As each one of the Rangers' best hitters went down, the realization grew greater that Buehrle was going to get there. He knew it, his teammates knew it, so did everybody else in U.S. Cellular Field.
This was the fourth no-hitter I've covered, the first since Kenny Rogers' perfect game in 1994, and the fifth Major League no-hitter I've witnessed at a Major League ballpark. All you need to know about how I feel about them is that I was a Giants fans at the University of San Francisco, but I was standing and applauding in the seventh inning that cold night at Candlestick Park when the Dodgers' Jerry Reuss got through six innings without giving up a hit.I was still standing when Reuss finished off the final three innings and so were almost all of 20,285 at Candlestick that night. Even a Dodger can get a "standing O" in San Francisco if he throws a no-hitter. Ryan could get a standing ovation everywhere, and there was absolutely no doubt that most people showed up at the ballpark on nights that he pitched either hoping or expecting a no-hitter. Twice he did not disappoint while he was with the Rangers -- on June 11, 1990, in Oakland and May 1, 1991, at Arlington Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays. I was there for both and still remember telling my old USF buddies hours before the game in Oakland that I would meet them afterward for a beer. "Unless Ryan throws a no-hitter," I told them. "Then I won't be able to make it." You always had to make contingencies when Ryan pitched. Some writers did go for a beer after Ryan threw No. 7 against the Blue Jays, and my buddy Jim Reeves said, "Let's just stop and think a minute about what we just saw." I know what we saw. A no-hitter. Baseball history. You live for it every time you go to a ballpark.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.