Jimmy Bridges of Los Angeles ruined what should have been a special night for the Dodgers when he broke baseball’s most important unwritten rule Tuesday night. Dodgers ace pitcher Walker Buehler was in the midst of a no-hitter through 7 and two-thirds innings when Jimmy leaned over to his friend Doug sitting on the couch beside him and brought up that Buehler was working on a masterpiece.
“I was excited to see Walker having a great game,” Jimmy said, “And wanted to make sure my buddy Doug knew he was witnessing history.”
“I don’t get what the big deal is,” he went on to say. “It’s not like I can impact the game from home. That’s ridiculous.”
Jimmy’s friend Doug “Dougie” Chavez immediately realized what had happened, however, and urged him to take back his words.
Unfortunately, the damage had been done, and two pitches later Mallex Smith lined a ball up the middle for his first hit of the season to break up the no-hit bid.
“That’s baseball 101,” Dougie said. “He should have known better than to actually talk about the game we were watching. It’s embarrassing and I would like to apologize to the city of Los Angeles on Jim’s behalf.”
Indeed, vocalizing a no-hitter in progress breaks one of baseball’s most sacred unwritten rules, secondary only to flipping your bat and smiling on the field.
Bridges refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing whatsoever, stating, “You’re being stupid. It’s not like I gave up the hit. I was just having a good time with my friend. And how did you get into my house?”
Walker Buehler could not be reached for comment.