Not being able to watch Josh Beckett's no-hitter was bad enough, but for the most of Los Angeles to miss our homegrown hero's masterpiece is a disgrace.
I'll never forget Clayton Kershaw's historic, no-hit game! The excitement was building each inning as I received text messages from my brother in Tehachapi! (Thanks Magic Johnson and Dodgers ownership).
Kershaw missed a perfect game by one error. However, for those of us lucky enough to watch the game on TV and hear Vin Scully, it was a perfect game.
Having covered Nolan Ryan's 1973 no-hitter in which he struck out 17 batters, perhaps I may be able to offer some perspective to Steve Dilbeck's fine piece comparing Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter with other dominating pitching performances over the years.
Through seven innings that day in Detroit, Ryan had struck out 16 batters, which led to hopes he might not only pitch a no-hitter but set a single-game strikeout record as well. So when he finished the game with "only" 17 strikeouts, it was actually a disappointment.
Ryan's teammates may have been at least partly responsible for this as they batted around in a long top of the eighth and scored five runs he didn't need. Ryan's arm stiffened up during the delay and he lost a little off his fastball and struck out only one of the final six batters.
It should also be noted that it was Ryan's second no-hitter of the season — special credit to anyone who can name his two catchers — as he had blanked the Royals in Kansas City two months earlier. As for the four walks he issued in Detroit, well, Mickey Mantle struck out once in a while too.