No-Hitter Etiquette, Pandemic Baseball

Bert Blyleven Made Jim Sundberg Very Nervous

In lieu of actual baseball, I’ll be posting snippets that were cut from The Baseball Codes as a way of amusing myself and, hopefully, you. Today’s theme: Talking during a no-hitter.

Bert Blyleven: “When I pitched my no-hitter in Anaheim, it was about the seventh inning and I hadn’t given up a hit yet. I was sitting there between the seventh and eighth inning, near my catcher, Jim Sundberg.

“I looked over at the scoreboard and said, ‘Jimmy, you know we got a no-hitter going?’ He just got up and walked away. Wouldn’t even talk to me. I don’t know why. I thought it was kind of funny. It kind of relaxed me a little bit, but it made Jimmy very nervous.

“I thought I had friends on a team until I got to a situation like that. I had numerous no-hitters that went into the sixth, seventh, eighth inning, and yeah—they leave you pretty much alone. But you know it. That’s just the way it is.”

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