The Washington Nationals' dugout was quiet.
Nats' skipper Matt Williams and his coaches had some decisions to make, however, as Jordan Zimmermann worked his way through the Miami Marlins' lineup on the way to the third no-hitter in D.C. baseball history.
"It's pretty silent as usual," Williams told reporters.
"[Bench coach] Randy [Knorr] and [pitching coach Steve McCatty] and I are taking it down the tunnel to talk so we don't do it in front of anybody. And it's one of those special days that everybody is proud to be a part of and certainly a fantastic end to our regular season.
"It's great to see him get mobbed by his teammates and have that celebration on the field. That's wonderful."
Zimmermann said his goal throughout the game was to just stick to the same approach he takes every time out.
"I just stuck to my game plan," he said. "Same thing I've been doing all year, just attack and try to get first-pitch strikes."
Afterwards, his goal was to survive the post no-hitter celebration which saw his teammates shower him with Gatorade and chase him around the field all the while playfully pummeling him.
"Try not to break a rib," Zimmermann joked. "It was awesome. I was just all smiles and those guys have been playing great behind me all year and to end it like this, it's special."
It was the kind of day when he even managed to outhit his opponents with two singles in three at bats.
It was just his day, huh?
"Obviously," Zimmermann laughed. "I mean, I don't know, I had five or six hits all year and I had two today, so it was just one of those special days."
He was being modest. He had eight hits going into the regular season finale.
All the Zimmermann no-hitter links we could find, plenty of links about Steven Souza's game-ending and no-hit-saving catch and more...
Links and lots of them, starting ... RIGHT NOW!!!!:
• THE BIG STORY!!!:
• "I’ve even gone to hundreds of big league games as a fan since I became a sportswriter. But I’d never seen a no-hitter until Sunday." - "After decades as a jinx, Thomas Boswell finally sees a live no-hitter" - Thomas Boswell The Washington Post
Saw my 1st no-hitter live today as writer (40 yrs) or fan (since '56). Worth wait. Z'mann-Souza unhex the jinx (me). http://t.co/EKnNZ5J2kU— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) September 29, 2014
• NATS BEAT (TODAY IN TWO PARTS):
• ZIMMERMANN LINKS:
• "Listen in as Charlie Slowes calls one of the most 'unbelievable' moments in Nats history." - "Audio: Jordan Zimmermann finishes off no-hitter" - Dan Steinberg, The Washington Post
• "In the Nationals' section of the box score for Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter, 16 names are listed above the pitcher's." - "Zimmermann's no-hitter a true team effort" - Andrew Simon, nationals.com
• "Zimmermann reached the apex of a career that began in Auburndale, a map-dot farming town in Wisconsin with a population of 738, not all of whom were necessarily watching Zimmermann record the last out." - "Jordan Zimmermann throws no-hitter in Nationals’ regular season finale" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
• "The Nationals right-hander tossed the first no-hitter in club history, a one-walk performance of pure beauty that began with 4 2/3 perfect innings and featured 10 strikeouts." - "Zimmermann throws no-hitter as Nationals top Marlins" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
• "The 27th and final out for Zimmermann, who struck out 10, will be remembered as the defensive highlight of the season for the Nationals." - "Zimmermann's no-no adds to aura of '27' in 2014" - Lyle Spencer, nationals.com
• "'What’ll we do if he goes six innings and hasn’t given up a hit?' McCatty asked. "'That isn’t funny,' said Williams..." - "Jordan Zimmermann no-hitter a fitting cap to Washington Nationals season" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post
• SOUZA'S CATCH:
• "Less than a week ago, Nationals slugger Steven Souza Jr. said he would like to improve his skills in the outfield." - "Souza saves Zimm's no-no with spectacular catch" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com
• "The defensive alignment in the final inning? Rookies Souza and Michael A. Taylor in left and center , respectively, and veteran Nate Schierholtz in right." - "When the Nationals use rookies like Stephen Souza Jr. in a no-hitter, there’s a catch" - James Wagner, The Washington Post
• "Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann tossed the first no-hitter in Nationals history, going nine innings, allowing one walk and striking out 10. He fired 104 pitches, 79 for strikes." - "Zimmermann on Nats historic no-hitter: 'One of those special days'" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com
