I'm not the type of Dodger fan who finds it necessary to hate the Giants in order to love the Dodgers. Don't get me wrong — I still find the Giants annoying and wish they'd stop winning already. But Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter last night was a cool baseball moment that transcended the uniform he was wearing.
Yes, it was also annoying in that it overshadowed Manny Ramirez's historic home run and Matt Kemp's all-around awesomeness. But who can't enjoy that on a pitching staff packed to the gills with Cy Young talent, it was the 2-8 starter demoted to the bullpen who, in a spot-start, threw the season's first no-hitter? With his father in the stands, watching his son pitch in person for the first time?
If it's been a magical season for the Dodgers, then it must be starting to feel magical for the Giants too. In fact, it's gratifying to see the NL West — home of three of the top five records in the NL — getting some positive recognition. No more "NL Worst" jokes — except when it comes to the victims of Sanchez's no-hitter, the Padres.
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