Friday, June 25, 2010

Here's an Example of Synchronicity

I had the Padres-Marlins game on my television, muted, this afternoon/evening while I did the dishes, ate cake, listened to music. At one point, while wiping off the kitchen counter, I watched as my screen silently displayed the highlights of an old baseball game. I saw AJ Burnett in a gray Marlins uniform celebrating and hugging catcher Charles Johnson and said mockingly to myself "We did it! A no-hitter!...with 8 walks..." He'd actually walked 9 in that game (against the Padres).

I just found out that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter (another no-hitter! the fourth [fifth counting Armando Galarraga] of the season) against his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays today. He walked 8 batters.

It's a very subjective experience, of course, but that's exactly what synchronicity is.

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Something else interesting about it: Jackson had the same exact pitching line for the game (9 innings, 0 hits, 8 walks, 6 strikeouts) as Dock Ellis in his famous no-hitter that he pitched against the San Diego Padres in a stadium that's barely a mile away from my current location back in 1970. He later admitted that he'd pitched that game while on LSD. It's one of the coolest events in baseball history. Here's a funny animated video that was made about it last year:

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