There was a point in his career that you could have argued that Johan Santana was the best pitcher in baseball and probably on his way to Cooperstown. Go look at his numbers, his ERA was basically always below 3.40, big strikeout numbers,microscopic WHIPs, the guy was phenomenal for the Twins and then the Mets. 139-78 for his career, a 3.20 career ERA, 2 Cy Youngs, 1,988 strikeouts, a 1.132 WHIP, 4 time All Star, 3 time ERA Champion, pitching triple crown, and a gold glove. Oh yea, and a no-hitter. People will point to this as the downfall of his career, because he literally was never the same after the 134 pitches in this no-hit game. Crazy that this was also the Mets' first no-no. His starts after this were terrible, and after this season he never pitched in baseball again. He attempted several comebacks, but injuries always came back up. So did the Mets sell their soul to the devil and derail the career of a should have been Hall Of Famer? Maybe. He was so fun to watch when he was on, and he was on for like 6 years straight. It's a shame how his career came to a halt and how fast it did.
PS. Every no-hitter has "the play", this game was Mike Baxter's catch in left field where he almost ran through the wall, took a real good beating on that one.