Colorado Rockies: I jinxed the no-hitter for German Marquez

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 14: German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at Oracle Park on April 14, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 14: German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at Oracle Park on April 14, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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Colorado Rockies fans, I need to clear my conscience that has weighed heavily on me the last few days. I have a confession to make. Last weekend as the Rockies faced off against the San Francisco Giants, I committed one of the cardinal sins in the Gospel of Baseball. I talked about it.

In the middle of German Marquez‘s bid to become the second player in Colorado Rockies franchise history to throw a no-hitter, I did the unthinkable and alerted some friends of the possible history that was in the making. This, of course, set the jinx in motion. No less than two batters later, Evan Longoria hit a single into left field, breaking up the no-no after 7.1 innings of untouchable work.

To give a sense of where my mind was at, here is a little bit of background. I am involved in a group text with a small group of friends where a wide range of sports are discussed. Last Sunday was a particularly big day for our group.

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It was Sunday at the Masters and Tiger Woods had dramatically won another Green Jacket after a long drought, so the messages were flying.

On the other hand, the Rockies had lost the previous eight games and the optimism for success was running on empty. This fact led me to think that I was the only one of the group who was watching the game. Then the text that I will never be able to live down was made: “6 outs away from a no-no.”

The inevitable happened and Márquez would go on to lead the Rockies to a one-hit, complete game shutout ending the losing streak. As for me, the insults and attacks from my friends have been relentless and downright vicious and deservedly so. As any baseball fan knows, you just don’t mess with a streak and I did just that.

As Márquez sets out for his first start since that fateful day on Friday night, I stand here begging for forgiveness and hope that you all learn from my unfortunate mistake.

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So Patrick, Justin, Morgan, and all Rockies fans out there, I am sorry and I will never make such a faux pas ever again.