Even Showalter, who normally shows as much emotion as a rock, broke into such celebration he nearly whacked his head on the dugout roof. Then again, the last out provided as much relief to him as anyone. "No one wants to be blamed for doing anything to jinx a no-hitter," he said. "I had to go to the bathroom for the last four innings, but I was afraid to go."
Abbott took home two bottles of champagne and later, accompanied by his wife, Dana, met Mattingly at an Upper East Side restaurant for dinner. By then people were already stopping him to sign early copies of the next day's papers.
On Sunday the Yankee Stadium grounds crew, which had dug out the pitching rubber from the mound, presented Abbott with the slab, which all of his teammates had signed. The Hall of Fame called for his hat and the baseball. "There's been so much excitement about this," he said. With Abbott, the wonder never ends.