There were so many things to talk about in the aftermath of Johan Santana’s no-hitter that this one flew under the radar a bit. Still, it’s pretty entertaining.
After Santana struck out Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese to complete the no-hitter, he was mobbed on the mound by teammates and coaches. But there was also someone in the pile who clearly didn’t belong. Adorned in Gary Carter’s No. 8 and a pair of jean shorts, a fan came running from right field to celebrate history.
The unidentified fan, a man who appeared to be in mid-20s and possibly intoxicated and/or euphoric, actually stuck around in the scrum for quite some time before being pulled away and tackled by two security guards. You can watch video of the celebration here. The fan comes into the frame at about the 18-second mark.
I don’t condone running on the field, but if you are going to get arrested and possibly banned from Citi Field for life, picking the first Mets’ no-hitter is a pretty good time to do it.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”