No-Hit Me Baby One More Time
| Evan Saacks
New York Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber pulled off one of baseball's most impressive feats Wednesday night—he threw a no-hitter! This monumental achievement was completed for the first time since... the night before. But the last time it happened before that was... 11 days earlier. The last one before that was two days earlier.
So far the 2021 MLB season has seen six (seven if you count Madison Bumgarner doing it in a seven-inning game) no-hitters. The most ever in the modern era was seven. Eight were thrown in 1884. In less than two months we are about to tie both of these.
This has caused quite a stir among baseball fans. For many, the constant no-hitters makes each one less exciting. I understand this position. I felt similarly when Disney released a Star Wars movie in five consecutive years from 2015-19. It didn't feel like an event to see a Star War anymore and lost some of the magic.
But while it may lose magic for some baseball fans, there's some it will never lose magic for—the players. Look at these guys. Do you think it means any less to them because Spencer Turnbull threw one the night before?
🚨🚨 Corey Kluber just pitched a NO-HITTER ❗️❗️ Yankees Win 2-0 🚨🚨
The Klubot just pitched the 11th regular season No-Hitter in Yankee franchise history. #YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/FtjdiOblKe — YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 20, 2021
The magic of the no-hitter is the relief that it's complete. Once you get through five or six innings, everyone starts to look around at each other, refusing to acknowledge what's happening out of fear of the dreaded jinx. Because we all remember the no-hitters, but we quickly forget the almosts.
No hitter no mo'.
J.P. Crawford ends Plesac's no hitter in the bottom of the 8th.pic.twitter.com/4kRcvzCUH2 — The Game Day MLB (@TheGameDayMLB) May 14, 2021
While the single season no hitter record will probably be shattered, the mythos of the feat is just as present as ever. IF we ever get to a point where no-hitters aren't special anymore, then maybe we need some new bats.