Congratulations Ervin Santana!!!

Taking the mound Wednesday morning for the Angels and Indians rubber match, Ervin Santana did his best to make absolutely certain no pre-game write-up will ever discuss his history of failure against Cleveland again. I’d say he was successful. Wouldn’t you? ;)

Santana’s first win against Cleveland was only MLB’s third no-hitter this season, the first of his own career, and the Angels first solo no-hitter since Mike Witt pitched his perfect game against the Rangers in 1984. (Witt and Mark Langston combined for a no-hitter against the Mariners in 1990). I tell you, there are serious perks to having the number three guy in your starting rotation be of such a high caliber that when he has his control, he could be the number two or even number one guy on a lot of team’s pitching staffs. The Angels may not have the Phillys Four Aces, but you’ve got to love two aces, two not quite aces and one ace in training. Won’t get you much at the poker table, it’s true, but in the AL, it could get you pretty far indeed.

Congratulations Ervin! Very well deserved! What a personal accomplishment and what an accomplishment for the team! And well we’re at it, let’s not forget the rest of the team who helped get Santana there – Santana certainly didn’t forget them in his always humble comments after the game. Special recognition should be given to Peter Bourjos, Torii Hunter, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout for their bats. Torii, Howie, Bourjos and Mark Trumbo for their defense and Bobby Wilson for calling one heck of great game. The Angels have now won three series in a row and 11 of their last 14 series. And the Twins appear to have taken my Glamour List – The Baseball Edition #10 to heart, so today is a very good day indeed. :) 

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I’ve mentioned once or twice in this blog that my husband and I sometimes refer to Santana as Hobbes. Well, stills from today’s no-hitter game footage, finally allow me to explain myself with a few helpful visual aids. Check this out.

Mild mannered, affable, everyday teammate with one of the sweetest, most endearing smiles in the majors:

Ervin Santana image courtesy of MLB.com; Hobbes image scanned from Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat

With game face firmly in place: 

Ervin Santana image courtesy of MLB.com; Hobbes image scanned from Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat

 Uncanny, no?

Just remember, who kicked the most behind at Calvinball? That’s right. Not Calvin. Hobbes did. Coincidence? I think not!

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One more reason why I wish I had played hooky and stayed home to watch this game, out of a very, very long list? (Yeah right, like I’ve ever been that irresponsible in my entire life, sigh.) Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout playing together in the same outfield, with Bourjos in center and Trout in left, batting one behind the other in the same line-up. I managed to listen to the radio for Bourjos’ triple – man, that kid can fly! – immediately followed by Trout’s veteran quality battle with the pitcher culminating in a sacrifice fly to deep right center and a game tying RBI. And I got chills. Seriously. It was like the best teaser trailer for the Angels 2012 season ever. Ever.

9 Comments

Congratulations Ervin! Well Done.
—Mark Gauthier

http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

I was so glad to see him get it. He’s been suffering the most in the W column from the chronic lack of run support.

– Kristen

Awesome! Never was aware of the Hobbes connection, but you’re right. Dead on. Congrats! Enjoy it!
–Jeff

Jeff- Well, we are nothing if not a font of arcane and primarily useless knowledge and random triva here at TIAVSG. Pleased to be of service! :) And thanks. I am so proud of my team right now…even more than usual.

– Kristen

I’m just glad that we can now forget about the fact the Jays were no hit earlier this season! As for Ervin, he certainly has the talent even if his numbers aren’t there this year. Maybe this will turn his season around.

http://bluejaysnest.mlblogs.com/

Yeah, being on the other end of a no hitter is never fun, Bluejaysnest. I would rather just lose. But it happens even to the best teams from time to time. Actually Santana’s numbers are pretty good this year, just not in the W column. I would love to see that turn around for the end of the season.

– Kristen

That Hobbes reference is hysterical! You are definitely the first person I know to say any baseball player looks like a cartoon cat ;)
Catherine

Thanks Catherine! I call ‘em like I see ‘em. :)

– Kristen

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