Almost 20 years later, I still remember that fateful night at Fenway Park when Mike Mussina nearly threw a perfect game against the Red Sox. Hell, I even blogged about it 10 years ago in one of the first FanPosts I ever did at Pinstripe Alley. I was not following baseball during the Yankees’ several no-hitters in the ‘90s, so this was the first time that I had ever cheered for someone to reach that magical milestone.
It, of course, was not meant to be. Big ol’ jerk store Carl Everett ruined it, and I had to wait two decades before I saw another Yankee carry a no-hitter into the ninth. I’ve watched countless live look-ins at other pitchers finishing off no-no’s, from the famous — Tim Lincecum, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw — to the completely obscure — Chris Heston, Philip Humber, and Spencer Turnbull just yesterday. It was never a Yankee, though.
This time, in the Year of the No-No, Corey Kluber got it done for the 12th no-hitter in franchise history. If you haven’t read Josh’s reflection on the no-no, please take a few minutes out of your day to do so. It was excellent.
On the site today, Andrés will discuss why it’s vital for Gleyber Torres to prove that his struggles are in the pats, and Dan will review the center fielders in the Yankees’ farm system. Later on, Cooper will provide a quarter pole check-in on Yankees in the AL award races. (Yes, we’re already past the first 25 percent of the season, if you can believe it!)
New York Yankees at Texas Rangers
Time: 2:05 p.m. EST
TV: YES, Bally Sports Southwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Venue: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
1. How did you celebrate Corey Kluber’s no-hitter?
2. Now that Spencer Turnbull and Wade Miley of all people have no-hitters, name a random starter who might as well be the next to notch one in 2021. (I swear, I had written this up as the prompt even before Kluber’s no-hitter.)