Saturday, June 9, 2012

Awesome night card, pt. 144


For the record, I'm not 100 percent sure that this is a night card.

Dennis Martinez does appear to be pitching underneath artificial light. It could be in the Astrodome, and Martinez's appearance in the Astrodome in 1987 was a night game. Or maybe it's the Vet, or Three Rivers, in which case it's definitely a night game.

But no matter. If it's determined not to be a night card, I'll just change the post title to "Should've Been a Night Card." I haven't done one of those in a long time.

Anyway, Martinez is here because as you know the Dodgers were no-hit last night. It happened in Seattle in an interleague game, so I don't think it really counts (Dee Gordon was safe, by the way). But I'm a big enough fan to admit when my team is no-hit and not ignore it.

Besides, the Dodgers have been no-hit so many times in their long history that it barely fazes me anymore.

Since 1900, the Dodgers have been no-hit 14 times. And they've come every which way.

Perfect game?

Three times. Dennis Martinez here. Don Larsen. Tom Browning.

World Series?

Don Larsen.

Second of back-to-back no-hitters?

Johnny Vander Meer

First night game in Ebbets Field history?

Johnny Vander Meer

Career record-breaking no-hitter?

Nolan Ryan

Six-pitcher no-hitter, three of whom you've never heard of and are not convinced they're actually major leaguers?

Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen

There was quite a while there when I held a grudge against pitchers who threw no-hitters against my team. I never liked John Candelaria, Martinez, Browning or even Ryan for a period. I've gotten over that, probably because the Dodgers have now been no-hit six times since I started following baseball. (I can't even remember Kent Mercker's no-hitter against L.A. in '94)

Martinez I still have a hard time with, only because the no-hitter occurred when I was on vacation, a thousand miles away from home, thoroughly enjoying myself, and then I had to hear about THAT. Way to ruin two weeks of bliss, El Presidente.

But really, it's no big deal.

You've seen the Dodgers lineup this year.

I can't believe it took so long.

(By the way, I was not working last night).

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Night Card Binder candidate: Dennis Martinez, 1988 Score, #601
Does it make the binder?: Probably not. First, I need to know that it really is a night card. Second, I need a second copy of the card.

5 comments:

  1. I was in a band called "Charlie Furbush".

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  2. Funny, it seems the Dodgers get no-hit when they're really good. ... in '81, '88, in the 50's. Seems odd. But it might be a good sign about your team's season ;-)

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  3. I can still remember the final out of Martinez's perfect game. I remember the Expos commentator saying, "El Presidente, El Perfecto". That line will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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  4. El Presidente!!! Love that card. Bleep the design, the picture is great.

    I was lucky enough to have breakfast with Dennis in Arlington once. He was quite a guy.

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  5. That sort of looks like Candlestick Park.

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