•"In the third inning, as Zimmermann was cruising, McCatty looked up at the scoreboard and realized exactly how well his pupil of six years was doing." - "Zimmermann throws Nats’ 1st no-hitter that ends with amazing catch" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
• "Hours before batting practice, three Washington Nationals would jog out to right field with a football." - "Steven Souza Jr.'s no-hitter-saving catch owes much to football" - Tom Schad, Washington Times
• "'[Souza] couldn't have been more out of position for that play. But it ended up being perfect, because it put him in the perfect spot,' Werth said." - "Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals - September 28, 2014" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com WSH Recap
• WILSON RAMOS ON ZIMMERMANN:
• "It was Ramos’ greatest game defensively and will go down among his proudest moments." - "Nats’ Ramos shares moment in Zimmermann’s no-hitter" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
• "Zimmermann cut through the Marlins' lineup in a swift 121 minutes, registering 10 strikeouts and facing just one over the minimum." - "Nationals Pastime: Williams, Ramos, Souza react to Zimmermann's no-hitter" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com
• NON-ZIMMERMANN-SOUZA-RAMOS NATS BEAT:
• "Anthony Rendon finished with 111 runs, tops in the NL. Denard Span finished with 184 hits, tied for the NL lead with Ben Revere..." - "Leftovers from the final day of the regular season" - James Wagner, The Washington Post
• "'Any time you are No. 1 in any category, any list, it's a good feeling,' Span said. 'It's a humbling feeling. It's just awesome.'" - "Span sets Nationals' single-season hits record" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com
• "But where does Jordan Zimmerman’s no-hitter against the Miami Marlins fit into the best moments since the Washington Nationals arrived here?" - "Top 5 moments in Nationals history" - Barry Svrulga, The Washington Post
RE27PECT— Drew Storen (@DrewStoren) September 28, 2014
• "Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be first..." - "Nats likely to announce rotation Thursday" Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
• "In Harper, the Nationals have an aggressive, fast 21-year-old still learning how to swipe bags." - "Bryce Harper, with help from Jayson Werth, wants to steal more bases in the playoffs" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
• "'I feel old,' Zimmerman said Saturday with a laugh. 'A lot older than I was when I was 20.'" - "Ryan Zimmerman is 30" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
• Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama on Twitter (@DalaiLama):
If you’re angry and resentful it’s like being part of a chain reaction; forgiveness puts a stop to anger, ill-will and a desire for revenge.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) September 29, 2014
• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:
• "Amazing way to end a no-no." - "Diving Catch Saves Jordan Zimmerman No-Hitter [Fan VIDEO]" - Tony Manfred, Business Insider
• "3.66: That's the strikeout-walk ratio of the Washington Nationals pitching staff, the best in the majors since 1900." - "MLB by the numbers: 2014's most important stats" - Paul White, USA TODAY Sports
• "They didn't, so the Cardinals win the division and the Pirates will now host the NL wild-card game on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants." - "The National League is set: Reds beat Pirates to help Cards clinch NL Central" - Mike Oz, Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
• "How he won: Zimmermann got 19 swings and misses, the second-most in any start of his career and one shy of his career high, 20 against the Brewers on June 24, 2014." - "Top stats to know: Zimmermann's no-hitter" - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter was a good example of everything in MLB coming full circle. We explain here http://t.co/rpZwm8ySGq— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2014
• "Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann needed a little help from his defense to get the final out of his no-hitter." - "Steven Souza Jr.'s Amazing Catch Saves Jordan Zimmermann's No-Hitter (VIDEO)" - Michael Klopman, Huffington Post
• "Nearly one year to the day after Henderson Alvarez applied an exclamation point to the 2013 season by tossing a no-hitter on closing day for the Marlins, the script was reversed." - "Miami Marlins end season getting no-hit by Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals" - Clark Spencer, The Miami Herald
