Sunday, May 9, 2010

ARod nemesis Braden perfect on Mother's Day

Picking a fight with Alex Rodriguez is apparently great for your career. Dallas Braden's willingness (and some would say foolishness) to stand up to ARod for his perceived lack of respect caught the attention of the baseball world. Now Braden is famous for all the right reasons, pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

In tossing the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, Braden was both jubilant and tearful. The fact that his moment of perfection came on Mother's Day must be bittersweet for Braden, who lost his mother to cancer as a teenager (something I can relate to, having lost my mother at a very young age). There was a wonderful moment on the field with a long hug for his grandmother, to whom he's obviously very close.
"He's lived baseball since he was five years old," his proud grandmother Peggy Lindsey said. "I wish his mom was here to enjoy it."

I was always amused by all the nonsense spun by media people and some of the New York Yankees themselves that Braden had no right to confront ARod about the unwritten rules of baseball because he only had 17 wins in his big-league career. He's just as much a big leaguer as ARod, who really has no business telling other players or anyone else for that matter how to behave. But now that Braden's achieved the ultimate victory, he has definitely earned the right to say whatever he wants.

It's a wonderful moment for Braden. Even ARod sent along his congratulations, as he should.

Thanks to Gimpy56 via en.Wikipedia for the photo.

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