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Watching History: Roy Halladay’s No-Hitter

I wanted to write about this yesterday, but my job at the television station doesn’t give me much free time at night (I usually work from 2:30pm-12am). I don’t care if anyone even reads this a day later…I’m still going to share my thoughts on Roy Halladay’s postseason no-hitter.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing cooler than watching history unfold before my eyes. That’s exactly what happened yesterday. We’ll see highlights from Halladay’s no-hitter for the rest of our lives. My kids (if I ever have any) will ask me about it when I’m older. My grandchildren (I need my own kids first) will probably even be curious about it. We all witnessed something special yesterday and I know I’ll never forget it.

I was actually watching the masterpiece while I was at work. That’s one of the perks of being a sportscaster…I get paid to watch games and then talk about them. We have a bunch of small televisions in the sports department, so a bunch of people gathered in my area to watch the final inning. It was fun to share the moment with many of my co-workers. We all got a little scared Halladay’s no-no was spoiled when Brandon Phillips’ soft bouncer got caught up on the bat (the crowd literally went silent when that happened), but catcher Carlos Ruiz made a great play to put a stamp on history.

Just in case you missed the game (and you have no idea what I’m talking about right now), click here to watch the highlights.

Halladay’s achievement is one of the rarest in baseball history. He’s only the second player in Major League Baseball history to throw a no-hitter during the playoffs. The other was New York Yankees hurler Don Larsen, who tossed a perfect game during the 1956 World Series. Halladay also became the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan to throw two no-hitters in the same season (Halladay tossed a perfect game in April) after yesterday’s gem. To show you just how rare that is as well, Ryan achieved that feat back in 1973.

As I’ve told you before, I love baseball. I was pretty irritated when I was watching SportsCenter while working out on an elliptical machine yesterday at the gym. The postseason was about to get underway, and all they talked about was the Randy Moss trade and Dewayne Wade’s hamstring injury. They didn’t mention a peep about the MLB playoffs until at least 35 minutes into the show. I thought that was terrible. When they finally started talking about baseball, Chris Berman shared his top plays of the regular season. He showed the perfect games (Halladay, Dallas Braden, and the should-have-been perfect game by Armando Galarraga) and Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter. The thought actually went through my head, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a no-hitter during the playoffs this year.” Poof! It happened! Thankfully, Halladay single-handidly shoved the postseason in everyone’s face. I’m guessing SportsCenter won’t wait 35 minutes before they talk about the playoffs again.

I know it was only a minor league baseball game, but I was in the stands as former big league hurler John Halama threw a perfect game for the Tacoma Rainers (the Seattle Mariners Triple-A affiliate) in 2001. That was cool, but there were only a couple thousand people in attendance. That wasn’t nearly the same magnitude of Halladay’s gem last night. I’ve been to several major events, including All-Star games, the Stanley Cup, NFL and MLB playoff games, the NCAA Tournament (among hundreds of other games), but I obviously couldn’t be in the seats for Halladay’s no-hitter. That’s where YouTube comes in! Thanks to some fan who wanted to watch history through his cell phone video camera, we have the ability to witness the no-no from a fan’s perspective. I recommend jumping ahead to the 4:00 mark:

It’s far from professional quality, but it gives you an idea of what it was like inside Citizens Bank Park. I think that’s pretty cool!

I would love to know what you think about Roy Halladay’s no-hitter. I would also love to hear how you witnessed history (where you were, what you were doing, etc.). You can leave a comment below, get in touch with me on Twitter @lewissports, connect with me on Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com. If you haven’t already, be sure to also check out some of my pictures on Flickr and my videos on YouTube as well.

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