|Those Sports Guys||
First playoff appearance of a long career, no big deal. One of the strongest hitting lineups in your league, so what. Well not for you Mr. Roy Halladay at least. You became only the second man in baseball history to not allow a hit in a post season game. This just solidifies your place in the hall. You were the guy who had done basically all a pitcher could do before this year. 3 20+ win seasons, 1 (soon to be 2) Cy Young Award, and 5 All star Appearance. In May, you checked off the ultimate goal of any pitcher, A perfect game. So what do you do when gets to make his first career playoff start, he makes history. A no-hitter is news regardless, in the playoffs its unheard of. But just doing it was just not enough for you. No, You did it with a class and performance that made pitching less of an action and more of an art form. You needed a minuscule 104 pitches to send 27 batters back to the dugout empty handed, only one batter was able to scratch out a walk against you. Contrary to the Reds belief, you didn't need the help of the umpires to get there (the Marlins may have a case but thats another story all together). And unlike most No-Hit bids, you didn't need several outstanding defensive plays to bale you out. No you did it the old-fashioned way, throwing strikes and getting hitters to hit your pitch. You did what every coach from little league to the show preaches... you got threw strikes! (79 of them to be exact) You were ahead in the count to 17 of the first 18 hitters and 25 of the 28. The only flaw in your incredible night was the fact you failed to catch Carlos Ruiz as he jumped into your arms like Don Larson did to Yogi Berra. But regardless my hats off to you Mr. Halladay for making baseball history and showing all the haters why you are truly a great pitcher.