The Cleveland Indians’ John Farrell lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning, 26 years ago today.
Farrell was no-hitting the Kansas City Royals through eight on May 4, 1989 when the Royals’ Kevin Seitzer led off the ninth by dropping a fly ball the dropped inside the right-field line for a base hit.
A United Press International game story noted that Indians clubhouse manager Cy Buynak jinxed the no-no just before Seitzer’s hit by calling the Stadium Club restaurant to order three bottles of champagne.
“That was the whammy,” Stadium Club manager Jim Kerlin told UPI. “I told my assistant not to take them down.”
The bottles were apparently the same three bottles the Toronto Blue Jays called for when Dave Stieb took a no-no into the ninth in 1988. Stieb had four late-inning misses before finally getting his no-no in 1990.
Lesson? Wait for the bubbly.