Thank you Carlos Zambrano for bringing good news to this bleak Monday.
It’s funny how something so simple-minded to many can bring happiness and hope.
Over the past week, we have been beaten up by crappy political mud slinging, devastating hurricanes, and and a horrible train crash (caused by text messaging ?). Just this morning our dull recessionish economy woke up to the news that two giants on Wall Street have taken a major fall. Lehman Brothers says it’s filing bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch will be sold to Bank of America. The changes will add to an all ready threatened U.S. financial reeling from woes at other major financial firms and mortgage financing titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
There is a ray of sunshine thanks to the boys of summer. Cubbie Carlos Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years. Zambrano just returned to the line up after being out with a sore rotator cuff. The Cubs shut down the Houston Astros 5-0. Ironically, the came had to be relocated because of Hurricane Ike which hit both Houston and Chicago with storm damage.
It’s been a long 36 years since the last Cubs no- hitter.
Burt Carlton Hooton was the last Cub pitcher to pitch a perfect game.It was his fourth game pitching for the Cubs when he pitched 4-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on April 16.
Kenneth Dale Holtzman was the only pitcher since the 1880s to throw 2 no-hitters for the Cubs.
On August 19th, 1969 against Atlanta (I was actually at this game!) and June 3rd, 1971 against Cincinnati, he pitched perfect.
FYI. A no-hitter occurs when a pitcher allows no hits during the entire course of a game, consisting of at least nine innings.
According to Baseball Reference, through August 30, 2008 there have been 386,916 MLB games played (this number includes games played in the National Association, the first major league which was in existance from 1871-1875). There have been 257 no hitters of nine innings or more thrown in MLB history. This averages out to one no hitter every 1505.5 games. This is the second MLB no hitter of the 2008 season.
As for Zambrano and the Cubs,
“I was feeling too good to do that,” Zambrano said with a smirk. “I saw Lou’s face. I said, ‘No, not today.'”I’m a little confused right now,” Zambrano said. “I still can’t believe it. It’s a great feeling, and it’s a feeling that you can’t describe. To throw a no-hitter is good, man. This is one of the few things in baseball that you most enjoy.”
“Carlos made it special for them and for us,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.
Thank you Carlos Zambrano for bringing a ray of sunshine to the people being taken down by the news and weather around them.