What better way to celebrate the fourth of July than with baseball. Even better when the baseball game turns into a special event that keeps you glued to your seating antsy with every hit ball. Kyle Drabek took to mound on July 4, 2010 coming off of four straight loses. He quickly made everyone forgot as he pitched a gem of a game.
Drabek prepares during the national anthem. Holding the flag are the 37 people who took the Oath of Allegiance to officially become a citizen of the United States prior to the game.
Prior to the start of the game Drabek was 7-8 and had not had a win since may 31st.
A crowd of 6,037 at were in attendence at Merchantsauto.com Stadium to watch Drabek’s masterful performance.
Drabek was in complete control retiring the first twelve batters of the game.
Midway through fans as well as Drabek new there was something special about this night
Drabek pitched the second no hitter in Fisher Cats history beating the New Britain Rock Cats 5-0, on the fourth of July no less. This was the first nine-inning no-hitter in team history. The first one in club history happened in 2004 in a seven inning game which was part of a doubleheader.
Drabek sits alone at the end of the dugout during the bottom of the eigth inning
As it looked going to the top of the ninth
He also retied the last twelve batters of the game only surrendering 2 walks while striking out three.
Greeted by his teammates Drabek’s emotion says it all
After the game Drabek delivered an address to the crowd still clearly in full emotion from his performance
Adrian Martin greeted Drabek with a “pie in the face”
In addition to his no hitter Drabek was also named Eastern League player of the week for June 27-July 4. He was also named to the Eastern League all-star team. Drabek is a 22-year old from Victoria, TX who was part of an offseason trade that sent Roy Halladay to Philadelphia. Kyle is regarded as one of the top 50 prospects in baseball (MLB.com)