There were 2 potential no-hitters tonight in Major League Baseball. As many of you already know, I am not a fan of ESPN and have not listened to ESPN radio since the infamous Shrutebag incident, and rarely watch ESPN unless I have absolutly have to. With the Mets playing the Cubs, tonight was one of those nights. I had heard about the no-no Jason Bergmann of the Washington Nationals had going on during my drive home. When I got home, I pulled up the gameday screen found at mlb.com because I wanted to keep my eye on the potential history taking place tonight at our Nation's capital. Sure enough as the Mets game went to commercial between the 7th and 8th inning, ESPN decided to head back to the studio for an update. Studio host Matt something or other told us about the no-no and said we're gonna head over there to bonus coverage. 2 pitches later.... HOME RUN Brian McCann. 1 down.
Later in the night, I'm checking scores on mlb.com and as the screen flips to show me what's happening in the Padres/Reds game, I noticed that thru 4, Greg Maddux is pitching a no-no. Me being one of those guys that likes seeing things that rarely happen, I log on to mlb.tv and start watching. Again, ESPN is on in the background (commercial in the NBA game), and I catch Sportscenter doing a bit on Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux. They mention how all 3 are pitching tonight and proceed to show highlights of the Braves game and the Mets game. After the Mets hightlights, Stu Scott says the following: (paraphrased)
"Speaking of Greg Maddux, (as the box score pops up) He has a perfect game going through 5. Maddux has twice had a perfect game going through 5 in his career... both times he lost them in the 6th"
No more than 5 minutes later, with 2 outs in the 6th, Javier Valentine ripped a double over Brian Giles head in right field to break up the no-no and the perfect game all with one swing.
The Worldwide Leader my friends... goes 2 for 2 tonight in the jinx department. I'm guessing they had something to do with the 2 no hitters that almost happened yesterday also.
editors note: I really don't believe in jinx's, I just think it's fun to hate ESPN.