So, you may have heard that Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter tonight. It’s the first no-no in the playoffs since 1956, decades before the playoff format Halladay pitched in existed.
One player refused to believe that his team simply was beaten. Orlando Cabrera said, and I quote:
“[H]e and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance.”
John Fay, the Cincinnati Reds beat reporter for the Enquirer, got the quote, and posted it quickly onto Twitter. That was more than 45 minutes ago, and he hasn’t tweeted anything else. In this case, that’s a good thing.
The quote exposes Cabrera as a whiner, with the most sour of grapes. No need to pile on — or to note that Cabrera struck out chasing a ball out of the strike zone. And in the context and time frame, no other notes or further tweeting are needed to explain who the “he” is, or provide unnecessary filler background. On the Enquirer website, there’s an unedited blog post that sticks to this theme. And outside of some quotation marks and capitalization, etc., I wouldn’t ask for any changes or additions.
The quote stands alone. And a hell of a quote it is.
[Edit at 10:59 p.m. to add link to Fay’s Twitter. My mistake.]