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Johan Santana Receives Key To The City From Bloomberg Prior To Subway-Series Opener

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The Mets’ Johan Santana pitches in the first inning against the visiting Orioles on June 19, 2012. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) - Johan Santana received a ton of recognition from the sports world and swept the Tri-State area after tossing the first no-hitter in franchise history against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 1st.

But now the Mets’ left-handed starter received arguably the greatest honor that one can have bestowed upon him.

A Cy Young Award? Nope, the 33-year-old already has two of those.

How about a key to the greatest city in the world?

Check.

Prior to the opener of the second round of the Subway Series on Friday night, the four-time All-Star was presented with a key to New York City by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Citi Field.

The ceremony was at 6:30, though it didn’t take place on the field. Bloomberg granted Santana the gift in the Mets’ media room.

The 12-year MLB veteran has had some tough luck this season, but he’s still managed to be very effective for the National League Wild Card-leading Mets. Santana currently stands at 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 starts, recording 84 strikeouts to 28 walks.

How soon before R.A. Dickey gets a key to the city? Sound off with your thoughts and comments on this honor in the section below…