I have been a baseball fan for 50 years. During that time, I have attended what is probably close to 2,000 major league games, and, prior to the last game of the regular season this year, had never seen a no-hitter. For a die-hard baseball fan like myself, in describing the opportunity to be present when Jordan Zimmermann threw his no-hitter against the Miami Marlins, the word elation is insufficient. Like most Nationals fans, I headed into the National League Division Series believing that this team could win the World Series and believed that they were the most talented team in the post-season.
The week after the no-hitter provided excitement and agony simultaneously. I sat through all 18 innings of Game 2 of the NLDS, spending the last 9 innings trying to figure out why the Nationals manager had pulled the no-hit hero, Jordan Zimmermann, after retiring 20 straight batters and then issuing a walk that included two borderline pitches.
To see the Nationals lose the final game of the series on runs that were scored on an infield out, a walk, and a wild pitch was almost as frustrating.
Having gotten the no-hitter off of my personal baseball bucket list, the most important item that remains is seeing the Nationals play to the level of their ability, be managed correctly, and win a World Series.
In the meantime, I, like many area baseball fans, turn our attentions to the Baltimore Orioles who appear to be primed for a world championship run. Good luck to the Orioles and their fans, and, for my fellow Nationals fans, I can simply say, “WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR.”
Steven T. Blomberg
Image Credit: Michael Kuroda