Hands down the single greatest pitching performance I have personally witnessed was Johan’s complete game shutout over the Marlins on September 27, 2008. It wasn’t a no-hitter and it asn’t a payoff game (well close), but when you consider that Johan was pitching on short rest with a torn meniscus; that the Mets were one loss from being eliminated from the playoffs; and that this was Shea Stadiums last weekend and the emotion was running sky high. Johan took the entire team on his shoulders, ignored the pain, and carried the team and 55,000 plus in attendance into that last game at Shea still hoping for playoff baseball.
Two years later K-Rod would inspire a quote we have used many times here at Mets Police. On that rainy night in September, Johan Manned Up and Played Better.