Aaron Nola was having the single best outing of his professional career Saturday night. That was until I tweeted about it and it all went up in smoke.
Nola, facing the San Diego Padres, had a perfect game through six innings and a no-hitter through six-and-a-third. He even struck out his older brother Austin!
The Nola brothers faced each other for the first time in their careers and had several family members in the stands, so naturally Aaron threw the two hardest pitches of his 2021 season against Austin.
Aaron was doing so well that Phillies’ manager Joe Giradi elected not to pinch hit for him in the eighth inning and Nola responded by hitting a leadoff double that led to Philadelphia grabbing a 3-1 lead.
AARON NOLA WITH A DOUBLE— Justin Lever ❤️⚾️ (@JustinLever3) August 22, 2021
YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY pic.twitter.com/moGH9OhcVq
Saturday was going so well for Nola. And then I stepped in and ruined it with a single tweet.
Here’s what I tweeted at 10:46 P.M. last night.
Aaron Nola is going for his first career complete game on MLB Network— And the Valley Shook (@ATVShook) August 22, 2021
And here’s what happened nine minutes later.
Nola’s 117th pitch, a career high, was his last and was pulled from the game. Philly would then go on to lose that game; they are 3-8 over their last 11 and have fallen to five games back in both the NL East and the Wild Card race. All because of a single tweet by me.
I’m never tweeting again.