For just the 19th time in over a century of Major League Baseball, a pitcher was perfect.
Oakland Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden turned the trick Sunday on Mother’s Day, shutting down the potent Tampa Bay Rays offense.
It hasn’t even been 10 months since the last perfect game. That one was tossed by another soft thrower in Chicago’s Mark Buehrle.
I was able to watch the final few innings of Buehrle’s perfect game on TV. But on Sunday, moms came first, so I wasn’t around to see this one. I’ll have to try and record it if it’s replayed anywhere.
Braden is probably best known for his verbal scrum with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod broke one of baseball’s unwritten rules by running over the pitcher’s mound when crossing from one side of the field to the other in a game between the two teams last month that Braden was starting. Braden was unhappy about it, and said so, which led to A-Rod saying he was surprised someone like Braden with such a low win total would make such a remark.
This should put the whole issue to rest. As recently as Wednesday, Braden was still talking about it. But I think we can all agree that A-Rod has probably now heard of Dallas Braden.