We'll Want to Remember Alec Mills' No-Hitter Again and Again

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We’ll Want to Remember Alec Mills’ No-Hitter Again and Again

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In the immediate aftermath of a historic event like Alec Mills’ no-hitter yesterday, you’re really just in the “celebrate it” moment. Awash in the glow of something you almost never get to see – something so good! – you aren’t really spending a ton of time thinking about the context, the nature of the game itself, or some of the fun factoids that will ultimately come to supplement the experience.

Now, the morning after Alec Mills threw the 16th no-hitter in Chicago Cubs franchise history, I wanted to do some of that reflecting and enjoying.

This year, of course, is going to be indelibly printed on our brains forever, and I mean that both within and without the baseball aspect. We won’t ever forget the pandemic, what it meant to experience, when it was, what our lives were like, and on and on. We also never would forget a no-hitter, especially not one as surprising as Alec Mills busting it out of nowhere in a mid-September playoff race.

But we sports fans love to remember things – often loudly, together, while drinking a beer – and the combination of something so special from Mills, in a year like this? Man, that is something we’re really going to remember. And, just maybe, to be able to experience that remembering together at some point in the future is going to make up for the fact that we didn’t quite get to experience the moment, itself, together like usual. It doesn’t make this moment better than any other. It just makes this memory so much more personal and unique.

I expect the same is true for Mills and the players who backed him up yesterday, and hearing from him and them may have been the best part of the post-no-hitter afterglow:

More joy, factoids, and interesting stuff from Alec Mills’ no-hitter:



(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.