A nice Garza auto here,love the on the letter type autos.This is only one of two Garza autos I have,they are either too pricey or he is in a Twins uniform.
The real reason for this post is to talk about Matt's no hitter last night. Matt threw the Rays very first no hitter in franchise history,a great night for all Rays fans,made all the more exciting because as you all know the Rays have been perfectoed twice and no hit once in the last 12 months. The real point to this post is to reply to some of the comments and articles I have read in the last 24 hours.Most of the comments have been along the line of"well he only beat Cabrera plus the Mud Hens"or "well the Tigers were injury depleted". Ok,I won't deny that the Tigers were far from having their strongest lineup. So what? If you took a MLB starter and put them up against any Triple A line up I very much doubt any of them would throw a no hitter. Case in point,a few years ago I was in New England on vacation and was lucky enough to see the Pawtucket Red Sox play. Their starting pitcher that day was Curt Schilling on his last rehab start before going back to the Sox. Did Schilling pitch no hit innings?Did he shut down the other team? No he didn't,if I remember correctly he got tagged for a least four runs in five innings.I think we can all agree that Curt Schilling is a better pitcher than Garza is right now. So why didn't Schilling shut down his Triple A opponent? Simple,baseball is a bloody hard game to play.Triple A players are only one step away,they have a lot to prove. Do the detracters of Garza's no hitter think that the recent call ups gave away their outs? You would think they would be trying twice as hard so they have a chance to stay with the big club.If C C Sabathia had done this the boards and articles would have been filled with gushing praise and "all hail the Yankess"stuff.(You know who I'm talking about ESPN).
So in conclusion don't belittle something that ws a piece of Rays and Baseball history.celebrate it for what it was,a great pitching performance.