The Rule 4 (Amateur) MLB Draft began June 4, and I am unable to speak properly.
Thanks to a bad cold, I could not do a "normal" show today, but I could not let ONE MORE DAY pass without commenting on two cataclysmic events in baseball history, one of which took place on Friday night.
In case you're under a rock, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history, shutting down the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-0. He did walk five batters and threw more pitches than he'd ever thrown in a major league game (134), 19 more than his team-imposed limit of 115. This is amazing due to the fact that just a year ago, he had surgery to repair the anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder, a career threatening procedure that could have spelled a premature end to his career.
Instead, we're now celebrating the first no-hitter in 51 years of Mets baseball, covering 8019 games. To hear Howie Rose call the last pitch of the game with such glee was music to this commentator's ears.
Also, the Astros surprised most observers by taking Carlos Correa, a 17-year old shortstop from Puerto Rico, with the first pick of the draft. The Twins took five-tool outfielder Byron Buxton with the 2nd pick, with the Mariners following by taking catcher Mark Zuniga with the third.
Enjoy this truncated episode of me fighting through this awful cold to express my reaction to both bits of news. I'll be back Friday for a regular episode, in which I'll react to the balance of the amateur draft and do my June power rankings.
But first, feast your eyes on the wonderful moment of baseball history that took place Friday night: