On Mothers Day 2010, Oakland A’s Dallas Braden threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history.
Congratulations to Dallas.
As you can see on his page on Baseball-Reference, I sponsor his page, and have sponsored it since early last season.
You probably know his story. I heard it early last season, and that is why I sponsored his page at BR.
He was raised by his grandmother in high school after his mother died of cancer. He was a troubled kid, and was going to join the marines so as not to be a burden to his grandmother. Braden would sleep in his truck, had nowhere to go until he enrolled at American River College, where he played baseball.
Braden always said the baseball saved his life. But his contrived dispute with Alex Rodriguez made him a national figure.
His rift with Alex is so overblown. But Alex was wrong to run across the mound, and Braden was also wrong by calling Alex out publicly on it.
Just plunk him next time he faces the Yankee third baseman.
Alex was very complimentary towards Braden, as were the rest of the Yankees, who were late getting on the field for batting practice as they were watching the final two innings of the perfecto.