Mets to Appeal For Dickey’s No-Hitter
Geez, Mets, you get one no-hitter and now you think you deserve all of them? Unhappy that Matt Cain has stolen the spotlight with his own gem last night, the Mets are appealing the scoring decision that gave BJ Upton an infield single on a slow roller that David Wright was unable to corral. Not only is BJ Upton very fast, but David Wright would have needed to cleanly field the ball sans helpful leather ball-catching device and make a strong throw. Seems like a hit to me.
RA Dickey agrees, telling David Lennon:
“It would be weird. I don’t know if it would be quite as satisfying. I think the asterisk beside the no-hitter would get more attention than the no-hitter, you know?
“Plus, you’re not pitching the eighth, ninth inning with the pressure of a no-hitter going. It would be a little bit cheap. But, for the integrity of the game, I think it’s worthy of a review, just to make sure.”
That is also some hilariously great false modesty from Dickey. “I mean, sure, I think it would be silly to review the no-hitter, but you know, for the history of the game, and in no way inflating my ego, yes, they should review it. Just to be sure.” Of course, I could be projecting plenty of my own insecurities onto Dickey.
Though MLB isn’t expected to overturn the call, Dickey would be the first knuckleballer to throw a no-hitter since Phil Niekro managed it in 1973. And that would be worth celebrating.