Whenever a rookie pitcher throws a no-no it is something very special! A former colleague, neighbor and friend (retired Ambassador Maurice Parker) sent me this a couple of days ago:
“I’ve been watching this kid, Chris Heston, all year and his pitching has been inconsistent. The Giants brought him up from the minors, due to Matt Cain’s ongoing assignment to the DL. He had very big shoes to fill, but is starting to fill them just fine! He pitched a masterful game on Tuesday night. I also have to give Buster Posey a lot of credit for guiding him through it. This is the fourth No/No Buster has caught in the past four years! Buster and Chris Heston really synchronized their actions out there on the field. One incredible aspect of the game was that the Giants were playing the First Place METS in New York. The other three No Hitters that Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum pitched in the past few years were against the pitiful Astros and Padres. Thus, Heston’s no hitter is quite special. Let’s hope he can keep it up!
The local SF Radio announcers who interviewed Heston after the game suggested that he go into the locker room and tell Madison Bumgardner (Mr. World Series MVP) that he would be happy to show him how to throw a no hitter. Well, the kid seemed afraid to do so. Can you imagine what Mad Bum would have done to him????? If Heston can become more consistent, this could turn out to be a very good year.”
Keep your eyes on the Giants. This could be their chance to show us they can win it all in an odd-numbered year:)