On July 2 I picked up the Cincinnati Reds telecast in the top of the seventh inning and saw Reds’ pitcher Homer Bailey was concocting another masterful performance. As I rode out each call by Thom Brennaman, it made me think back to my senior year at Marion Pleasant High School when I too, tossed a no-no.
In fact, every no-hitter that I have seen since I threw that one over twenty years ago does that to me. I think partly it is that I feel a little bit like we are in our own fraternity. No, I’m not placing myself with Major Leaguers, but being a part of a small group of the population who knows what it feels like to actually throw a no-hitter.
Many have said that “luck occurs when preparation and opportunity meet.” Many have also said that luck comes with the territory of success. Of course, skill must be involved, and also coincidence and fate may play a factor as well. Regardless, everything was working in order on that May 18. [Read more…]