Toronto Mike

The Day I Saw A Near No-Hitter


Dustin McGowan pitching a no-hitter into the ninth yesterday reminded me of the final regular season game of the season, September 27, 1998.

I was sitting in aisle 120, row 20, seat 4, and the Jays were facing the Detroit Tigers.  A young Roy Halladay was on the mound and he was pitching a gem.  He entered the ninth inning with a no-hitter and retired the first two batters he faced.  I was going to witness the second no-hitter in franchise history.

I didn't.  In fact, there's yet to be a second no-hitter after Dave Stieb's in 1990.  Still, whenever I see a pitcher lose his no-hit bid in the ninth, I think about that September day at SkyDome when we were oh so close.

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