Throwing a no-hitter is a rare occurrence. Throwing multiple no-hitters is even rarer.
After being the last major leaguer to record a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 28 of 2012, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey turned the trick again on Tuesday in a 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.
As a result, the 27-year-old became the 31st pitcher in MLB history to toss multiple no-hitters, joining boyhood idol Nolan Ryan, who totaled seven in his Hall of Fame career.
“Obviously being from Texas and what a legend he is,” Bailey told Joe Kay of the Associated Press. “To do it once is extra special. To do it twice – I don’t really have the words for it right now.”
He did have one word, though, and it wasn’t a very savory one, although hearing the f-word in a postgame interview is one of the few things that happens more infrequently than a no-hitter. And while I’m sure Bailey still had plenty of adrenaline pumping immediately following his dominant performance, I still can’t believe he used such language on live television.
Under such historic circumstances, however, I suppose I’ll give him a pass.
It remains to be seen whether Bailey keeps it up during his next start . Although he obviously shouldn’t be expected to do what he did on Tuesday again, what happened against the Giants could be the springboard towards turning a less-than-stellar first half of the season around.
Whatever happens, he better watch his tongue.