Darvish tweets reached more than 200 million
APR 03, 2013 10:02a ET
But his 111th pitch came off Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez's bat and one-hopped right back at Darvish.
The 26-year-old pitcher tried to get his glove down in time but later admitted it "was impossible to catch."
Darvish on last play: That was impossible to catch.— Anthony Andro (@aandro) April 3, 2013
In case you missed it, this is how close Darvish came to throwing the 24th perfect game in major league history:
As you can imagine, Twitter was buzzing when Darvish took the mound for the ninth inning. And that buzz continued even after the perfect game was broken up.
According to a tweet by the MLB public relations department, there were 104,000 mentions of Darvish on Tuesday night on Twitter and those tweets reached 203 million people.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman shared his thoughts:
8 2/3 innings...disappointed Yu didn't get the perfect game but what a great performance!— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) April 3, 2013
So did former Rangers managing general partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg:
Sure Astros are offensively challenged, but Yu was just plain filthy. Fully acclimated and ready for next level. Breakout year ahead.— Chuck Greenberg (@chuckgreenberg) April 3, 2013
Darvish exited immediately after allowing his only hit, forced to settle for the consolation prize of getting the Rangers their first victory of the 2013 season.
Darvish said he didn't know he was tossing a perfect game until his teammates stopped talking to him in the dugout between innings. After being pulled by manager Ron Washington, Darvish tipped his hat to the Houston crowd and was greeted by his teammates at the steps of the Rangers dugout.
"I think my teammates were more disappointed than I was," Darvish said.
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