Mets ace Johan Santana has been honored by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for pitching the first no-hitter in team history.
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Bloomberg gave Santana the key to the city before the Mets played the crosstown-rival Yankees on Friday night, telling the left-hander ”it doesn’t open any doors.”
Santana threw his no-hitter June 1 against the Cardinals in the franchise’s 8,020th game. He thanked the mayor and all of New York for treating his family well.
Bloomberg marveled at Santana’s feat, especially since the two-time Cy Young Award winner missed the 2011 season while recovering from shoulder surgery. Bloomberg said the achievement represented ”the spirit of New York.”
Bloomberg gave all the members of the 2009 World Series champion Yankees honorary keys after their ticker-tape parade.