On Friday night, Down Under, in the future, David Welch of the Sydney Blue Sox pitched the game of his life: A playoff no-hitter of the Adelaide Bite. It was the reincarnated Australian Baseball League’s first no-no, and Welch, a Sydney native himself, did it in front of his hometown fans. All 1,162 of them.
Welch struck out 10 and walked three. He was, as the kids say, “in the zone.” And, believe it or not, it was the third no-hitter Welch, 27-years-old, has been a part of. He combined with another Aussie, Simon Beresford, and two other pitchers, on a no-hitter for the Helena Brewers back in 2005, and in June, 2007, Welch threw a seven-inning no-hitter for the Huntsville Stars.
That’s a lot of no-hitters, yo.
It’s my dream, as a fan of the majestic game of baseball, to witness a no-hitter. Live and in living color. Which means I’m going to have to travel far and wide and watch David Welch pitch. He is the chosen one.
Tell me, have you ever been witness to a no-hitter? Or a perfect game? Were you in Florida when Roy Halladay achieved perfection? (Probably not, seeing as the game was in Florida, but it’s worth a shot.) What about in Philadelphia, when Doc no-hit the Reds? In the playoffs. Tell me what it was like. Regale me with tales of how you felt, and who you shared the moment with, and what the atmosphere was like when that final, fateful out was made.
And, finally, well, just because:
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