Most of the time, when the Mets aren't batting, fans take their food breaks or phone breaks or bathroom breaks. Let's face it- when the Mets aren't hitting, it's not quite as fun to watch the game...unless, that is, a great pitcher is on the mound- someone like Johan Santana!!!
There have been a handful of pitchers who, if they were on the mound that day, all "business" had to be taken care of either before or after the game - Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, David Cone and Pedro Martinez being the only ones...that is, until this season!!!
When Johan pitches, it's even more exciting then watching the Mets bat!!! Remember- the majority of the good/great Mets' teams were based on great pitching and excellent defense, so growing up, we had a different appreciation for those aspects of the game. Since 1994, at least, when the home run has really reigned supreme, great pitching has taken a back seat to great hitting. With the Mets, we have 2 (Santana & Pedro) and possibly 3 (Maine) who you don't want to miss even one pitch when it's their turn. Makes for an even more exciting season, and I don't want to THINK about what this team would have been like if we didn't acquire Santana!!!