History was made in the MLB on Saturday night as Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Tyler Gilbert tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in what was his first career start. The fans in attendance went nuts after the final out was recorded, but the best reaction came from Gilbert's Dad.
Gilbert's dad can be seen jumping up and down with joy as he watched his son retire one hitter after another. His teary-eyed emotion draws at the heartstring of every baseball fan. He simply broke down with happiness when center fielder Ketel Marte caught a fly ball in center field to end the game.
This was no ordinary no-hitter, either. Gilbert was acquired as a Rule 5 pick just eight months ago and had been playing in the minor leagues as a relief pitcher for the last few seasons. The last-place Diamondbacks decided to give the 27-year-old rookie a shot and it clearly paid off.
Overall, Gilbert became the fourth pitcher in baseball history to throw a no-hitter in his first MLB start and just one of two to do so in since the start of the 20th century. It was the eighth no-hitter of the 2021 season, which already ties the record set back in 1884 with over a month of play still to go.
Gilbert's mother and girlfriend also sat up in the stands to cheer him on. However, it's safe to say they were not as excited about what was going on down on the diamond as his Dad was. After all, that is what sports is all about.
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