OK, it’s official. We knew that Skip Bayless liked to argue, and that he has his way of dissuading people and diminishing all accomplishments. But Friday morning he took it to an all new low. The topic of Curt Schilling’s one-hitter against the A’s came up. There are several parts of the game that stood out to me. First, Schilling came within two outs of a no-hitter — that’s not easy to do. Second, he did all this in a 1-0 game, when all it took was a walk followed by a home run for him to become the loser. Third, the Red Sox had lost four in a row, and were on the verge of being swept when he broke out with the gem. But unfortunately for Skip, Mr. Bayless was “not especially impressed.”
Varitek his catcher said he didn’t have his best stuff in the bullpen. Coco Crisp makes a terrific over over-the-shoulder catch in center. Mike Lowell makes a terrific play at third base. And there was a lot of luck involved because a lot of balls were hit sharply but at them. Remember he struck out only four batters. In his one-hitter against Milwaukee, he struck out 17 — that is no-hit stuff.
Come on Skip, how can you possibly nit-pick this performance? Seriously. Sorry not all contests can be perfect games. Then again, Skip would find a way to be unimpressed by one of those.