…or a perfect game.
(Inspired by Buchholz pitching a no-hitter tonight, of course. :D)
Let’s say you’re the batter for the opposing team. There are two outs, and you’re up to bat. Do you in any way “throw” the game and let the pitcher have his perfect game or even just a no hitter? Or do you feel that for him to earn it, he must face each batter with the batter actually trying to get on base? Does it make a difference if (in tonight’s case) you’re losing by ten runs, or maybe just by one run and you still have a decent chance of winning?
Me? Hard to say. While I do feel that the pitcher should legitimately face each batter, I would also feel REALLY bad if I was the guy to rob him of a no-hitter/perfect game. If it was tonight’s case, down by ten runs, no hope to win, with a rookie on the mound, no less, I might jsut let him have his moment in the sun.
If it were a 1-run game, then I’d try to get on base, though. Unless it was an aging pitcher and it was his last season, or something.