Despite Long Odds, Lucky Fan Wins $16K On Homer Bailey's Marvelous No-Hitter

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 3, 2013

Homer Bailey stood triumphant, drenched in Gatorade following his masterful performance at Great American Ball Park Tuesday. Somewhere far off in a random sportsbook, another person was just as jubilant. 

Slade Sohmer of Hypervocal brings us some remarkable news related to the Cincinnati Reds pitcher tossing his second no-hitter. It seems someone won $16,000 because of this particular baseball feat. 

Here is a tweet from Dan Shapiro, whose Twitter description reads, "Business Development at William Hill US":

On Tuesday night, Bailey walked to the mound for the 17th time this season. Nine innings and one fantastic Joey Votto play later, he secured his second no-hitter in 10 months

While it only took Bailey a year to collect two, the feat is a rare one, taking place just 280 times in the sport's history. The 27-year-old is also just the 31st pitcher to now have two or more no-hitters in his career. 

Essentially, this sort of thing doesn't happen every day, precisely the kind of feat that might garner 40-1 odds at a sportsbook.

It's also one of the last bets that we might think of when plunking down $400. Still, that is what apparently went down for one gutsy person who bet some pitcher might toss a masterpiece Tuesday. 

If you want to know what it took to get there, Bailey was pumping mid-90s stuff well into the ninth inning, showing very little signs of exhaustion. 

In the seventh inning, Votto provided necessary quick thinking on a fielder's choice, thus saving the no-hitter for his teammate. 

In the end, Bailey was showered with red Gatorade and slammed with a season's worth of shaving cream by his excited colleagues. 

There wasn't a person walking as tall as Bailey was Tuesday night, save one crazy gambler who now has 16,000 reasons to smile this morning. 

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