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When the New York Mets announced last fall that they would not be resigning popular shortstop Jose Reyes, fans entered a state of depression. Even in a mediocre season — and last season was less than that — watching Reyes was worth the price of admission.

Reyes is a spectacular fielder and one of the fastest runners in the major leagues. When he would steal a base or turn a routine single into a double, the fans would sing “Jose, Jose, Jose” in honor of their hero.

Almost no fan had great expectations for the current season. That was then. The Amazin’s, except for a bad weekend in the Bronx, are now fighting with the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East. Mets third baseman David Wright is one of the best batters in the NL.

And on June 1, Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in the team’s 51-year history.

But it’s a kid from Whitestone who has captured the attention of the city’s sports writers and the undying gratitude of fans.

Mike Baxter, who graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 2002 and grew up watching his favorite team at Shea Stadium, made a spectacular catch in the seventh inning in the game against the St. Louis Cardinals, saving Santana’s no-hitter.

In what may be the catch of a lifetime, Baxter slammed into the wall to catch Yadier Molina’s drive to left in the seventh. Running full speed, he hit the wall with his left shoulder, but managed somehow to hang on to the ball.

Baxter hit the wall so hard he had to be helped off the field.

The Rest Is History

The Mets went on to beat the Cardinals 8-0.

Baxter, who had recently become the Mets’ lead-off batter, suffered injuries to his collarbone, sternum and ribs and will be out for weeks.

As he struggled to pull his T-shirt over his head after the game, Baxter responded, “It’s an honor to be able to make a play for Johan, but ultimately it’s his night.”

It’s a night like this that makes it fun to be a Mets fan and proud that Whitestone is home to a kid who has become the Mets’ newest hero.

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ROSARIO from WHITESTONE says:
JOSE REYES IS NOT A HERO BUT A ZERO HE WAS
NOT A SERIOUS PLAYER WITH METS HE BANKRUPT
THEM AND HAD THE LAST LAUGH BEST MOVE THE
METS MADE IN A LONG TIME BY NOT SIGNING
HIM. GOOD RIDDANCE
June 25, 2012, 2:24 pm
ROSARIO from WHITESTONE says:
REYES BEHAVIOR ON THE FIELD WAS VERY STRANGE WHEN HE WOULD GET A MINOR INJURY
HE WOULD LIKE DANCE OFF THE FIELD. HE SIMPLY
TOOK THE MONEY AND RAN.HORRIBLE PLAYER
June 25, 2012, 2:33 pm
Your Neighbors says:
Alfredo's Mad!!! Using all BIG letters now, Hmmmmmmmmm. Stupid A#@.
June 25, 2012, 6:32 pm
Right next door says:
Hey neighbor! Rosario is commenting on the actual story. IDIOT!
June 25, 2012, 8:43 pm
Right next door says:
Hey neighbor! Rosario is commenting on the actual story. Putz!
June 25, 2012, 8:43 pm
Carmine says:
Alfredo never types anything on this site, You people are crazy!!!
June 27, 2012, 1:49 pm
Josh from Bayside says:
Alfredo good luck.
June 27, 2012, 9:18 pm
EllenBe says:
Insulting and disgusting, you children should be ashamed of yourselves! Trying to discredit someone who wants to do good for his community because he might not agree with your benefactor! VILE
June 27, 2012, 10:13 pm
Annie says:
Alfredo, what do you have to do with this story?
June 28, 2012, 8:46 am
Carmine says:
Why not ask the snakes that keep posting as him?
June 28, 2012, 3:40 pm
Annie says:
Why would someone post as him?
June 28, 2012, 5:36 pm
Carmine says:
Good question

They were sent to discredit al because he speaks out and calls out the politicians when they lie

Who would do this? As a local politico says, hmmmm!
June 28, 2012, 6:54 pm
Angelo says:
Alfredo, you a**! It's always about you.

Do you really think any politician cares what your uninformed little mind thinks?
June 28, 2012, 7:22 pm
Alfredo from Malba says:
Angelo your no where but their get it. Cheese head
June 28, 2012, 8:23 pm
Carmine says:
Hey Angelo how come every time I see you you never say anything to me?

Still haven't figured out that I'm "that Carmine"?

We can have a conversation as long as you watch your mouth with the cuss words and all
June 28, 2012, 9:39 pm
Angelo says:
Alfredo, the entire town knows you are "that Carmine", and still it's not enough that you do nothing now you are organizing a team effort for the Poppenhusen project. College point loves you, you moron. Watch the door on the way out.
June 29, 2012, 1:14 pm
Angelo from Whitestone says:
Alfredo get out more you need some air. Stop farting
June 29, 2012, 2:42 pm
Charlie from College Point says:
Angelo leave the poor kid alone. He 's got rich parents
he's spoiled
June 29, 2012, 2:46 pm
Alfredo C from Malba Gardens says:
The above two commentators are still Alfredo C from Malba Gardens Civic.

for further information email us at
Malbagardenscivic@hotmail.com
June 29, 2012, 3:13 pm
Angelo, Your Neighbors says:
Annie, just so you know. Carmine, Nag, Auntie, Chrissy, EllenB, Marco, Rosario, Josh, Charlie, Lou, Enough already, Outta yo mind and Alfredo.

ALL the same person Alfredo C from Malba Gardens Civic.
June 29, 2012, 3:45 pm
Annie says:
Thank you Angelo.

Alfredo, now I understand why Carmine and EllenB speak for you.

You are the one taking credit for the
Poppenhusen Institute repair and clean up project. No one has ever heard of you. You say we are insulting and disgusting and trying to discredit you, how by telling the truth? You have had nothing to do with this community effort. Please explain yourself.
June 29, 2012, 5:12 pm
Carmine says:
Once again!! He does not have to explain himself to you or anyone else. He is a good man trying to do good things for this community.
June 30, 2012, 3:25 pm
Paul tower says:
Hello John I see you are still at it.
June 30, 2012, 6:44 pm
Lisa says:
Alfredo, is this the legacy you want to pass down to your family? Get some help man!
July 1, 2012, 7:17 am
Carmine says:
So now you bring a mans family in on your slander?

Disgusting!
July 1, 2012, 12:20 pm
Cal from Littleneck says:
Why can't we all get along ya-all.
July 1, 2012, 1:47 pm

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