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Fans take care not to jinx it, and history is made again

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Globe Correspondent / May 20, 2008

David Trivett knew by the end of the fifth inning that a Red Sox pitcher would throw the team's 18th no-hitter last night. But he could not talk about it.

"I said to the guy next to me, 'You know what's about to happen, right?' and he nodded, and that's it," said Trivett, 43, of Alabama. He said real fans know that talking about a no-hitter in the making is a sure way to jinx the game.

While Trivett sat quietly, he said he did not think the rest of the crowd was as aware that history was about to be made.

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, 24, walked two batters in a no-hit, 7-0 game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park last night. The team's last no-hitter was thrown by Clay Buchholz last September, in a 10-0 game against the Baltimore Orioles.

"You could go to baseball games for a lifetime and never see that," said Trivett, who was in Boston on business.

The crowd loved the game, said Amanda Hampson, 23, of South Hampton, who celebrated with thousands of fans outside Fenway Park.

"Every time we went up to bat, they were ready to party," Hampson said of the crowd, many of whom watched with anxiety.

The fans continued to party outside the stadium after the big win, dancing an Irish jig to a bagpiper's tunes and crowding the doorways of nearby bars.

Max Silvera was particularly euphoric, as he and his friends paraded down Yawkey Way, cheering and waving their arms. Silvera, 22, of Fitchburg, celebrates every May 19, his birthday, but this year was different.

"There's nothing better on your birthday than a no-hitter," he said.

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