If a Dodger pitcher throws a no-hitter and 70% of Dodger fans can’t watch it on TV, does is still count as a great day for Dodger baseball?

Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter in Philadelphia.

Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter in Philadelphia.

So call me superstitious! I don’t like to mention a no-hitter when the no-hitter is in progress. I don’t like to amend what I’m doing for it or call anyone to say, “Hey, turn on the TV!” (That doesn’t matter anyway, because hardly anyone I know has Time Warner Cable.)

So yesterday, I had to drive out to the Valley. I turned on my radio and discovered there was a game on. (I forget when I’m not looking forward to seeing it on TV.) I hear Rick Monday saying, “The Phillies are still looking for their first hit,” and I’m thinking, “Yikes! Don’t think no-hitter, don’t say anything about it. Thank god Charley Steiner isn’t on the radio for this game.” (If he says, “The Dodgers are one strike away from winning the game,” my boys in blue are invariably going to lose said game.)

So as I drove to Northridge, I listened to the 7th inning, then the 8th. My heart was beating just a little faster, I felt adrenaline surging through me. I got to my first destination just as the 9th was about to start.

Big decision: Sit in the car and listen, or go do the business I had come to do.

I have been down this road before. I’ve delayed entering Ralph’s so I can listen as one or another of my Dodgers has a no-no into the fifth or sixth, and invariably, the second or third batter breaks it up. So this time, I said, “No. I will act as if nothing is happening.”

I get out of the car, do my business, and when I get back to my Saturn, I turn on the radio, and there’s a guy going to second on defensive indifference. “Shit!” I thought. “It didn’t happen. One of those damn Phillies broke it up while I was away. Oh well.”

Now, I knew that my ultimate destination has TWC, so I waited to see what happened when I got to the place with the TV. Nomar Garciaparra and the other guy are talking about Josh Beckett’s first career no-hitter, the first in 18 years for the Blue Crew, the 11th for the L.A. Dodgers, the 21st in Dodger history. It was awesome to know it was possible, and it felt like a turning point for this team that has been struggling to find itself.

Charley Steiner

Charley Steiner

Then SportsNet LA ran a montage of TV play-by-play announcer, the aforementioned Charley Steiner, saying after every inning, “Josh Beckett has a no-hitter through 6…Josh Beckett has a no-hitter through 7, etc., etc.” And I thought, “Geez, I’m glad I wasn’t watching this on TV.”

Maybe Charley Steiner is only a jinx on the radio.