Dallas Braden Perfect Game?

Dallas Braden became the second Oakland A's pitcher and 19th in Major League Baseball history to pitch a perfect game Sunday, May 9, 2010 retiring 27 consecutive batters in beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0.

Dallas Braden, best known for inciting a verbal war of words with Alex Rodriguez that the New York Yankees superstar predicted would only "extend his 15 minutes of fame," instead ensured his place in baseball history Sunday afternoon with his perfect game.

Less than three weeks ago Alex Rodriguez crossed over Dallas Braden's mound and dismissed him as "a guy who has a handful of wins in his career," what is he going to say now?
What did you think about Dallas Braden's perfect game?

asked by Coby in Baseball | 3066 views | 05-10-2010 at 12:30 AM

Braden, pitching on Mother's Day in front of the grandmother who raised him after his own mother died, pitched the 19th perfect game in baseball history.

Dallas Braden threw the 19th perfect game in major league history today, just three starts after he barked at the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez for running across his mound.

Braden owned the day in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay, fanning six batters and throwing 77 of his 109 pitches for strikes. The perfect game improved Braden's record to 4-2 and lowered his ERA to 3.33. Decent numbers, but nothing that would have given any indication that he'd make history against one of the highest-scoring teams in baseball.

Rodriguez opened the weekend at Fenway Park by saying that he would not be drawn further into a war of words with Braden, who had criticized A-Rod again in a recent interview with the A's. He then prepared to close the three-game series against the Red Sox by praising him.

Braden's hometown, Stockton, ranked near the top of Forbes' list of least desirable towns to live in. Braden credits the women in his life for keeping him on the straight and narrow.

After Braden's historic accomplishment, The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, through her Twitter account, posted: "Dallas Braden's grandmother is here and speaking to the press. She says, and I'm not joking, 'Stick it, A-Rod.'"

At 26, Braden is the youngest pitcher to throw a perfect game since the Angelsí Mike Witt in 1984, when he was 24. The last pitcher with fewer career victories at the time of his perfect game was Charlie Robertson, whose 1922 gem for the Chicago White Sox was his second career win.

answered by George | 05-10-2010 at 12:50 AM

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