Congratulations to Dallas Braden

What a game. So efficient. Such great control. Do your thing Dallas, and fans, please give it up for the 209.

Pic from the Trib
BTW, the hug with his grandma made me a little verklempt. Braden lost his mother to cancer in high school, and his grandmother raised him. I lost my mom to cancer a few years back, so I can relate. Wherever you go, whomever you pitch for, I will always root for you, Dallas Braden.

	1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9	R	H	E
TAM	0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0	0	0	1
OAK	0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 -	4	12	0

Tampa Bay Rays
Hitters		AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	#P	AVG
J Bartlett SS	3	0	0	0	0	0	11	.248
C Crawford LF	3	0	0	0	0	1	10	.308
B Zobrist 2B	3	0	0	0	0	0	12	.259
E Longoria 3B	3	0	0	0	0	1	16	.325
C Pena 1B	3	0	0	0	0	0	7	.183
B Upton CF	3	0	0	0	0	2	9	.225
W Aybar DH	3	0	0	0	0	2	13	.273
D Navarro C	3	0	0	0	0	0	10	.150
G Kapler RF	3	0	0	0	0	0	21	.220
Totals		27	0	0	0	0	6	109	

Oakland Athletics
Hitters		AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	#P	AVG
C Pennington SS	5	1	1	0	0	0	13	.269
D Barton 1B	5	2	3	0	0	0	25	.296
R Sweeney RF	4	0	2	1	0	1	12	.304
K Kouzmanoff 3B	4	1	2	1	0	2	16	.275
E Chavez DH	3	0	1	0	1	1	17	.239
A Rosales 2B	3	0	1	0	1	1	15	.273
E Patterson LF	4	0	0	0	0	2	18	.200
L Powell C	4	0	2	1	0	1	13	.143
R Davis CF	4	0	0	0	0	1	11	.227
Totals		36	4	12	3	2	9	140	

Tampa Bay Rays
Pitchers	IP	 H	 R	ER	BB	SO	HR	PC-ST
J Shields
(L, 4-1)	6.0	11	4	3	1	6	0	108-72
D Wheeler	1.0	0	0	0	1	3	0	19-12
A Sonnanstine	1.0	1	0	0	0	0	0	13-8
Totals		8.0	12	4	3	2	9	0	140-92	 
PITCHING
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: J Shields 16/30; D Wheeler 1/4; A Sonnanstine 2/4 
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: J Shields 21-10-19-22; 
D Wheeler 1-5-6-0; A Sonnanstine 2-0-2-4 
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: J Shields 5-7; D Wheeler 0-0; A Sonnanstine 1-2

Oakland Athletics
Pitchers	IP	 H	 R	ER	BB	SO	HR	PC-ST
D Braden
(W, 4-2)	9.0	0	0	0	0	6	0	109-77
Totals		9.0	0	0	0	0	6	0	109-77	 
PITCHING
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: D Braden 17/27 
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: D Braden 25-5-29-18 
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: D Braden 7-14

Stadium		Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Attendance	12,228 (34.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time	2:07
Weather		59 degrees, cloudy
Wind		20 mph
Umpires		Home Plate - Jim Wolf, First Base - Derryl Cousins, 
		Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Todd Tichenor

17 thoughts on “Congratulations to Dallas Braden

  1. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving pitcher – the guy who put self-absorbed Pay-Rod in his place.

  2. Verklempt? Dude, I cried and hugged my daughters.

  3. Most emotional I’ve been after a baseball game since 1988 WS game 1, except this time it was tears of joy.

  4. I had a feeling in the 5th inning and decided to start recording the game. Hats off to Dallas Braden. The A’s and their fans needed something tangible to feel good about and you gave it to us. Thank you.

  5. Simply awesome. I got giddy after the last out, and teared up when he hugged is grandmother.

    I started to get a little ticked when the TV announcers kept mentioning the perfect game around the 8th inning. I realized byt the 9th that every time they mentioned it increased the chances that someone who isn’t a big baseball fan would be listening and, witnessing history, form an attachment to the team that would last a lifetime.

  6. And only 12,000 fans in attendance…

  7. Let’s keep this rare, wonderful moment positive, shall we?

  8. The A’s fans needed something like this, to get through the negativity of the last five years.

  9. @Ezra and let me guess, you weren’t at the game?

  10. This was the first game I completely missed this year because my 8 year-old-son was in a play today. He was hilarious and unforgettable, so I can hardly have regrets. Besides I just watched it on DVR and I still got moist and weepy at the end, even knowing how it would turn out. What an inspirational character Braden is turning into!

  11. I only slept 3 hours due to the time difference, but first and foremost because of the exitement that couln’t get me some sleep. I remember watching Mark Buehrle’s perfect game last year via MLB.TV and I remember the scenery and all the joy and happiness.
    Now being lucky enough to witness a perfect game for my favorite team is just awesome. This will lighten up my week and the whole baseball season no matter whats next. Congrats to 209!!!

    btw: kinda cool reading german words like “verklempt” but it was perfect used to discribe the situation and the feelings!

  12. Awesome performance! Watched the final 4 innings with my wife and son. First the Sharks win over the Red Wings, and then the perfect game. What a weekend.

    Just out of curiosity I checked out KNBR’s website to see if there was any coverage. Not a word.

  13. Was out all day Sunday and missed the game entirely. Damn!!
    I remember Stew’s no-hitter very well back in 1990. It was on my B-day, but in Toronto, so I wasn’t there, but I also remember Fernando Valenzuela throwing one the same day.

  14. @jk, I remember Stew’s as well. A highlight of my life was meeting him last year in Cooperstown and tell him how I listened to the end of the no hitter in a car driving from Lemoore, Ca to Fremont with my brother and Uncle. After the game was over we listened to craptastic Top 40 radio and sang along to Fine Young Cannibals “She Drives Me Crazy” with heartfelt gusto all 700 times it came on. Only a No Hitter by Stew could make that song bearable…

  15. …and remember how Fernando Valenzuela threw a no-hitter a few hours’ later, taking the spotlight away from Stewart?

  16. @Marine Layer

    Hey, I didn’t say anything negative. It could have easily been interpreted that way, but it could also be looked at that only 12,000 fans got to see this amazing feet in person. That should make those that are there really feel that they were a part of something special.

    @WalnutCreekFan

    Great knee-jerk reaction… seems like you’re trying to cover for your own failures… anyway I live in Los Angeles, not the bay area. I do try to go to A’s games whenever I’m visiting the bay area (with the bad economy that’s unfortunately less common than it used to be).

  17. “…only 12,000 fans got to see this amazing feet in person.”

    Heh, but 20 years from now, there will be ten times that number claiming to have been there.

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