Gavin Cecchini went to New York for a pre-draft workout and wound up a witness to one of the greatest nights in Mets history.
The high school shortstop from Louisiana, drafted No. 12 overall by the Mets on Monday night, worked out for the team Friday at Citi Field. Later that night, he watched from a suite at the ballpark as Johan Santana pitched the franchise's first no-hitter.
''It was unbelievable,'' Cecchini said on a conference call. ''The place was rocking. It really was an awesome thing.''
Mets fans waited 51 seasons to see their team toss a no-hitter, and only 27,069 were in the stands for Santana's gem.
This charmed kid shows up from the Bayou and hits a home run on his first swing.
Cecchini stayed in the area and attended the draft Monday at MLB Network studios. He said a friend he brought to the game Friday told a Mets scout they should pick Cecchini because he must be good luck.
That's exactly what the team did, and by Monday evening, Cecchini was wearing a Mets ca...