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Zambrano’s No, No Turns Into A No-No

Posted by sportsmaven on September 18, 2008

If you were one of the 95,000 people who were at Miller Park on Sunday night, you witnessed an event 36 years in the waiting.  Actually, I know only 23,000 attended the game, but by today, 95,000 people will claim to have seen Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter in person.  The Sports Maven was there in person to witness the latest magical moment in the 2008 season for the Chicago Cubs and the place was rocking!  It sounded like 95,000 people were in attendance.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Hurricane Ike displaced Houston Astros were certainly there, although if you believe the reports, they were there physically, but their minds were in Houston and on their families.  Fair enough, but you had to play and due to the stubborn insistence from owner Drayton McLane, the Astros were forced to play in “Wrigley North” instead of a more neutral site in a not so favorable travel or scheduling situation.  No one to blame but Mr. McLane.

Now that the dust has settled from the Carlos Zambrano no-no, lets not overlook the dominance and historical significance of Big Z’s performance on this magical night:

  • 110 pitches, 73 strikes, 10 strikeouts
  • 8th Cubs no-hitter in history
  • 3rd Venezuelan to throw a no-hitter
  • 1st no-hitter in Miller Park history
  • 1st no hitter at a neutral site in major league history

Witnessing a no-hitter in person is nothing short of amazing.  Witnessing a Chicago Cubs no-hitter in person a year where the Cubs are breaking 70, 80, and 90 year old records is nothing short of spectacular.  Good things happen to those who believe, but great things happen to those who dare to dream….

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