Our philosophy at Wilson Strategic is to work hard and play even harder. This summer our staff took the day off from regulatory filings, conference planning, and bill tracking to grab some hot dogs and beer with some of the firm’s closest friends.
And what a day, indeed! High up in our corporate box, we witnessed history in the making as Hisashi Iwakuma became the second Japanese-born pitcher to throw a Major League no hitter. Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the first. That’s the fifth no-hitter in Mariner’s history, leading to a 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on August 12th.
“When I was young, when I first signed, I said to myself, ‘One day it would be nice to throw a no-hitter,'” said Iwakuma through tears of joy. “Today, I’m very happy I accomplished it, but it was just taking one hitter at a time that got this to become true.”
For those of you keeping score–the other no-hitters in Mariner history are:
- Randy Johnson (v. Tigers, 1990)
- Chris Bosio (v. Red Sox, 1993)
- Felix Hernandez (v. Ray, 2012)
- Six pitcher combined (v. Dodgers, 2012)
It certainly doesn’t take a baseball buff to appreciate the significance of this moment. More than 20,000 fans jumped to their feet. It was a great time to be in Seattle. As summer draws to a close and our State of Reform conference season ramps up perhaps we will all remember Iwakuma’s wise words “taking one hitter at a time” until we meet all of our big goals for 2015.