Today marks the 10th anniversary of the first NoNoHitters.com Mets count update.
On March 31, 2008, as Johan Santana took the mound for the fourth inning of the New York Mets’ season opener without yet yielding a hit, I was thinking that the site I spent months creating might crash and burn on Opening Day. But then Santana hung a two-out changeup, and Josh Willingham knocked it over the wall to move the newly created NoNoHitters.com count up to 7,321. We would advance the count 698 more times before Santana finally broke the Mets curse on June 1, 2012.
Now we’re counting Padres games without a no-no, and if something doesn’t change, the Padres will catch the Mets about 40 or so games into the 2019 season.
For nostalgia, here’s the March 31, 2008 blog post: