Adrian Johnson woke up this morning living an umpire’s worst nightmare: Everybody knows his name. It’s all over TV, all over the Internet, all over the newspaper.
Nobody knows an ump’s name when he gets the big call right, but Johnson got the big call wrong Friday night, and by doing so he turned New York Mets history into messy history. Johnson, stationed at third base, called “foul” when, in fact, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Carlos Beltran’s liner in the sixth inning was fair. Mets pitcher Johan Santana did not allow a hit before—or after—that, and thus threw the Mets' first no-hitter.