One time in college you drank 13 beers and had a GREAT TIME. Man what a fabulous night that was. Then you spent the night praying to the porcelain gods. Then the dry heaves came and you WISHED you could throw up.
That’s what happened ten years ago and Terry Collins was the bartender.
…Aside from the pesky fact that there was a fair ball called foul….
That night Terry did the unconscionable and broke Santana. I know some of you weirdos claim that it had nothing to do with this night and that someone stepped on his foot two starts later…..yeah OK.
Coming into the game Santana was 2-2 with an ERA of 2.75.
Terry The Maniac had let him pitch 9 in his previous start (younger fans may not remember something called a Complete Game) and 96 pitches IN A GAME THE METS WON 9-0. Reckless.
Santana was at 75 pitches on the 5th, I started first-guessing it then, tweeting several times that they shouldn’t even think about it. The math was impossible. Terry didn’t care.
Santana would make 10 more starts after June 1, finishing 6-9 with an ERA of 4.85. There are some worrisome stat lines along the way In his final 5 starts he gave up 7, 6, 6, 8 and 6 earned runs. But the Mets, who a decade later old break deGrom by celebrating him mowing down teenagers in March and again in A ball – the Mets kept rolling Santana out there.
One wonders what might have been.. The 2013 Rotation probably looks better if it were Santana, Dillon Gee, Harvey and Niese…instead of Gee being at the top of that deck.
We’ll never know.
I hope you still have your t-shirt. I hope you’re not a fool who thinks this was a proud night for the organization.
Terry Collins, this is on you.