Tom Seaver took three no-hit bids into the ninth inning as a Met, but could never finish one off.
“I never looked back on losing a no-hitter as long as we won,” Seaver said in a statement issued by the Mets on Saturday afternoon, the day after Johan Santana threw the first no-no in franchise history. “I would trade a no-hitter for two wins.”
Seaver marveled at Santana’s gem from his home in Calistoga, Calif.
“Honestly, not having a no-hitter was an anomaly. It’s great to get this off the franchise’s back,” he said. "Now they can’t say the Mets are without a no-hitter.
“I’ve never met Johan personally, but, what I’ve heard about him is that he has a big heart and is a huge competitor.”
Seaver didn’t get to see the game on Friday night.
“I found out when I picked up the morning paper. My first reaction was ‘Wow, they finally did it.’”
Seaver did end up throwing a no-hitter with the Reds on June 16, 1978.
He finished his Mets’ career with five one-hitters.