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What's All The Fuss About?

It is my philosophy this season not to dwell on that which you do not possess, as right alongside "Ya Gotta Get Worse!" I've decided to embrace the belief "Enjoy what you have" simply because it makes my life a lot more pleasant to do so.

And what the Mets do have is 341 walk-off wins (and yes, to the anonymous poster from yesterday, a walk-off triple (click on the link) is among them), which I plan to relish in this space on a regular basis.

Besides, I'm not sure why everyone's moaning and groaning about no-hitters today. The Mets have had them before. Or do you not remember March 22, 1965? That was the day the Mets took down, as the New York Times called them, "the hottest spring training team in Florida."

Credit for the ultimate pitching success goes to Gary Kroll and Gordon Richardson, who combined on nine hitless frames in blanking the Pirates, 6-0. Kroll worked the first six and Richardson closed with a strong last three. At one point they combined to retire 20 in a row. Four Pirates reached base, three via walk and one via error, but nifty defensive plays by leftfielder Danny Napoleon and shortstop Roy McMillan thwarted Pittsburgh bids to put any digit into the hit column. Kevin Collins, an 18-year-old third baseman, starred for the Mets on the offensive end with three hits and an RBI

Sure the Pirates were without Roberto Clemente (out battling malaria!), but the other regulars were present and accounted for, so don't be like Isiah Thomas and use injuries as an excuse. It was a perfectly legitimate no-hitter. It was the first in Mets history and certainly won't be the last.

So quit you're griping and this "woe is me" attitude that you've got today regarding John Maine, Mark Buehrle and the events of April 18. Some of us forgot to start Buehrle in our fantasy leagues, but we're not complaining about it. Instead, we choose to enjoy what we have, which at the moment is a pretty good baseball team to watch.

True Metnohitters know... Gary Kroll made 40 appearances, including 13 starts, for the Mets, winning six. His longest regular-season no-hit bid for the Mets was 3 1/3 innings against the Cubs on May 27, 1965. It was broken up by a single by Doug (no relation to Roger) Clemens.
Gordon Richardson appeared in 50 games for the Mets, winning two. He made one regular-season start, but had his no-hit bid ended in the second inning on a leadoff home run by Dick Allen.

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