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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: During the ninth inning of Homer Bailey’s no-hitter, the announcers were yapping away about it. What happened to not talking about a no-hitter after five innings? — CRAIG, FAIRBORN
A: While they still don’t talk about it in the dugout so as not to jinx the pitcher, that is not the case in the booth and press box. It is called informing the listeners, especially those who have tuned in late. Heck, if a pitcher has a no-hitter after three innings in the press box, there is a pool formed (just a dollar each) and participants draw names as to which batter will break it up. Not talking about no-hitters is one of those ‘unwritten rules’ that are not observed in the press box. And it certainly didn’t bother Bailey, did it. Twice.