ImageWith baseball's opening days upon us, we were reminded of one of the most astounding real-life stories we've heard in recent years -- astounding in terms of coincidence and statistical improbability. In short, the wife of a Travel Weekly colleague actually was in attendance at three no-hit games at three different ballparks over three straight years. What makes it even sweeter is that the wife, whom we'll call M., was at the latter two games with the man who is now her husband, whom we'll call G. Now, for those innocent enough of baseball not to realize the rarity of a no-hitter, in any given season, it is not unusual for there to have been only two or three such events in the course of the roughly 2,300 Major League games played from April to October. And as for G. and M., G. said during the three years in question, he and/or M. attended a total of perhaps 10 or 12 games, three of which shook out as follows: In 1990, M. was at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia with her brother when Terry Mulholland no-hit the Giants, and the following year, she was at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore with her new boyfriend, G., when Chicago's Wilson Alvarez shut down the Orioles. Then in 1992, on their honeymoon in California, G. and M. were at Chavez Ravine in L.A. when the Giants' Kevin Gross threw a schneid against the Dodgers -- the only no-hitter of that season. G. and M., happy to say, are expecting their first child -- in early April, when else? One way or another, we know it's the little one's destiny to be a fan, so we wish him or her a long and happy life -- and at least one no-hitter.

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