While we wait for his publicist to confirm or deny, let’s assume that Stevie Wonder was not thinking baseball when he penned his classic, “Superstition,” for Motown Records in 1972.
But he just as well might have been, because there can be no truer statement than the “when you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer” line; especially when it comes to baseball and superstition.
Unfortunately, there is no way to quantify the usefulness of most of this stuff. I mean, how are we going to compare the instances of a pitcher jumping over the chalk line to his ability to get guys out? Number of turned-around caps to actual comeback rallies resulting in victory? There’s just no way.
Wade Boggs was a great ball player; we’re talking .328-with-3010-hits-lifetime great. Ate a bleepload of chicken before games too. But did the fowl make a difference, and if so, how much? And you probably don’t want to get me started on the whole red underwear thing, and what that meant might’ve meant to his OBP.
So is it any wonder that Dodgers’ hurler Chris Capuano carried a no-hitter into the late innings at Miami Sunday and didn’t get the required 27 outs? Come on. How could he possibly, with the lamest of the lame superstitions in sports, if not all of humanity, starting him in the face.
Almost without exception, baseball players do not talk to a pitcher in the midst of a no-hit performance, and Los Angeles stuck to tradition yesterday. So there should have been no big surprise when Marlins’ shortstop Jose Reyes lined a sharp single to center in the seventh, leaving our man eight outs short of immortality. “Superstition ain’t the way, no, no, no.” Translation: No no-no for Capuano. A no-no? No. No no-no.
As best we can, let’s do the math. Beginning with Joe Borden in 1875 straight on through to Matt Cain’s perfect game June 13 in San Francisco, all told there have been 277 no-hitters thrown in major league history. That’s 277, out of what, hundreds of thousands of chances? A million ballgames, maybe.
And how many one-hitters, two-hitters, three-hitters have been recorded, in which the man had his gem broken up late, with nothing and no one to keep him company but what he can only hope are his heretofore untested nerves of steel? I’ll tell you how many. Oh, I’ll tell you how many. It’s incalculable is how many. That’s how many.
We’re talking countless masterpieces, literally thousands of them, all fallen by the wayside in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of games, each and every one of them with the poor schlub standing on the mound in virtual solitary confinement.
This silent treatmenting of pitchers during no-hitters has got to stop. Really, it simply must stop. Because clearly, it does not work. It doesn’t work. It does not work!
Look baseball, talk to the damn guy. He’s got a much better chance. “The writing’s on the wall,” OK. Talk to the pitcher. He’s your teammate, for Capuano’s sake. You want a no-hitter on your side of the ledger, talk to the damn guy! Your opponents are sitting in the other dugout with their caps on backwards , so increase your chances. Talk to the damn guy!!
Blanton did some era damage today. that's a good thing. with three bombs in hardly 4 innings. but I guess all you guys already knew all that. hehehe
not quite. I now see that D's go to Atlanta and the G's go to San Diego.
well, after that last inning, I no longer think they have another comeback in them. but it's ok. three of four works pretty damn good.
getting or has been for a while;
that's exactly why the blue
crew will bust it out on the bucs ...
I have a feeling they will. I really do. and it would just finish the bucs, not that that matters really.
as weird as this game has been, the boo hoo crew
NEEDS to pull this out & make a statement to the league;
nice pick off mc cutchen;
those locks were left leaning towards
second, before he even got back to the base.
i never saw the attraction of dreads;
they have to smell after a while ...
Howard Cole That's probably his back-up. Plus, many players fill multiple positions depending on your league.
DeathByYoungblood Howard Cole
you're absolutely right
there, my avatar friend;
( jones played enough of 3rd ( 10 games )
to qualify for both 1st / 3rd and the outfield.
what have i pleading for the
last few weeks howard ?
seattle to be sellers & the
blue crew gets king felix;
how perfect ....
larrydoby why would they trade that guy? they're sellers all year long anyway, but they have one great guy and they should just keep him.
there's never any rhythm or reason in being delusional
towards getting an equal to balance king kershaw;
I figured blanton would be bad, but not this bad. and I was just hoping he'd pitch well because he does in the well in second halfs. but I didn't really expect him to be any better than the minor leaguers they had going.
he should've. I was thinking the same thing. but they can't afford any injuries from fights or suspensions.
long inning for burnett to sit around. this is their chance to get back into it. and now that blanton's out, the bucs won't have another rally in them. let's get the sweep!
larrydoby Howard Cole Well, Jones was 1-13 vs Blanton (although it was a HR), but why did you drop him? He's been great over the past month.
DeathByYoungblood Howard Cole
i needed pitching;
so i dropped any most of the players that
i acquired on the waiver wire, to loaded up
on starters down the stretch for more wins .....
Lyons was right when he said it wasn't rocket science. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what a waste Blanton is.
DeathByYoungblood he'll go one more, maybe two, and hope to score a few more. entire pen is available. shouldn't be a problem getting the sweep.
this is still aj burnett, remember. I don't care what his numbers are this year, it's aj burnett. no reason dodgers shouldn't hit him for five or six.