The Ghost of Dave Stieb Strikes Again
Considering how many times this season the Blue Jays pitching staff have been to throwing no-hitters this year, you’d think Sportsnet would take every precautionary measure to keep it in tact during their broadcast.
Here’s the situation: Shaun Marcum has a no-hitter through six innnings and is coming back out for the seventh inning. Just as Marcum is getting ready to face off against Conor Jackson, Sportsnet flashes an image of Dave Stieb promoting the Dave Stieb bobblehead giveaway day on August 29th.
Immediately following that that graphic, Marcum gives up a first pitch solo home run to Jackson which broke the no-hit bid. Was it a coincidence, or was it a case of the Dave Stieb ghost striking once again?
Of course, this is all said with tongue-in-cheek because ultimately a pitcher is in control of their own destiny and isn’t subject to ghosts or spirits of Blue Jays past.
That being said, there are just some things you just should not do over the course of a no-hit bid.
Shaun Marcum could have easily been rattled by that home run in the seventh, but he settled down and retired the final nine batters in order to pick up the first complete game of his career.
It may not have been a no-hitter, but a one-hit complete game victory isn’t too shabby either. I’m sure even the ghost of Dave Stieb would approve.