By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
Baseball is a religion all its own, full of traditions, rituals and unexplained miracles.
Anybody who ever has seen the movie “Field of Dreams” — or watched the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs finally claim World Series titles — knows that. (Eventually, my beloved Texas Rangers have to win the big one, right?)
Sometimes, the gods — the baseball gods — make their presence known in ways that even nonbelievers must find impossible to ignore.
How else to explain what happened in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday night?
Here’s how ESPN described what happened:
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mike Trout shook his head.
“You can’t,” he said, pausing for a moment to gather himself. “You can’t make this stuff up.”
The Los Angeles Angels scored seven first-inning runs Friday night. They finished with 13. Tyler Skaggs’ birthday is on the 13th day of the seventh month, which just so happens to be Saturday.
“I’m speechless,” Trout said. “This is the best way to honor him.”
The Angels honored Skaggs with an emotional ceremony before their first home game since his sudden death on July 1. They honored him by donning his No. 45 jersey. They honored him by inviting his mother, Debbie Hetman, onto the field for the ceremonial first pitch. And they honored him, improbably, with a combined no-hitter, delivered by Taylor Cole and Felix Pena in a 13-0 trouncing of the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium.
Angels manager Brad Ausmus called it “one of the most special moments I’ve been a part of on a major league field in 25 years.”
“You feel like it’s partly Skaggsy’s no-hitter,” he said.
A Hollywood ending?
It was more than that, said MLB.com.
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