CINCINNATI - The day after Homer Bailey reached rarified air with his second no-hitter, a back-to-back feat of sorts no less, the sports world remains abuzz about the Reds pitcher.
Here is a quick roundup of what's popular on the Internet on Tuesday:
The Two-Way breaking news blog on National Public Radio broke down the quick thinking in the seventh inning by Joey Votto that preserved Bailey's no-hitter with the quirky "fielder's choice" rule.
In that inning it looked as if San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was going to ride a grounder to first with Gregor Blanco already on base after a walk, when Votto made his decision to save the day.
In this case, a couple things happened to save Bailey's night:
— Blanco tried to get to third. If he had just stayed where he was at second, Posey probably would have reached first thanks to a "hit."
— Votto quickly realized he had no play to make at first, and threw in time to get Blanco out.
Deadspin.com points out the interesting fact that for every time a major-league pitcher followed himself on the chronological no-hitter list (Bailey also threw baseball's last no-hitter in August), either the pitcher or catcher involved in those instances (there had been six) ended up enshrined in Cooperstown.
According to Deadspin , the consecutive no-hitter list also includes Addie Joss, Johnny Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds, Warren Spahn, and Nolan Ryan (twice). In the case of Vander Meer and Reynolds, it was their catchers in those no-hitter games, Ernie Lombardi and Yogi Berra, who made the Hall of Fame.
Other sports sites kept the focus on Bailey. As both the Associated Press, ESPN and The Bleacher Report point out, Bailey is drawing strong comparisons to Nolan Ryan.
In particular, the last pitcher to do what Bailey did Tuesday night - pitch the only two major-league no-hitters in a span of time - was in 1974-75 with Nolan Ryan. This isn't to mention that Ryan is a hero to Bailey.
Of course, for many Reds fans, Bailey is a Cincinnati Reds hero himself, drawing strong comparisons in the looks department to the last movie version of the Caped Crusader, Christian Bale.
What do you think of Bailey's historic no-hitter?
See a photo gallery of no-hitter highlights at http://www.wcpo.com/gallery/news/news_photo_gallery/Reds-Homer-Bailey-tosses-second-no-hitter
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