My wife and I were all set to watch Reese Witherspoon’s This Means War on the Apple TV this past Friday night. Kind of sad I’m admitting that, but it’s true. However, something happened. After dinner, I checked the Mets game we had on in the background and noticed Johan Santana had a no-hitter working after 6 innings. I said to my wife, “We’ll watch the movie once the no-hitter is broken up.” I mean, after 50+ seasons of baseball and 8,019 games, the Mets had never thrown a no-no, and I didn’t expect them to this time, especially with a watching of This Means War hanging in the balance!
So we sat down to watch, the game not the movie, and a funny thing happened. The no-hitter kept going, and the Mets were making great plays in the field to keep it going. Left-fielder Mike Baxter crashed into the wall to make a dramatic catch in the 7th inning, and displaced the joint between his right collarbone and sternum in the process. He also tore rib cartilage on his right side.
Next thing I knew, it wasn’t just me and my wife watching the game anymore. Friends of mine from around the country, Mets fans and even some Yankees fans, began to “watch together” on Facebook and Twitter.
Because of Facebook and Twitter, I felt like I was back in college, watching the Mets with my friends and fellow Mets fans at our should have been condemned house at 108 Schuyler in Ithaca. Time in-between pitches was used to comment on Facebook posts, share a tweet or three, send texts, and check out #Mets on Twitter to see what everyone was saying about Mets history in the making. And then, it finally happened…history was made.
And after Johan Santana pitched the no-no, the social media conversation continued.
The no-hitter even drew some jealousy from Yankees fans!
After the game, Santana received social media congrats from Mayor Bloomberg, Dwight Gooden, and a host of others. Even Gary Carter and jorts (jean shorts) were trending on Twitter because of this fan in a Gary Carter jersey and jean shorts who ran onto the field to celebrate the win!
Social media is at its best while history is being made, even if it just sports history as it was in this case. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to experience such a historic Mets moment with friends from around the country. Social media really put me back to that living room at 108 Schuyler, where my friends and I watched the Mets’ run to the Subway Series in 2000. Back then, who could’ve known the way we watch sporting events would change so much. I admit, there are few times I watch games now without using my iPhone or iPad at the same time.
As for This Means War, still haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. Although, based on what people are saying on Twitter, it looks pretty good.