When a one-hitter gets lost in the sports shuffle

Maybe you didn’t hear about Gio Gonzalez’s one-hitter on Monday night. I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t.

A pinch-hitter in the seventh inning killed Gonzalez’s bid for a no-hitter with a bloop single that picked up chalk on the first-base line. The Washington Nationals went on to wallop the New York Mets, 9-1. It was an obvious must-win game for the Nationals who hold out little hope of making the playoffs (they currently sit six games out of the last wild-card spot).

The game meant very little because both teams have no hopes for a championship run this year.

But it used to be that one-hitters and no-hitters were the talk of the sports world and maybe on some nights they still are. But this one had no chance.

I don’t know which story was more wild and crazy or more historical from Sunday bleeding into Monday.

There was Dennis Rodman coming back from North Korea proclaiming “basketball diplomacy” will now become a full-time job for him. He plans on coaching the North Korean national basketball team and hopes to bring former NBA All-Stars back to North Korea with him to play exhibitions.

Wow, this was a lot to handle.

I was still trying to recover from the first big Sunday of the NFL season. It was a lot to wrap my mind around. Every team in the AFC North lost and Reggie Bush is all of a sudden looking a lot like Barry Sanders.

I applaud Dennis Rodman for seeing an opening to really accomplish something in his life beyond basketball and for making a mark by trying to build up relations with an old national enemy. Maybe “The Worm” is exactly what the doctor ordered to cure North Korea’s young dictator, Kim Jong-Un, of his illness towards free will and justice for all.

Then, there was the story of the LA KISS (an Arena League Football team) offering Tim Tebow a contract. And, for some reason, it feels OK. I love Tim Tebow’s grittiness and still remember the run he took the Denver Broncos on through the first round of the playoffs during the 2011-12 season. KISS is an underrated band and worthy of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

What I don’t understand is why isn’t KISS trying to get involved with the  NFL. According to Gene Simmons, he and the KISS franchise are worth billions. Go figure. The NFL needs its place in L.A. and KISS would fit the bill perfectly. Would this mean the Redskins could change their name to the Crue (from Motley)? Just asking.

Rafael Nadal survived an incredible third set and went on to his 13th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in New York on Monday, too. Sports’ best current individual rivalry between Nadal and Novak Djokovic, continues to amaze fans with their talent and professionalism.

There were also highlights released from Sunday’s induction of Gary Payton into the Basketball’s Hall Of Fame. Interestingly, John Stockton presented “The Glove.”

And, then, there was Monday Night Football with two great games. I heard the second one was great, but I can’t say that I saw much of it.

The Eagles put on a show and join the Cowboys now as the darlings of the NFC East. Those two teams suffered last season, but appear to be on the right track this year.

The other football was setting the plate for Tuesday, U.S. versus Mexico with World Cup qualification on the line.

Wait, did I miss anything Monday, oh, did I mention there was a one-hitter in baseball?

Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com

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  1. Heard all about it. Baseball is the only sport I follow in September and October.

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