The Thrill of a No Hitter

July 27, 2010 | Marty Mossa

I don’t follow the Orioles, nor even Major League Baseball.  But how could any true sports fan not get excited over a no hitter.  Last night my wife and I were watching the summer reruns of Two and a Half Men.  As I usually do, I changed momentarily to MASN to check the Orioles score.  They were losing of course.  Luckily MASN announced that Matt Garza was pitching a no hitter through eight innings.   Tampa Bay’s 26-year-old right-hander faced 27 batters allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch.   It was the first no hitter in the Ray’s 13 year history.

When MASN announced that Garza had a no hitter through eight innings, I remembered that ESPN had the Rays and Tigers on their Monday Night Game.  I immediately turned the game on.  My wife and I cheered for Garza as if he were our son. 

It’s not every day you see a no hitter whether in person or on TV.  Personally I came close only once to witnessing a no hitter.  On June 26, 1983 at old Memorial Stadium (genuflect) Orioles right hander Storm Davis threw a no hitter through eight.  Unfortunately he gave up a lead off home run in the top of the ninth and fell apart.  Well I may not follow MLB, nor the Orioles, but as a sports fan, it was fun to watch.