NEW YORK -- Mike Baxter was walking, minding his own business in Bayside, Queens, earlier this week when a stranger called out to him: "Hey man, nice catch!"
It seems Baxter has garnered a bit of celebrity since making the catch that preserved Johan Santana's no-hitter last Friday at Citi Field. A once-anonymous outfielder who broke camp with the Mets as a fifth outfielder, the Queens native has become quite popular with the team's local fan base over the past week.
Of course, the catch also cost Baxter his health, displacing his right collarbone and shelving him for approximately six weeks. The outfielder returned to the clubhouse Friday to catch up with teammates and spend some time away from his apartment, where doctors have prevented him from doing any sort of physical activity.
As for the sudden fame, Baxter said, "It's died down a little bit." But his place in franchise history remains.