The first rule about baseball's elusive perfect game is YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT THE PERFECT GAME UNTIL IT'S PERFECT.
Here's why, as illustrated by one Martha Stewart.
It's top of the seventh here at yankee stadium and the Yankees are pitching a perfect game versus the Tampa rays
— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) April 10, 2017
A "perfect game" in baseball is when a pitcher completes a full game while retiring every batter he faces — over nine innings that's 27 batters faced and 27 batters retired. It hasn't happened in Major League Baseball since 2012, and is one of most difficult accomplishments in baseball.
That's why, when a pitcher is threatening to throw a perfect game — say for example, he's perfect through several innings — teammates and fans go to great lengths not to mention the masterpiece-in-progress for fear of jinxing it.
Stewart, apparently, never got that memo.
That's right — the Yankees' Michael Pineda was more than two-thirds of the way through hurling a perfect game on Monday when Stewart posted that tweet.
Then — "about three minutes later," per USA Today's Ted Berg, who was at the game — Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria hit a double to ruin Pineda's would-be perfect day.
This did not go unnoticed.
NO! You'll jinx it!
— MaryElizabeth Sperry (@ChiefElfMary) April 10, 2017
You just jinxed it!
— Nestor Makhno (@peterallanmoore) April 10, 2017
Ya blew it, Martha!
— Chris (@FribbleLover) April 10, 2017
Now, did Stewart's tweet really upset the fragile cosmic order to jinx Pineda?
That would be a ridiculous notion predicated on non-scientific mumbo-jumbo.
Which is to say it's entirely possible. Underestimate the power of non-scientific mumbo-jumbo at your own risk, friends.