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Sports Superstitions No-Hitter Silence
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The first rule of pitching a no-hitter is that you DO NOT talk about pitching a no-hitter.
The second rule of pitching a no-hitter is that you DO NOT talk about pitching a no-hitter!
Among baseball fans and players, silence during a potential no-hitter is like a sixth sense. Apparently, the mere mention of of the word "no-hitter" is more than enough to immediately stop it in its tracks.
It's a difficult thing for non-baseball people to understand, but I think this 1996 article from the Los Angeles Times really does it justice. Here's an excerpt:
Seconds before Trosper delivered the first pitch to Herrera, Stockton made a most-untimely utterance.
"He said, 'Guys, Tanner has a no-hitter!' " Trosper said. "Everyone was like 'Shut up, Ricky!' "
No sooner had the words left Stockton's lips than the ball left Herrera's bat. Reaching for an outside fastball, Herrera poked a triple to right field.
"I had that feeling like, 'Oh, no. He's gonna get a hit,' " Trosper said.
Trosper retired the side to salvage the shutout. But he missed out on every pitcher's dream.
He missed out on his dream all because some jagoff talked about pitching a no-hitter. Your parents were wrong—words do hurt.