HOUSTON -- Former Astros pitcher Mike Scott, who provided one of the greatest moments in franchise history when he tossed a no-hitter against the Giants to clinch the National League West title in 1986, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday as part of the Astros' Flashback Friday promotion.
The Astros, as part of their 50th anniversary, have brought back a former player to throw out the first pitch prior to each Friday home game this year. Scott won 110 games for the Astros from 1983-91 and had his No. 33 retired in 1992.
"I like coming back," said Scott, who lives in California and spends his time playing golf and cheering on the Anaheim Ducks. "I don't get back here as much as I'd like to. I loved playing here, I loved living here, but it's always good to come back."
Scott, who began his career with the New York Mets, was 110-81 with a 3.30 ERA as an Astro from 1983-90, winning the NL Cy Young Award in 1986 when he led the Majors in strikeouts (306), innings pitched (275 1/3) and ERA (2.22). He became the first player from a losing team to win National League Championship Series MVP honors in '86, and in 1989 became Houston's fourth 20-game winner when he posted a 20-10 record.