In sports, there are a few events that a fan will only see once in their lifetime. I am sure I won’t see anybody break Cal Ripken’s consecutive games played record. I won’t see anybody win a U.S. Open by 15 shots like Tiger Woods did. I won’t see anybody win 8 gold medals at one Olympics like Michael Phelps. These things might happen again; I’m just saying I won’t see it again in my lifetime. On October 6th 2010, one of these phenomenal, once in a lifetime events transpired. Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies threw a no-hitter in the playoffs.
Roy Halladay did this against a team, the Cincinnati Reds, which had the fourth highest batting average in all of baseball for the season! Not just the National League, all of baseball. They had a higher batting average than the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox! He shut down a potent offense that also scored the fourth most runs and hit the fourth most homeruns. Also, this is the playoffs! Nobody throws no- hitters in the playoffs!
Well, one person has. Don Larson threw a perfect game in 1957, in the World Series. I was not alive for that but I assume it was incredible. I know what Halladay did was not in the World Series, but it should not diminish this accomplishment in any way. I have nothing vested in either the Phillies or the Reds as a fan and my palms were sweating for the final six outs.
I was being selfish. I was rooting to see history. I wanted to tell my kids that I got to see a no-hitter in the postseason once. I want to use the game as a bedtime story to my future son on the eve of his first postseason game. If it is a day game, I will call him off of school sick so we can watch the game together. We can root for a no-hitter together. After each time a no-hitter is broken up, I will say to my son, “It’s ok. It will happen once in your lifetime.”
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