• "When asked what he thought when the ball left Yelich's bat, Zimmermann said he believed it was "a double. No-doubt double..." - "Derek Jeter Plays Final Game, Nationals Get Their First No-Hitter" - Doreen McCallister, The Two-Way : NPR
• "Nationals righty Jordan Zimmermann turned a 10-strikeout, one-walk no-hitter against the Marlins today, and Steven Souza capped it off with a thrilling catch in left field for the final out. It was the first no-hitter in Nationals history." - "Steven Souza's Brilliant Catch Completes Jordan Zimmermann's No-Hitter" - Samer Kalaf, Deadspin
• "In the heat of the moment, and that on the line, that might be one of the best plays I've ever seen, ever. Hats off for him for making that play. Hats off to Zimmermann for pitching a great game." - Christian Yelich -"Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals - September 28, 2014" - Joe Frisaro, MLB.com MIA Recap
• "It's also the second straight year a no-hitter happened on the final scheduled day of the regular season." - "Steven Souza's diving catch on final out gives Jordan Zimmermann a no-hitter" - David Brown, Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
• "One out away from the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals' history, Jordan Zimmermann watched Christian Yelich rip his 104th pitch of the game into the left-center field gap." - "Miami Marlins on opposite end of season-ending no-hitter" - Juan C. Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel
• "The Nationals' right-hander looked like he thought his no-hit bid was over." - "Watch Jordan Zimmermann react to the spectacular final out of his no-hitter" - Ted Berg, For The Win
• "Monday is the 10th anniversary of the announcement that baseball was returning to D.C. What happened on Sunday morning might be one of top three highlights of that decade..." - "Jordan Zimmermann throws first DC no-hitter since 1931 in Nats final regular season game" - William F. Yurasko, William World News
• "As with most no-hitters, this one required a terrific defensive play. Unlike most no-hitters though, in this one the defensive gem came on the very last out." - "Washington Nationals Game 162 Review: Zimmermann no-hits Marlins; First in Nats history" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page
• "Jordan Zimmermann closed out the Washington Nationals 2014 regular season with a strong exclamation point, tossing his first career no-hitter." - "It’s playoff time for the Washington Nationals, Zim tosses a No No" - Mark Buterbaugh, DC Pro Sports Report
• "Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no-hitter in Nationals history Sept. 28, and Zimmermann's teammates shared their congratulations on Twitter." - "Nationals Players Take To Twitter To Celebrate Jordan Zimmermann's No-Hitter" - Pressbox DC
• "With playoff home field advantage wrapped up by the home town Nats, the only thing undecided going into Sunday’s regular season finale was question of who would win the 2014 presidents race championship." - "Video: On historic day at Nationals Park, Teddy wins his first presidents race championship (and some other stuff)" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!
• "Jordan Zimmermann gets double Gatorade bath, bubble gum shower, pie in the face, after his no hitter (Video)" - Nats Enquirer
• "He’s Got It. He’s Got It. It’s A No-Hitter" - Center Field Gate
• NL EAST UPDATES:
• Phillies: "Phillies fans made fun of Craig Kimbrel on Saturday night, but the closer got the last laugh as he recorded saves in each of the Braves' final two games of the season against the Phillies." - "Video: Phillies fans mocked Craig Kimbrel on Saturday night" - Bill Baer, HardballTalk
• Braves: "Upton broke Dan Uggla's franchise strikeout record (171) on Friday night and increased it to 173 on Saturday, which is when his younger brother Justin Upton tied Uggla's mark." - "B.J. Upton's season ends with club strikeout record" - Mark Bowman, braves.com
• Marlins: "The Miami Marlins end the year with another no-hitter, except this time it's Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals who delivers it against the Fish despite a solid effort by Henderson Alvarez." - "MLB Scores: Marlins 0, Nationals 1" - Michael Jong, Fish Stripes
• Mets: "After six straight losing seasons, the Mets appear capable of contending in 2015, but will face some key decisions this offseason and into spring training. Here’s a look..." - "Five decisions the Mets need to make" - Mike Puma, New York Post