Monday, May 19, 2008
Why is it that every time a Boston Red Sox pitcher throws a no-hitter I'm out of the city? I was in Salisbury, Massachusetts when Clay Buchholz threw his no-no against the Baltimore Orioles last September. At least I saw that one on TV. It was the first no-hitter I ever saw from start to finish. Tonight, I am in New York City on a week's vacation. After returning from an evening of poetry in the East Village, my Dad & I turn on the TV to discover that Jon Lester has thrown one this evening against the Kansas City Royals en route to a 7-0 victory. I saw Lester pitch at Fenway last month against the Los Angeles Angels and he wasn't very sharp. But he would pitch a one-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in his following start although he got a no decision out of it. Aside from winning the deciding game in the 2007 World Series, this is the highlight of his career. A year ago he was on his to coming back from lymphoma. What a year he has had since. It is also worth noting this is the 4th no-hitter Jason Varitek has caught in his career which sets the modern Major League record. Varitek caught Buccholz's no-hitter in 2007 as well as Hideo Nomo's no-no against Baltimore in 2001 and Derek Lowe's no-hitter against Tampa Bay in 2002. It would be nice to be around for these things but I'm not complaining too much. I am going to Yankee Stadium tomorrow night to see the Yankees play the Orioles. Mike Mussina (who once came within an out of pitching a perfect game against the Red Sox in 2001) faces off against Daniel Cabrera. I will be wearing my Red Sox cap at what is probably my last chance to see Yankee Stadium.
Posted by Aaron Goldstein at Monday, May 19, 2008