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Shortly after the Mets finished second without a hit in team history on Friday, Drew Smith spoke to his father, DeWayne, by phone from Texas. The two talked about how the game would be memorable – not just for the rest of Smith’s career, but for the rest of his life.

“I could hear the parental pride in his voice,” Smith said, “which was pretty cool.”

Elsewhere, Edwin Díaz sat up in bed with his wife, Nashaly Mercado, watching a replay of the ninth inning. Díaz, who closed the game without a hit at five with straight outs from Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto, called it “one of the best innings of my career.” Mercado had attended the game at Citi Field with his brothers, who filmed the finals on their phones. Watching these videos, as well as the replay of the game, Diaz and his wife reveled in seeing the accomplishment from a new perspective.

Each of the five Mets pitchers who participated in the no-hitter — Tylor Megill, Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Díaz — had different stories to tell about their experiences. These five may be forever linked in history, but that doesn’t mean they experienced it the same way.

Rodríguez and Lugo recalled watching Johan Santana’s 2012 no-hitter in the Citi Field players’ lounge earlier that day. SNY was broadcasting the game, as it often does, giving Rodríguez a chance to see it for the first time. Then he came out and provided three outs of his own no-hitter, calling it an “unreal” experience.

Lugo wasn’t sure he would enter the game, but once he did, he had plans to finish it. Coming in with one out in the eighth, the right-hander recorded two quick outs on just five pitches. When Lugo returned to the dugout, manager Buck Showalter told him he would pitch the ninth if the Mets scored more runs to eliminate the backup situation. But the Mets didn’t score, prompting Showalter to turn to Díaz.

In this way, it became a quintet – not a quartet – that made history. All five have signed a Hall of Fame requested baseball from the game. They also all received authenticated game balls which they plan to keep as souvenirs. Smith said he could ask the other four pitchers to sign his, and the players were allowed to keep other memorabilia, such as their jerseys and hats.

More than anything, the five pitchers will have their memories. In the hours after the no-hitter, Megill spent time talking to rotation mate Chris Bassitt, who praised him for clearing five innings without a hitter despite not presenting anything close. of his best swing and miss tricks. Smith and others spent hours scrolling through text messages and Instagram notifications, which numbered in the thousands.

“It was a special night,” Megill said. “I haven’t slept much, to say the least.”