Canadian native James Paxton pitches for the Seattle Mariners and on May 8, Paxton pitched a no-hitter against the only Canadian team in Major League Baseball – the Toronto Blue Jays in a 5-0 win.
Paxton is only the second Canadian born baseball player to pitch a no hitter in the Major Leagues but he is the first to pitch a no hitter in his native land of Canada.
The left-hander needed just 99 pitches and seven strikeouts for the third no hitter in the Major Leagues of the season.
After the last out, Paxton’s team mates came running out of the dugout to congratulate him…and douse a cooler full of water over him.
Born in British Columbia, Paxton received a standing ovation from the Blue Jays fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
In 1945 pitching for the Philadelphia Athletics, Canadian Dick Fowler threw a no hitter against the St. Louis Browns after missing two seasons serving in the Canadian military during World War II.
Speaking on his accomplishment, Paxton said, “of all places, to do it in Toronto, it’s pretty amazing.” He continued, “The fans were great. They were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that, they started kind of cheering me on. It was cool.”
Speaking on his team mates, Paxton said, “what a defense tonight. That was amazing. Those guys were making every play.”
Baseball players have a tendency to be a supersticious lot. Paxton is 2-0 since a bald eagle landed on his shoulder last month and stuck its talons into his back at the home opener for the Minnesota Twins.
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