Wild finish to 2013 MLB season

On the last day of the 2013 MLB regular season, (and those words are sad to write…oh and technically, tonight’s play-in game between the Rangers and Rays is the final regular season game), Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter. What’s wild about that? Well it wasn’t a no-hitter when he walked off the mound in the 9th inning. He hadn’t given up a hit, but his team hadn’t scored a run. With the score 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth — and Alvarez on deck — the winning run scored on a wild pitch. Watch the team’s, Alvarez’s and the crowd’s reaction. As the winning run crosses the plate the fans celebrate a win but then immediately realize they’re celebrating something bigger. And when is the last time you’ve seen a pitcher celebrate his no-no from the on-deck circle? And finally, how can it be that the Marlins, a relatively new franchise, have thrown five no-hitters in their history when a team like the Mets only has one and the Padres have never achieved the feat?