end of an era for sure.
but his stat of which i'm most impressed is having been the only catcher in mlb history to have ever caught four no-hitters. there have been 264 of these since pop snyder caught joe borden's back in 1875, and only 23 since the turn of the century, but the captain has four of them. FOUR of them.
boggles my mind.
it's also remarkable how many catchers have three of them--far more than there are pitchers--though nolan ryan with 7 has to top the entire discussion either way. other than larry corcoran who played during the dead ball era, there's only cy young, bob feller, sandy koufax and jim maloney to join that list on the pitching side. on the catching side, by rough count, i found 14 other catchers before tek who have caught as many as three no-hitters.
says to me that, overall, catching is a greater influence on no-hitters than pitching is--otherwise any old backstopper would be picking up the random credit and the concentration of success would be far more diluted. no, it's catching that makes the greater difference, and if derek lowe can get one, you know it was only because he had the good fortune to team up with tek for those glory years in boston and no other reason.
yaz, jim ed, and now tek. i've been fortunate to have been a fan for all of them. can't imagine the player who will ever succeed those three in these days of free agency and clubhouse childishness, but i'd like to meet him, whoever he'll be.
i'll bet you, until we find another captain worthy of tek's shoes, we won't be seeing another series victory now that tek's have been hung up. bittersweet, but for me today in my #33 home white replica jersey, nothing but sweet. tek, today you da man.