Last night, my friend kept getting mobile alerts sent to his phone. While many were womens basketball updates he ignored, one of thoe messages that came through said Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a perfect game through 6 innings. A few minutes later, another text saying he was perfect through seven, then perfect through eight. Excited, we changed the channel to the MLB Network hoping they would cut away from the current game and give us a live look in. When the 9th started, MLB Network did just that and took the viewers to a live look in. My friend and I were very excited to see some history, especially this early in the season. Darvish got the first two batters out with ease. This was it, Darvish was going to do it. Before the last batter, my friend decides to say “Imagine if he blows it here.” I looked over at him angrily, as I hate when people jinx stuff. What happens? Houston Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez (who?) slaps the first pitch he sees from Darvish right between his legs and up the middle for a single. Perfect game over. I looked over at my friend and just called him a jinx. While I was bummed not to see history, I am sure we will see one or two perfect games this season, and the Houston Astros are the team that will definitely give a pitcher his chance at perfection.
Yu’s teammates congratulate him on an excellent pitched game after blowing the perfect game. He threw 8 2/3 of perfect baseball and struck out a career high 14 batters. Darvish handled blowing perfection with a smile and good sportsmanship.