more proud of him."


Catcher Josh Thole: You'll never forget this. I've asked to have my catcher's gear authenticated. This doesn't happen every day. Being a young guy, it's a little giddy, but exciting to say the least.

Outfielder Mike Baxter: It's an honor to be able to make a play for Johan. Ultimately it's his night, he was incredible tonight and he just start to finish had it all working. What a a great night for him and the Mets.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.298 8 43 62
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125