An almost perfect night revisited for Mike Scott
The hit batsman that opened the game isn't necessarily what Mike Scott remembers best about the Astros-Giants contest on Sept. 25, 1986. But he does look back at that moment as a bit of a wake-up call.
"I was a little pumped," Scott recalled.
That game wasn't any ordinary game, of course. All the Astros had to do was win it, and they would be the National League West Division champions.
Scott, the ace of the staff and later the winner of the Cy Young Award, was the perfect pitcher to make that start. Little did anyone know just how close to perfect Scott would be that night.
After hitting Dan Gladden to open the game, Scott told himself to settle down, don't go overboard, and just "try to pitch a normal game." That normal game ended up being a no-hitter. The Astros topped the Giants, made history and won the division, all in one frenzied evening at the Astrodome.
Scott, whose number was retired by the Astros in 1992, was back in town to participate in the ongoing 50th anniversary celebration on Friday. Scott threw out the first pitch, a "Flashback Friday" staple, and his daughter, Kelsey, was slated to sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.
Scott still gets simple reminders about his historic game from fans, even 25 years later.
"I get tickets in the mail to sign," he said. "How do they have them for this long? They look like they're from the 1920s. But they're actual tickets, and I still get them, randomly."