I guess until the Giants season is over, which alas may be sooner than I hoped after last night's disaster, I may have trouble keeping to schedule for Friday Baseball Posts. At any rate...
I didn't have anything to say about the game last night, and I think I'll stick with that for now. Instead, I'll make what I'm afraid may be a trite observation about baseball in the wake of Roy Halliday's no-hitter. To begin with, everyone knows that baseball is far more aware of its history than pretty much every other sport. Indeed, it often gets silly...I mean, practically everything about "postseason records" is pretty foolish, and as far as I can tell it's getting more and more out of control. Did it really add much for me to find out that Matt Cain had the first Giants pitcher postseason RBI since Johnny Antonelli in 1954? Hmmm...well, actually, I always like thinking about Antonelli, but I've got to be in the minority, even for Giants fans.
I'm getting off the point here, which has to do with no-hitters, triple plays, hitting for the cycle, and other such single-game wonders. Even leaving history out of it -- isn't baseball unusual in that? I can't really think of anything like it in basketball, soccer, or football. Can you? A hat trick in hockey is sort of along the same lines, but not quite, I don't think. Golf has one: the hole-in-one. Tennis? I don't think so. And yet baseball seems to have lots of them. I might put three or four HR games on the list. I'd definitely include a straight steal of home, although that wasn't true when they were more common, long ago. It's not a one game thing, but hitting streaks (or for pitchers, scoreless streaks, or no-hit or perfect inning streaks) are at least in the neighborhood. How about switch-hitters homering from both sides in a game? Oh, thought of another one: four strikeouts in an inning.
I'm not sure why baseball seems to generate so many of these while they're rare or non-existent in other sports, but it sure does. Perhaps it's part of baseball's setting within history (as I hinted, these things are more "wow" when they're rare), but I really don't think that's all of it. Am I missing some in other sports?