Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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Four years ago on Mother’s Day, most of us were honoring our mothers and grandmothers for everything they do with parties, presents, flowers and family meals, but not Dallas Braden. After losing his mother to cancer during his senior year of high school, Braden’s grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, continued to raise the young man. On May 9, 2010, Braden thanked his grandmother for everything by earning one of the most significant accomplishments in baseball, pitching a perfect game.
On that fateful day against the Tampa Bay Rays, Braden faced 27 batters, struck out six and sent each of them packing back to the dugout. Braden was the 19th player in MLB history to throw a perfect game and I don’t think anyone saw it coming. Just earlier that week, the 26-year old Braden got into a spat with Alex Rodriguez for breaking one of baseballs unwritten rules and walking over “his” mound during a game. On top of that drama hanging over his head, Braden was pitching to Landon Powell, who was a recently called-up catcher from the minors. The odds were stacked against Braden, but this was his moment. With his grandmother in the stands, the day couldn’t have been scripted any better for one of baseball’s promising young stars, or so we thought.
After throwing the perfect game, Braden went to his grandmother in the stands and embraced her with tears and emotion. Still to this day with the storyline that was involved, Braden’s perfect game and moment with his grandma is one of the greatest moments in sports history. I will always remember that day, but many people may not remember Braden.
After getting his chance to make a solid impact for the Oakland Athletics in 2010, Braden was earning his keep. Braden had posted a 4-2 record with a 3.33 ERA after the perfect game and unfortunately, that was about as good as it got. Braden finished the season with an 11-14 record and after only 3 starts in 2011 and countless shoulder surgeries that was the last we saw of Dallas Braden. Braden officially retired from the game of baseball in 2014 and no matter what people say about his career, Braden was perfect on the most perfect of days and that will never change.
On behalf of all of us at ‘Our Sports Report’, I would like to thank each and everyone of our mothers, grandmothers and mother-like figures for everything you have done for us over the years and continue to do for us because a mother’s love runs deeper than we could ever imagine. Dallas Braden may have not had his mom in the stands that day, but after his most unlikely of perfection, there was no doubt that Braden’s mom was with him on that perfect day.
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