Photo Video
Getty Images
Hide Caption
Prev
Cincinnati buzzing about no-hitter Homer Bailey jerseys hot item
Next

Tom Browning on Homer Bailey's second no-hitter: 'I'm proud of him'

a a a a
Share this story

CINCINNATI - Tom Browning was between double-header games with the Reds rookie affiliate Billings Mustangs when he heard the news about Homer Bailey.

"I said, ' Oh, oh, Homer must have pitched another no-hitter,' " Browning said, when he heard Bailey's name was popping up in social media.

Bailey pitched his first career no-hitter in September 2012, just 10 months ago, and that was the last time any pitcher threw a no-hitter in Major League Baseball.

Before Bailey, the last Reds pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Browning, and that was a perfect game in September 1988 - the only perfect game in Reds history. Browning, a member of the Reds Hall of Fame, is the pitching coach for Billings.

When another staff member confirmed Bailey's no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night, Browning said he immediately felt a deep sense of pride.

"He really had to learn on the job," Browning said. "And now he's turned into a man and is now a mainstay. He's taken it upon himself to grow up."

Browning also drew a comparison to one of Bailey's heroes.

"Knowing Homer, the longer he gets into his career the more and more he reminds me of Nolan Ryan," Browning said. "In pure Homer fashion, and Nolan fashion, the deeper in the game, the harder he was going. I know he finished strong. He's the type of guy to do that."

Looking at numbers from the game, Browning said Bailey truly started pouring it on in his pitches as the game progressed.

"He started blowing that fast ball up there."

As far as how Bailey may have felt after the no-hitter, Browning, who earned the title Mr. Perfect, said he knows the elation that follows.

"Well, I can't tell you what it feels like to do it the second time, but I can tell you what it feels like the first time," Browning joked. "I couldn't go to bed until 7 a.m."

Browning described the no-hitter as a true sense of accomplishment, a way to say he belonged in the majors.

"It was one of 300 starts for my career, but obviously my best one."

As for Bailey's two no-hitters, Browning said: "I'm proud of him most because I know Homer worked his butt off to be the guy I know he wanted to be."
 

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Reds News
4 hits, 6 steals take Reds past Pirates 5 - 2
4 hits, 6 steals take Reds past Pirates 5 - 2

Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the…

Reds add big moments to Wrigley's 100 years
Reds add big moments to Wrigley's 100 years

As baseball fans celebrated the 100 th birthday of Wrigley Field, three Reds greats must have been smiling.

What baseball team has the cheapest beer?
What baseball team has the cheapest beer?

With the summer heat coming, many baseball fans will be reaching for their favorite brew to keep cool. However, Cincinnati Reds fans may be…

Cueto, Reds ease by struggling Pirates 4-1
Cueto, Reds ease by struggling Pirates 4-1

Johnny Cueto tossed his second 3-hitter against Pittsburgh in a week and became the first Red to toss consecutive complete games since 2012.

Davis slam leads Pirates over Reds 6-5
Davis slam leads Pirates over Reds 6-5

Seeing Ike Davis hit a grand slam against the Reds Monday night was like deja vu all over again.

Reditorial Cartoon: Roller coaster first 3 weeks
Reditorial Cartoon: Roller coaster first 3 weeks

The highs, the lows, the "what the hecks?!" of being a Reds fan so far during the 2014 season.

Homer Bailey, Reds win again at Wrigley, 8-2
Homer Bailey, Reds win again at Wrigley, 8-2

Homer Bailey pitched six scoreless innings at friendly Wrigley Field for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and…

Cingrani, Reds struggle in 8-4 loss to Cubs
Cingrani, Reds struggle in 8-4 loss to Cubs

Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of…

Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1
Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1

Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17…

Phillips exits Reds' game because of back spasms
Phillips exits Reds' game because of back spasms

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs because of back spasms.