Homer Bailey stood triumphant, drenched in Gatorade following his masterful performance at Great American Ball Park Tuesday. Somewhere far off in a random sportsbook, another person was just as jubilant.
Slade Sohmer of Hypervocal brings us some remarkable news related to the Cincinnati Reds pitcher tossing his second no-hitter. It seems someone won $16,000 because of this particular baseball feat.
Here is a tweet from Dan Shapiro, whose Twitter description reads, "Business Development at William Hill US":
A @WilliamHillUS Sports Book customer bet $400 at 40-1 that there would be a no-hitter pitched tonight. He scores $16,000— Dan Shapiro (@DShaps) July 3, 2013
On Tuesday night, Bailey walked to the mound for the 17th time this season. Nine innings and one fantastic Joey Votto play later, he secured his second no-hitter in 10 months.
While it only took Bailey a year to collect two, the feat is a rare one, taking place just 280 times in the sport's history. The 27-year-old is also just the 31st pitcher to now have two or more no-hitters in his career.
Essentially, this sort of thing doesn't happen every day, precisely the kind of feat that might garner 40-1 odds at a sportsbook.
It's also one of the last bets that we might think of when plunking down $400. Still, that is what apparently went down for one gutsy person who bet some pitcher might toss a masterpiece Tuesday.
If you want to know what it took to get there, Bailey was pumping mid-90s stuff well into the ninth inning, showing very little signs of exhaustion.
In the seventh inning, Votto provided necessary quick thinking on a fielder's choice, thus saving the no-hitter for his teammate.
In the end, Bailey was showered with red Gatorade and slammed with a season's worth of shaving cream by his excited colleagues.
There wasn't a person walking as tall as Bailey was Tuesday night, save one crazy gambler who now has 16,000 reasons to smile this morning.
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