The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal is running an interesting piece on the lack of no-hitters in baseball these days. In the feature, Billy Wagner talks about the June 2003 “no-hitter” against the Yankees:
“It was probably the most exciting moment of my career,” said Wagner, now the Phillies closer. “It was my only appearance against the Yankees, and it finished off a no-hitter. We knew we had done something special.”
I must confess that, for a long time, I took pride (as a Yankees fan) that no one ever threw a no-hitter against the Yankees in my lifetime (which is a long time, as I was born in late 1962).
And, I still take pride in that – because I just cannot consider a six-man “effort” as the same as one pitcher shutting down a team for 9 innings.
Yes, they were held hitless that day. But, no “pitcher” (note, singular) has thrown a no-hitter against them since Hoyt Wilhelm did it in 1958.
Sorry Yankee-haters, it’s still 47 years and counting in my book.