Via High Heat Stats: http://twitter.com/HighHeatStats/status/344462657526562817
I know, it's not a positive game to remember but I figured since today is the 10 year anniversary of the game, I'd post the tweet. Can you even believe it has been that long?
I remember watching the game that night and being stunned by what the Astros pitchers were able to do. I had been to a no-hitter (Dwight Gooden's in 1996) but it had been one pitcher doing the shutting down of the opposing team and not a combination of six. I thought that was pretty amazing. It's one thing for a single guy to shut a team down but it seems like it would be harder for a bunch of pitchers to all pitch really well at the same time and to keep the opposing team from getting a single hit in a game.
And the 2003 Yankees were a good team and they had a lot of good hitters in their lineup so for them to not only be shutout but to be completely shutdown was pretty shocking to see.
Here's that night's lineup:
|Alfonso Soriano 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1|
|Derek Jeter SS||3||0||0||0||1||3|
|Jason Giambi DH||3||0||0||0||0||2|
|Jorge Posada C||3||0||0||0||1||1|
|Robin Ventura 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bubba Trammell PH||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Hideki Matsui CF||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Todd Zeile 1B||2||0||0||0||1||2|
|Raul Mondesi RF||3||0||0||0||0||2|
|Juan Rivera LF||3||0||0||0||0||1|
The 2003 Astros were not bad - they were actually pretty good back then - it's just that anytime the team you root for is made to look silly by opposing pitchers, it's not a fun feeling.
I was living alone in the city at the time and I just remember being stunned after the game ended, I was also a little embarrassed and I was really not looking forward to going into work the next day and listening to my co-workers who liked to rib me whenever something bad happened to the Yankees. These days, I appreciate good pitching performances even at the expense of the Yankees but back in 2003, I didn't at all.
After the shock of what happened wore off, I remember being pretty angry about it. Again, I've mellowed a bit in the past 10 years and now I shrug my shoulders at bad games. The season is too long to dwell on one game no matter how bad it may be for your team. And the 2003 Yankees went on to make the World Series so they weren't at all affected by that no-hitter.