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":
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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