Wednesday, July 3, 2013

How did Homer Bailey celebrate second career no-hitter?


Homer Bailey had plenty to celebrate Tuesday night after tossing his second career no-hitter.

One might even be led to believe that Bailey went out on the town afterward. However, the reality is that he celebrated modestly at home.

The native Texan said he called his family, listened to country music, and responded to more than 200 text messages late Tuesday following the historic pitching performance. It wasn't exactly the type of festivities most would have imagined given the circumstances. Perhaps the right-hander enjoyed himself a little more on Wednesday? Well, not so much.

On Wednesday, Bailey woke up early to tend to two horses that he stables locally.

"I had to get up pretty early," he said about his low-key celebration while speaking to the media at his cubicle in the Reds' clubhouse before Wednesday night's game against the Giants.

Bailey did receive plenty of congratulatory messages from current and former players, though. Some of the notables include Aaron Harang, Laynce Nix, and even Roger Clemens, who was so impressed by Bailey that he said he was going to show the young pitchers he mentors in Houston's system video of Bailey's mechanics.

But did Bailey see video highlights of the masterful gem himself? No way.

"I had the best seat in the house," he pointed out. "I didn't need to watch TV. (High definition) can't do justice to where I was standing."

Bailey's next scheduled start is Sunday against the Mariners at home. He will try to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitcher in history to throw back-to-back no-hitters in consecutive starts. Vander Meer achieved the feat in 1938. Will history repeat itself? Bailey says don't count on it.

"It's happened once," Bailey pointed out. "There aren't too many things in the history of baseball that have happened only once. You can't go into the game thinking about it. The first guy will probably get a hit, and that will be the end of it. Let me put it this way -- If I were a (betting) man, and I'm not, I wouldn't bet on it."

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