Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Alberta Baseball Confederacy: Anibal Sanchez!



This is the one highlight of my team's otherwise dismal season: Anibal Sanchez has thrown the first no-hitter in major league baseball since Randy Johnson's perfect game in 2004. Therefore, he has also thrown the first no-hitter in the history of the Alberta Baseball Confederacy. I even had him in my starting lineup, so it counts.

(My first reaction when I saw that he had pitched a no-hitter was, "great, I probably left him on the bench this week".)

Now, having had my moment in the sun, we can all resume our regular schedules.

12 Comments:

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

Beautiful. The sad part: "Announced attendance was 12,561, but the actual crowd was perhaps half that...There were perhaps 2,000 fans in the stands when the game began." (AP)

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

Meanwhile, the Italiani scored 47 points just from the CHA/BOS game...Contreras (25), Thome (12), Dye (6) and Konerko (4).

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

The sad part: the Red Sox traded him and Hanley Ramirez for Josh Beckett. That trade keeps looking worse and worse.

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

After clinching a playoff spot, my team has decided to nosedive. I'm hoping its a Rope-A-Dope, and I rebound when the title is on the line.

 
At 11:10 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

How can you not be happy with Lowell (fourth-highest batting VORP on the Sox)? And Beckett, for all his trouble, has been Boston's third-best starter this year and should crest 15 wins and 200 IP.

Betting on Anibel and Hanley to outperform those two would've been long odds. Hanley is exceeding his 90th percentile projection, and Sanchez is coming up on 75th percentile territory.

Finally, while this was great for Sanchez, who was the last rookie to throw a no-hitter? Bud Smith.

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Alex said...

You just had to bring that up. Way to ruin the moment.

Andy, Avi, which one of us is going to write the post that calls the BoSox front office on all of their poor personnel moves since winning the World Series.

I'd volunteer, but my post would probably be about 15,000 words.

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Hey! Bud Smith! I remember him. Wasn't he supposed to be the new Bud Black?

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Betting on Anibel and Hanley to outperform those two would've been long odds.

Ramirez was the Sox top prospect. They had been turning down trades for him forever. I admit that I was happy to get Beckett, and I've never said I was opposed. I just said it keeps looking worse and worse. Now the Willi Mo deal, I've always been against. The Sox could have used Cornrolla Arroya this year, although I'm sure Marty will trot out some VORP numbers to tell me how wrong I am.

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Mini Me said...

Umm is it me or was the last out really a hit? That runner was safe.

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger Alex said...

I watched the highlights on ESPN 360. It was close, but there's no way that the ump was giving the D-Backs that call unless it was blatantly obvious.

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

It's the camera angle that they used, I think, if you're talking about the shot that was from behind the runner and to the left. I thought and posted the same thing at Primer. Then I saw an angle from the right side and it was clear that he was out.

 
At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Colby Cosh said...

Aw, what? I can't believe dude actually had Anibal in the lineup. And until just this second I'd had no idea this was the last scoring period in the regular season. Emotionally, this ending pretty much sums up my season perfectly.

 

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