As A.J. Burnett effortlessly mowed down hapless Cubs hitters at Wrigley Tuesday night, fans in attendance were mostly oblivious to the fact the Pirates starter was just four outs away from a no-hitter.
“Umm, I don’t even know what a no-hitter is,” said Shelly Bernstein who attended the game in the left field bleachers, but spent most of her time talking to friends sitting with her and texting others. “Near the end of the game, some kind of chubby guy on the Cubs hit the ball to their guy playing out on the grass. It bounced first before the Pirates’ guy picked it up and threw it to his friend on the team and a few people around me started clapping.”
The play Bernstein was referring to was Adrian Cardenas’ eighth-inning single that broke up Burnett’s no-no bid. Bernstein said she was confused why fans would start clapping at what seemed to be a random point in the game.
“To be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention to the game,” said Bernstein. “I just figured they were clapping for the beer guy or that Ryan Dempster did something cool. He’s like my favorite Cub of all time so it was great seeing him out of the field last night.”