Oakland Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers replied to countless congratulatory texts and phone calls following his second career no-hitter, and then crawled into bed around 5 a.m.
He saved one special call for later.
No one talks to Bruce Fiers until after he has watched his son's games the following morning. No spoiler alerts allowed. And Mike Fiers certainly wasn't going to buck tradition.
"He doesn't want to ruin it," Fiers said. "He just wants to watch the game and go from there. He called me today and said he's been dealing with some stuff at work he's not pleased with but he's had a smile on his face all day so that's cool for me to hear that."
The younger Fiers also had a pretty big grin all day.
The 33-year-old journeyman began Tuesday night with a 6.81 ERA and had not won since April 2. He became the 35th pitcher with multiple no-hitters after a 131-pitch masterpiece in a 2-0 victory over the last-place Cincinnati Reds.
Fiers walked two and overcame an error by Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman.
Fiers' other no-hitter came on Aug. 21, 2015, in Houston, three weeks after being traded from the Brewers to the Astros. He threw a career-high 134 pitches in that game.
Cubs ban fan
The Chicago Cubs banned indefinitely from Wrigley Field the fan that used what appeared to be a racist hand gesture behind an African American television reporter during a game at their ballpark.
The Cubs sent a letter Wednesday to the bearded man who flashed the offensive sign in back of former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville, who was working for NBC Sports Chicago on Tuesday night. The team said it had been unable to contact the fan by phone, and didn't publicly identify him.
President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said the fan could be prosecuted for criminal trespass if he tries to enter the stadium.
Green said the man purchased his ticket on StubHub. Another fan reported his gesture to the team by text during the game against the Miami Marlins — by the time security arrived, the man was gone.
Glanville, who played three seasons for the Cubs, was standing beside the dugout discussing Chicago's surging offense when the man seated in the background started gesturing.
Wearing a gray Cubs sweatshirt and blue pants, he made an upside-down "OK" sign near Glanville's head during the broadcast. The gesture is associated with the juvenile "circle game," where someone tries to trick a friend or sibling into looking at it, then punches them in the shoulder.
But the symbol has also become a white supremacy sign.