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April 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm ET
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That Was Special

Pardon me if I’m just a little fired up tonight.  I also apologize in advance if this isn’t as eloquent as it should be.

What a night to be a baseball fan.   What a night to be a Colorado Rockies fan.

After the pulse rate returned to normal and my head was clear of all giddiness, I think this night has to rank as my third favorite baseball moment.

#1 will always be clinching that trip to the World Series… at least until they win one of those.

#2 is winning that crazy tiebreaker game, regardless of whether or not Holliday touched home plate.

And then tonight.

Ubaldo Jimenez.

What more can I say?  He’s the only pitcher we’ve had in Colorado that’s felt like a legit no-hit threat anytime he picks up a baseball.  He damn sure did it tonight in Atlanta, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s two or three more of those left in his incredibly special right arm.

Jimenez is just a different animal.  How many guys can work around six walks in the first five innings to survive into the ninth inning?  And how many guys can throw 97 mph on pitch #1 and 98 mph on pitch #125?  His first 80 pitches are like a light jog.  Everything after that is several levels nastier and more unhittable than most are at their very best.

Worst No-Hitter Ever?

Unfortunately the reality of his great performance is lost on a few people who feel entitled to criticize or downgrade someone’s accomplishment.  I guarantee you those same people saw nothing more than the final three outs of the game.

I was following the Twitter and kept reading idiotic tweets like this one from “stats geeks” saying this one wasn’t as special because he walked six, and he threw too many pitches, and he didn’t wash his hands one time as a kid before eating dinner.  It shouldn’t count the same as a 2-walk no-hitter or this and that.

You’re all very annoying people.  Go pound away at your calculators so we can have more useless stats to read that have nothing to do with winning baseball games.  Go do that for me, hand me an updated statsheet, and then I’ll tell you where to stuff said statsheet.

You’re right, it wasn’t perfect.  That’s why it’s called a no-hitter, not a perfect game.  He accomplished a feat very few have in the game’s history.  He walked six batters in the process.   Get over it.

And now I’m over that.  Just had to get it off my chest.

Now it’s time to tip back a refreshment and enjoy the moment.  Congratulation, Ubaldo.  You da man.

Check out my live coverage of tonight’s no-hitter on Heaven & Helton. You’ll notice as the game moves along that I was typing a lot less.  Pacing around an office for three innings will do that to you.

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