…for throwing a no-hitter in his thirteenth career start!
I’ve rolled thousands of games on the tabletop, but still have never had a no-hitter. For those of you lucky enough to have experienced that ephemeral joy, who was the most unlikely pitcher to have thrown one for you?
I’ve had Juan Marichal and Mike Mussina take no-hitters to the bottom of the ninth, and I’ve had lesser pitchers like Hal Smith of the 1934 Pirates and Jerome Williams of the 2005 Cubs take no-nos late into games, too. I have to admit, I really hope that when (if) it ever happens for me, that it’s someone special on the mound, as opposed to some pedestrian back-of-the-rotation guy.
That said, maybe one day I’ll be rolling a game on a Strat card something like twenty-seven-year-old rookie Chris Heston‘s. Maybe every roll of the dice will fall in between the big hit numbers. Maybe with two out in the bottom of the ninth I’ll roll a 1-4 on a player with a two-column card.
Or maybe it will be an APBA card, and my DX pitcher will roll nothing but thirty-twos, twelves, and sixty-fives. Maybe with a runner on 2nd and two out in the ninth, I’ll roll a 56-13 and celebrate into the night.
Congrats to Chris Heston for rolling twelves all night and for finishing it off with that 56-13. Somebody save that scorecard.