When a pitcher is working on a no-hitter, his teammates aren't supposed to talk about it. Often they go as far as to steer clear of the pitcher when he's in the dugout, not wanting to disturb whatever sort of alchemy he's conjuring on that mound. Announcers sometimes also tip-toe around the topic for as long as they can. When they relent and begin addressing the potential no-no they are inevitably jeered for jinxing the bid.
On Wednesday night in Anaheim, it seemed like everyone was adhering to these superstitions as Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver worked deeper into the game against the Minnesota Twins. As his team batted in the bottom of the eighth inning, Weaver sat alone on the dugout bench, just three outs from making history.
There was only one problem. Weaver had to pee.. really bad.
Before he returned to the mound to retire the final three batters of the game, MLB Network cameras caught the 29-year-old bolting off the bench and back toward the clubhouse. In a situation where everyone generally goes to great pains to keep things as normal as possible, Weaver was responding to the pain of his bladder.
Relieved, the right-hander dispatched Jamey Carroll, Denard Span and Alexi Casilla to record the 10th no-hitter in Angels history. Asked about his departure from the dugout before the top of the ninth, Weaver made no attempt to hide what happened, telling MLB Network, "I had to pee so bad is was unbelievable. I didn't know whether to sit down or go do it or what. But I had to go relieve myself, I'm sorry."
Could we have a new no-hit superstition?