Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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If you happened to be watching baseball or surfing the world of social media last night, you quickly realized that history took place in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the second time in his career, Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Homer Bailey, threw his second career no-hitter as he defeated the San Francisco Giants, 3-0. He threw the last no-no of 2012 (September 28th at Pittsburgh) and now the first of 2013. Not only do I congratulate Bailey on joining the rare club of two no-hitters, but I also am a man that admits when he is wrong.
For the last few years, I have made it public knowledge that I essentially thought that Homer Bailey was crap. His first two seasons up in Cincinnati were far from excellent and he spent more time on the bus heading back to Louisville then he did on the pitchers mound. It wouldn’t have been an issue if it was just one season, but this started to become a common theme with the righty. The Reds gave Bailey chance after chance and with every good outing he seemed to follow it up with four bad ones. When I used to host a sports radio show at Otterbein University, I always let people know my displeasure for Homer Bailey. I’m not even a Reds fan and his horrific pitching bothered me so much that I continuously ranted about it on the airwaves. It was two seasons ago that I claimed that the best decision for the Cincinnati Reds was to cut Homer Bailey and let him become another organization’s headache. Once again folks, I was dead wrong.
Over the last season and a half, Bailey has been nothing fantastic going 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA in 2012 and is currently 5-6 with a 3.57 ERA in 2013. Those numbers may not be spectacular but what Homer has now shown us is that he is no longer just a fluke. There will always be guys like Dallas Braden, Bud Smith and Philip Humber that will have their particular ‘stuff’ working that day, along with a little help from the baseball gods. Until last night, I would’ve put Bailey in that category as well, but not anymore. After he pulled the rabbit out of the hat for the second time, he joined the likes of Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan, Justin Verlander and Randy Johnson. Homer Bailey may never be an ace, but at the ripe age of 27, he has joined a group of baseball’s elite and is no longer an ‘average’ pitcher.
We here at ‘Our Sports Report’ would like to congratulate Homer Bailey for his second career no-hitter, and I would like to personally admit that I was wrong about him. Bailey has proven that not only does he deserve a spot in Cincinnati, but a place in baseball history.