I've been a baseball fan for as long as I can remember. Something about America's favorite pastime captured my attention as a little kid and has kept me interested throughout the years. Being from New York, I loved rooting for the underdog and became a Mets fan early on.
Now, anyone that follows baseball remotely will tell you, my favorite team has not had the greatest of successes throughout the years. I've only seen them make the playoffs three times in my life and all have ended in disappointment.
Although some of the greatest pitchers in baseball history have at one point in time played for the Mets, one thing that has eluded this franchise over its first 50+ seasons of existence, is the joy of having one of them throw a no-hitter. It's bothered and tortured all Met fans for a very, very long time.
On Friday night, I decided to go to the movies instead of staying home and watching the Mets game like I usually would. It's a long 162-game season so missing one every once in a while isn't really a big deal for me. The thing with baseball is, history can be made at any point in time, during any game. I would quickly learn that that evening.
I personally don't like my phone vibrating while I'm watching a movie as I can't stop myself from looking at it to see what's going on if it does go off. This is why I usually put my BlackBerry on "All Alerts Off"
at this time.
I was in the middle of the movie when all of a sudden, my phone vibrates. As you all probably know, the only way a BlackBerry vibrates when it's in the "All Alerts Off" profile is if someone PINGs you on BBM. Full disclosure, before Friday night, I had considered PINGing to be one of the most useless and annoying features of BBM and kind of wished it would be removed in a future build.
Annoyed, I take out my phone during the movie to see who dared PING me randomly. I was assuming someone was trying to be annoying or something. I open BBM and see it's my buddy Kevin. He's not the type of person to just PING someone without a good reason so I opened up the convo and read: "You better be watching this."
He, like I, is a die-hard Mets fan so I figured it had something to do with baseball. I replied, "I'm at the movies, what happened?" "Johan" was his answer and I immediately knew, Johan Santana had a no-hitter going through 8 innings and I wasn't watching the game.
Without hesitation, I got up, left the movies and headed upstairs to the closest restaurant, Ruby Tuesday, to catch the end of the game. Johan Santana would eventually pitch a perfect 9th inning and record the first no-hitter in New York Mets history. I got to see it happen. I got to see my team make history.
I didn't realize it until later though, if I would've had any other smartphone at that time and turned off all the alerts as well, I would have probably missed that no-hitter. I would've left the theater that evening, looked at my phone and seen the missed calls from my dad, and countless BBMs, Twitter mentions and texts that were coming my way from everyone else because of it.
While many may wont understand the importance of not missing this game, some of you will see how this could've turned out ugly. Thankfully I didn't even need to consider that as a possibility because a simple PING helped me not miss baseball history.