Scout found no hitter, but a pitching gem

Gordon Edes – The Boston Globe

From a delightful article in the Boston Globe about Jim Robinson, a Boston Red Sox scout who found Clay Buchholz, the author of a no-hitter the other day.
Robinson, 38, has three boys, ranging in age from 4 to 9; his wife, Shauna, works full-time in their adopted hometown of Fort Worth, and like many couples of a certain age, he frets about the hours he spends away from home. With his territory as big as it is, Robinson estimates he puts 35,000-37,000 miles a year on the Volvo.
His idea of a good day scouting was the time McLeod flew down to meet him in Houston, they drove three hours north to see Buchholz pitch in a junior college game for Angelina College in Lufkin at noon, then turned around and made the three-hour drive back to see another top prospect, Stephen Marek (now in the Angels system), pitch that night in Houston.
The hours, the miles, the separations, they are all forgotten on nights like last Saturday, when Robinson switched on the TV in his living room and saw Buchholz making history in Fenway Park. Shauna was in the other room. He told her what was happening around the seventh inning, “but I told her to stay there, I didn’t want her to mess up the karma.”
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