There have been three perfect games this season, but only 23 in baseball history. It’s a feat that takes great focus and talent -- and maybe also a little superstition? Should players, announcers and fans mention a perfect game (or any no-hitter) in progress? We debate, you decide ...
Baseball is a game of superstitions. Whether it's a hop over the foul line, a special bracelet or an exhaustive pre-batting routine, America's pastime has been chock full of rituals – both fun and timeless – since before ivy poked through the wall at Wrigley Field.
And perfect game superstitions are just as important. Who doesn't like seeing a pitcher walk off the mound after seven perfect frames to sit by himself in the dugout -- undisturbed by any praise or encouragement. It's not only great to watch on TV, but reminds us that baseball is an old-school game of unwritten rules and jinxes.
For announcers, refusing to mention a no-no in progress is a way to bring the fans in on baseball's superstitious nature and quirky traditions. Yes, it can be difficult for broadcasters to stay true to their duty of informing the fans about the game.
But it is possible. The Angels' announcers pulled it off during Jered Weaver's no-no earlier this year, and veteran Padres play-by-play man Dick Enberg has been quoted saying that, "You can tell the story without using the words."
Baseball is a sport that usually depends on communication. But when there’s a chance at perfection, it’s best to keep quiet. Not only to respect the pitcher’s work, but also keep the game’s rituals intact.