Kind of sucks that I missed this one too, but it's whatever. Homer Bailey has thrown the two most recent No-Hitters in Major League Baseball, and this fact is freakin' rad.
Around 10pm (at least I believe it was around that time), my Mom stepped outside to inform me that Homer had just completed a no-hitter. I had been just relaxing with my buddy Alex outside, shooting the breeze without a care in the world. I gaped and looked at him dumbstruck. Now Alex isn't exactly a sports nut, but he understood the significance of what I'd just been told. I repeated it to myself several times... Well, more like several dozen times. "I missed ANOTHER Homer Bailey No-Hitter?" "Are you SERIOUS?" "WHAT? AGAIN?" "No Way." I would go on to check twitter in disbelief and would find verification from seemingly half of my twitter feed.
So not only had I missed this no-hitter, but I had missed his gem last year against Pittsburgh on the last day of the regular season. On that occasion I had been helping to cover a football game in Southeastern Ohio (Sheridan, Ohio a town full of football zealots). I remember receiving a text from a friend, and checking my feed during the fourth quarter of that game, and having that same sense of disbelief, having missed the only No-Hitter by a Reds pitcher in my lifetime.
Fast-foward nine months, and I am able to watch the first three innings of the game before going to McDonalds with a friend to get a Reese's McFlurry (which was quite nice. Ahh hell, who am I kidding, it was ORGASMIC, as most things that include Reese's are). Believe it or not, I had thought to myself something along the lines of "he has pretty good stuff tonight, I bet he could go fairly deep into this start without giving up a hit" but I hadn't envisioned this for him again!
Anyhoo, I sit here, typing this out as I've just watched the whole replay on FSN. I can't help but get chills hearing this crowd at the end. And after seeing that celebration, it really doesn't bother me that much that I missed it. At least at the moment that is. I was initially upset, but after watching that game, seeing the Redlegs ambush Bailey at the mound... Well, I just can't be mad. I can't be anything but happy. The whole time as they celebrated, a huge grin stretched across my face. I welled up a bit with cheers, seeing how much joy he had just brought to this city for a night. What would I even do if the Reds brought a World Series trophy to the Queen City?
I'm fairly stoked to say the least. At 2am. In my pinstripe baseball shorts. Reds win.