Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"No-Hitter" at Comerica Park

Tonight Dan took Eli and Adam to a Tigers game, tickets courtesy of his law firm. I drove the kids down to meet Dan after work, and following a quick dinner at American Coney Dog on Lafayette, I dropped the boys off at Comerica Park:


At about 10 pm I was interrupted in the middle of watching Alias by a phone call from Dan, saying they were just getting on the freeway to come home. We had been worried the boys wouldn't make it through the whole game, but they did. Dan told me excitedly that tonight was a "no-hitter." "Oh, so nobody scored?" I asked, thinking what a boring game that must have been. No, he explained, the Tigers scored 4 runs. The Milwaukee Brewers, on the other hand, not only failed to score, but they didn't make a single hit. Interesting (not really).

Then Eli got on the phone and told me that tonight was a no-hitter. He sounded very excited. After we hung up, I went back downstairs. When they arrived an hour later, Dan was still talking about the no-hitter, trying to explain to me how rare it is. To emphasize the historic nature of this event, he told me to get on ESPN.com to see for myself. There it was, "Justin says...No-No," a story all about tonight's game, complete with picture of Detroit's pitcher, Justin Verlander, getting a big hug:


I went to The New York Times and there it was again, "Detroit's Verlander Pitches No-Hitter," with a picture of Justin Verlander throwing the ball:


Apparently, this is actually a big deal.

So, for our part in history, here is the picture Dan took of Eli & Adam after the game. On the scoreboard behind them, if you have bionic eyes (and you know what it says), you can read the following: "Tonight's No-Hitter by Justin Verlander is the first by a Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris on April 7, 1984 in Chicago."



Well, there it is. We're practically famous. Go Tigers.

11 comments:

Dan Richards said...

As you mentioned, the last no-hitter for the Tigers was in 1984. But the last time the Tigers had a no-hitter at home was May 15, 1952 when Virgil Trucks dominated the Washington Senators. In other words, a Tigers fan could have religiously attended every home game for 55 years and not have seen his or her team pull off a no-hitter. And Eli and Adam (and their dad) got lucky on what will probably be their only game this season. The 9th inning was electrifying, with the crowd on its feet and Verlander still throwing 100+ mph fastballs.

LL said...

Wow, how fun for the boys! :-) I know nothing about baseball. But Alias was my favorite show. :-)

Dad said...

That really is super! Great memory for Dan & the boys! Love, Dad PS By clicking on the picture of Adam & Eli and enlarging it I really could read the "no hitter" billboard sign.

snappy said...

How do you add a link in your blog. I am clueless. Help.
What a night to get tickets to a game. Awesome.

Carma said...

That is so great!!! Way to make history (or at least be there for it!)

aussiegirl said...

So cool! Though, I didn't know what a no-hitter was either. I would have thought that they (the Tigers) had "no hits" and therefore scored no runs. See, this is why I don't watch sports.

Jess said...

I'm so glad your boys were able to go (I include Dan in that) to such a great tigers game. Baseball games are so much fun! I can't wait until my boys are old enough that I can take them.

Jana said...

I fixed you link so that now I Can check yours everyday! :) Help me. I had no idea how addicting this blogging thing could be! :) Sounds like the boys had a super fun time. Jason is excited to do that with our boys.

Jenny said...

I agree! Blogging is the most addictive thing ever, but such a great way to keep in touch. I can't believe how old your boys look, and turning into such handsome ones! I just linked to your RS blog, and love it. I miss the Ann Arbor lessons. I still need to get my fill!

Brian, Natalie, & Kyrie said...

Wow... it looks like you guys are having tons of fun up there..... Hope all is well in A2..

Brian, Natalie, & Kyrie said...

Wow, looks like you guys are having tons of fun this summer. Your kids are all looking so grown up...