Cheers to Halladay … and Braden (again)
I’m thinking Dallas Braden is in bed right about now dreaming of another perfect game. After all, he was only allowed to celebrate his first one for 20 days before some guy by the name of Roy Halladay decided to do the same thing. In all honesty, though, a huge congratulations goes out to Doc, who did the unthinkable Saturday by recording baseball’s second perfecto in less than a month. Unlike Braden, he’s exactly the the type of pitcher with whom you correlate extraordinary events such as these. At the same time, you have to start wondering, as A’s strength and conditioning coach Bob Alejo said, about the uniqueness of perfect games now. Will they become a monthly happening before too long? I doubt it, but I had to laugh at Alejo’s comment: “It’s like the four-minute mile. Everyone’s going to start doing it.”
Well, if that’s true, Mr. Braden has a chance to continue the trend tomorrow when he faces the Tigers at Comerica Park. He’s coming off a start in which he left early due to a sprained ankle, so a perfect nine might not be in the cards. That’s OK, though, because the A’s won’t soon forget Braden’s special feat thanks to a gift he awarded them last week in honor of their help May 9.
To celebrate the perfect game, Braden shared one of his favorite rare luxuries, Crown Royal XR (“Extra Rare”), with each of his teammates, who received a bottle of XR with a personalized embroidered Crown Royal XR bag — complete with a congratulatory message commemorating the historic event.
“There is no perfect game without perfect teamwork,” Braden said. “I hope this will always remind them of the historic moment we shared together.”
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