Saturday, September 29, 2012

Video: Homer Bailey's no-hitter started without a catcher

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey made baseball history Friday night by tossing a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-hander dazzled all evening long by striking out 10 and coming within one walk of a perfect game.

But with that being said, Bailey's outing didn't get off to the best of starts. That's because he had nobody to throw to when he took the mound for the bottom of the first inning. Bailey must have known he was in for something special though, because he wasted no time in motioning toward the dugout for a catcher.

Luckily backup catcher Dioner Navarro trotted out and offered him a target for warmups, but it remains a mystery as to where starter Ryan Hanigan was at the time. He wasn't due up to bat for another three hitters when Jay Bruce made the last out in the top of the inning, so he can't blame his absence on that.

Perhaps he was giving one final glance at the scouting reports before he took his position. I would say the move paid off if that was indeed the case.

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