Yes, chicks dig the long ball. But you know what else I dig? No-hitters, especially perfect games. On Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010, Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics pitched just the 19th perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball. With his grandmother in attendance, who raised him since his mother passed away from cancer during his senior year of high school, Braden extended his 15 minutes of fame against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays are no stranger to being the victim of a perfect game. Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox accomplished the same feat against them just last season on July 23, 2009.
Not only did Dallas Braden no-hit one of the best teams in baseball, he did so by throwing 109 pitches (77 for strikes) and not allowing a single walk through 9 innings. He struck out six in his quest to become the first A’s pitcher to achieve perfection since Catfish Hunter did it on May 8, 1968.
Take a look at his line, ’cause this isn’t something you see every day:
No matter what team you’re a fan of, you have to admit that what Braden accomplished Sunday afternoon was absolutely impressive. And if you weren’t rooting for it, you’re probably either a Rays fan…or just have no appreciation for baseball.
Now, watch Braden retire Gabe Kapler to finish off his perfect game: