No-hitters are a weird thing. As a baseball fan I know there are certain unwritten rules that surround the hallowed no-no. When a pitcher is working toward a no-hitter his teammates know to stay away. Get through 5 innings of perfection and you suddenly become a dugout pariah.
Yesterday Dustin McGowan had a no-hitter going in the 8th inning when The Mighty MJD, weekend editor at Deadspin posted the update of said no-hitter. A short while later (with one out in the 9th) it was broken up. Here’s how MJD started the post:
I don't know if it's possible to jinx these things with blog posts, but I'm going to go ahead and risk it: Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan has a no-hitter going through 8 innings. Just one walk allowed, too.
Pretty damn ominous right? If that’s not a plea for a bloop single, I don’t know what is.
Just a month ago Awful Officiating put up a story about how ESPN had jinxed two no-hitters in one day by either cutting to the game or saying the words, “perfect game.” Hubris in the sporting world.
Well, Deadspin is a pretty big sporting entity. I’m going to make a ruling here this morning because Bill Simmons is busy planning his next trip to Vegas. Blogs have to stay away from no-hitters because like a black cat or a Sports Illustrated cover shoot, it is a jinx. (Wait. Black cats are bad luck. Is that the same as a jinx? I’m confused.)
Anyway, we need to put a stop to this because if it happens to a Marlin, there’s going to be trouble. I think sports (or any other type) bloggers need to stay away from “breaking” no-hitter-news until after the game. We’re still dealing in a fairly young and developing alcove (Good word – here’s a shiny nickel!) of the sports reporting world and Deadspin is at the forefront.
Also, if you’re live blogging the game try to use the same resolve that an announcer would – not that we’re set on those rules either. Baseball is an extremely superstitious sport and the bloggers must follow suite. If you’re going to live-blog a game, be ready to put your hat on inside out and do whatever else baseball players do for good luck. (Chew sunflower seeds, rub Don Zimmer’s belly, sexually harass Harold Reynolds…whatever)
Just be careful out there bloggers, you don’t want to be the reason mom and dad are fighting.
Bleditor's (Like an Editor, but for a Blog - get it?) Note: As Parkes, from Drunk Jays Fans pointed out there was only none outs in the ninth when Baker broke up the no-hitter Sunday. It was also pointed out to me that Deadspin referred to the site as Cousings of Ron Mexico. We'll deal with that later.