Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Dallas Braden forces another rewrite of "Harvey Haddix"

Screen grab from the game.  Congratulations, Dallas!

Screen grab from the game. Congratulations, Dallas!

It’s fun to have something exiting to write about!  Late this afternoon, Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden threw the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Not too shabby, eh?

Braden’s name might sound familiar to you.  He’s the pitcher who gave Alex Rodriguez the business earlier in the season when ARod used the pitcher’s mound as a shortcut.  ARod responded to Braden’s criticisms of his breaking an unwritten rule by saying:

“He just told me to get off his mound. I was a little surprised. I’d never quite heard that. Especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career … I thought it was pretty funny actually.”

Then when Braden held on to it like a bulldog with a bone and kept saying things about how maybe now the Yankees and ARod would respect the A’s more now (fat chance) ARod came back with this:

“I think Major League Baseball reads the same articles as we do,” Rodriguez said. “Now, look, I really don’t want to extend his extra 15 minutes of fame.”

I think Dallas just earned himself another 15 minutes without any help from ARod.

Now, in all fairness, Braden said some pretty pointed things about ARod (none that seemed to be untrue but definitely things you don’t often hear fellow major leaguers say about each other) – but that really just makes me like him more.  My dislike of Rodriguez is well documented and I think it’s about time players stop caring about how they look and tell the truth when situations like this come up.  So Dallas already won a spot in my heart.

How’s this for warming the cockles?  Dallas’ mom died from skin cancer when he was in high school and his grandmother raised him after that.  He credits her and baseball with keeping him off the streets, out of gangs and out of trouble.  He grew up in Stockton, California (area code 209) and today he bought the tickets in section 209 and brought all his friends out for the game – and his grandmother was there too.  It’s almost like everything aligned perfectly for Dallas to make this a historic game for him.

Word has it (I haven’t seen or heard this myself, just getting second hand info from A’s beat writer Susan Slusser) that Dallas’ grandma added “”Stick it, A-Rod” while answering questions after the game.  My own grandmother passed away seven years ago this month and I promise you if Dallas were her grandson, she wouldn’t have been so polite to use the phrase ‘stick it”.  So Dallas’ grandma gets points for being delicate.  🙂

The Oakland A’s broadcaster’s call:

“He did it! He did it! Dallas Braden has thrown a perfect game! Holy cow!”

Congratulations to Dallas Braden. So nice to have something in baseball that we can genuinely celebrate today!

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May 9, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I really hope the ‘Stick it, A-Rod’ quote is actually true. It’s already Internet-true.

    I find it odd that six of the 19 perfect games have happened in the relatively few years I’ve been following baseball closely (1994 to now).
    Are pitchers getting better or hitters getting worse?

    Comment by HorshamScouse | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. Only way that perfect game could have been more perfect is if he did it against the MFY and we could watch perennial replays of A-Rod, that spectacular ass, whiffing and popping up and grounding out and having no opportunities to get anywhere near the pitcher’s mound.

    Good on you, mate, Dallas Braden!

    And good on our Crabcakes for sticking it to the MFY with a strong performance to ensure victory in what felt like a crucial game for the Sox. Call me a fool, but I still have a good feeling about our club. I think we’ll be right in the mix come September. There’s way too much talent, spirit, and experience here not to put it together down the road.

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. Not that I’m a Yankee fan (you could tell, right?) but that organization has been distinguished by so many truely great ballplayers. . . it’s ookey that a classless-blob-in-desperate-need-of-therapy-and-beamdown-to-the-real-world like Rodriguez will get a plaque in that monument park right next to a champ like Rivera. Ick.

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | May 10, 2010 | Reply


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