Braden Shuts Down Formidable Rays Offense

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.

Apparently, Braden’s grandma was still thinking about the incident after Sunday’s perfect game.

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.

1 Response

  1. Tim

    What’s interesting is to contemplate is; Would Braden have thrown this complete game without the whole A-Rod tiff? There’s no doubt that one of the reasons why A-Rod was so indifferent to Braden’s comptempt was because he felt that Braden didn’t have the big league cred to question him. This is his third start since A-Rod ran over “his mound”. Could it be that he finally figured out how to channel that anger into his pitching? Would he have thrown this perfect game now (or ever) if A-Rod hadn’t run over the his mound? We’ll never know but I’ll say he wouldn’t have because it’s good TV.

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