Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey Surprises With On-Screen Rarity After No-No

By Josh McKinney
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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.

Josh McKinney is an Atlanta Braves writer for Follow him on Twitter @SuperJMac32, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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