The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a truly disastrous 2021 season. The team entered Sunday at 38-80, good enough for the worst record in MLB.
Yet the club had a magical moment Saturday when Tyler Gilbert threw a no-hitter in his first MLB start. It was a truly special sight to behold and something fans in attendance will never forget. The win gave the Diamondbacks No. 38 on the year. But even in such a miserable year to be a fan, the team reached this mountaintop, albeit unofficially, once before.
Diamondbacks all about big moments in 2021
The official record books show Gilbert’s no-hitter as the third in franchise history. But let’s not forget earlier this year when Madison Bumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter. While it doesn’t count in the history books, it means two of the team’s 38 wins in 2021 came via a no-hitter. That is quite the shocking rate for any team. Imagine if the San Francisco Giants or Tampa Bay Rays had a no-hitter every 19th win.
And it is not like these historical outings are coming against bad teams. Bumgarner took down the Atlanta Braves, while Gilbert looked like an ace against a tough San Diego Padres offense. Diamondbacks fans have to be wondering why the pitching is either perfect or atrocious with no room to land in the middle.
When a season goes south like this, it is good to see the fans have something to cheer about. Those in the clubhouse can also look back on the 2021 campaign and remember how special the no-hitters were, especially Gilbert’s in his debut. Some players go their whole career without being able to celebrate such a moment with a teammate.
The Diamondbacks stink, but a few moments have been fun. Hopefully, plenty of people were tuning in Saturday instead of ignoring the team altogether.