For the most dominant pitcher in baseball over the past four seasons, it was foolish to think that Kershaw would not accomplish the feat of a no-hitter at some point in his career. He has had dozens of games where he came close, several complete game shutouts and multiple double-digit strikeout games. Kershaw managed to strikeout 15 batters over the course of his first no-hitter.
Yes, his first no-hitter, but likely not his last. There are not many people in baseball for whom you can predict no-hitters, but Kershaw has the look of someone who could have several more over the next 10 years. The only blemish on the night took place in the 7th inning, in which shortstop Hanley Ramirez made an errant throw to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on a routine ground ball, which changed the title of the best pitching performance of the season from “Perfect” to “No-Hitter”. Only 12 of the recorded outs for the Dodgers were actually put in play. He did absolutely everything he needed to do to be perfect — no hits and no walks.
It is always nice to see greatness on the baseball field. But perhaps the greatest moment of the night came after the celebration when Kershaw began crying on the field with his teammates and moments later while hugging his wife. One could see in that moment the immense respect that Kershaw has for the greatest game on Earth, the love he has for the sport and how blessed he feels to be able to play every night.
It is guys like Kershaw who will continue to inspire the youth of the nation to be not only better athletes on the field, but better people off the field. MLB needs more players like Kershaw. Not because of his talent, but because of his love for the game. Despite the single error, Kershaw, for the game of baseball, was and continues to be perfect.
Zachary D’Argonne is a Denver Broncos Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ZacDargonne.
Kershaw is certainly capable of this every single time he takes the mound so make sure to get your Dodger tickets for the next time he climbs the hill.