Carlos Rodón was one slider away from perfection.
On Wednesday, the White Sox starting pitcher pitched a no-hitter, but not since Armando Galarraga’s imperfect game has there been such a heartbreaking closing inning: While Rodon ended up with the no-no, he plunked catcher Roberto Perez on the foot on a slider that just got away from him, ending the perfect game bid with one out in the ninth.
Rodón, though, wasn’t too broken up about it.
“All you can do is laugh about it. It wasn’t meant to be,” he said after the game. “… I’d have let it hit me, too.”
Perez admitted to knowing there was a no-hitter in the works, but was seemingly unaware that a perfect game was in the making.
“To be honest, I really didn’t think he had a perfect game until I got hit,” he said after the game. “I thought he had a no-hitter going on, but I really didn’t think he had a perfect game. So, it’s hard, man. I’m not gonna try to stand there and get hit, you know?”
Well, stand there and get hit is exactly what Perez did, and the Cleveland catcher got some criticism for not making an effort to get out of the way.
In any case, Rodón enters the record books with the second no-hitter of the 2021 season — and he enters fans’ memory banks for another brutal brush with baseball immortality.
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