To some, it may seem like a distant memory. To others like myself, it seems like it was only yesterday that Clayton Kershaw etched his name into the history books. It’s funny how an event like that can serve as a marker of time. It’s a piece of history all of us carry and remember vividly, where we are and what we were doing when the world stopped to watch. Dodgers fans all over can recall the now retired Vin Scully and his famous “He’s done it!” after getting the final out.
Clayton Kershaw is three outs away from a no-hitter: pic.twitter.com/vt8rVin7ow
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 19, 2014
It was easily one of the greatest pieces of pitching in baseball history. Some would argue that it is the single most dominant pitching performance ever. And that is hard to argue with, given that Kershaw struck out 15 batters and issued no walks at all. The only thing that kept this from being a perfect game? Hanley Ramirez’ errant throw to first on a simple play. Kershaw could not have helped Ramirez anymore on that play unless he had walked the ball to first himself.
The 284th all time no-hitter in major league baseball, just a play short of what would have been the 24th perfect game. But we won’t dwell on what could have been, but rather. what absolutely was and is. Kershaw sat down every member of the Rockies that night. And he did it on 107 pitches.
Since then, Kershaw has shown the inevitable signs of age…at least for him. He has a 2.12 earned run average in the years following his no-hitter. He has also gone 47-19 in that time period. Lately, it has been a little worse.
But even at his worst, Kershaw remains one of the very best. And 2018 could very well be the last time we see him in Dodger blue. The front office will certainly do everything they can to keep him, but who knows what the future holds for number 22.
All we can do is wait. Wait, and be thankful for the memories. Especially the lasting memory of a no-hitter.
We’ll leave you with this, let Vin take you down memory lane:
What a night. What a game. What a guy.
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