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Jorge Mateo broke up Drew Rasmussen’s bid at perfection in the top of the ninth inning.
On the first pitch of the top of the final frame in St. Pete, Jorge Mateo felt like destroying something beautiful.
He ripped Drew Rasmussen’s offering down the line harder than Tyler Durden socked Jared Leto in the face. While we all know the first two rules, we are not supposed to talk about perfect games, much less no-hit bids. While Rasmussen’s Tampa Bay Rays got the win over the Baltimore Orioles, they did not even get a shut out. Baltimore managed to plate a run before falling, 4-1.
Here is the play that made us all remember what King Felix did for a day a decade ago vs. the Rays.
Jorge Mateo breaks up Drew Rasmussen’s bid at perfection in the ninth inning
No-hitters happen all the time, but a chance at perfection does not happen every day in baseball, so this was a real treat that Mateo felt like spoiling.
People love blaming other people for things they have no control over, so this was fantastic for those of us how believe in the tremendous power known as schadenfreude.
Had Mateo not doubled down the third-base line, former Rays cult hero Brett Phillips would have been due up for the deciding 27th out. I have been trying to tell y’all that cutting the team’s spirit animal was going to have consequences, but you didn’t listen. This is why you have to fade the Rays into all oblivion. The only way to escape fate is to move and become the Charlotte Knights.
The Curse of Brett Maverick Phillips is as real as the one with the Billy Goat and the Bambino.