Dallas ”Get Off My Mound” Braden’s Perfect Mother’s Day

Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics isn’t an overpowering pitcher, but as I said in my preview a  month ago, he’s a gamer, and will give you everything he has when you put the ball in his hand. Whenever he’s on the mound he doesn’t back down. He’s already proved that twice this year. He proved that by telling A-Rod to get off his mound. He followed that up today by throwing a perfect game against one of the best teams in the leagues, Tampa Bay. I caught innings six through nine, and he never really looked nervous, just fired up the way he always is. After Kaplar fouled off what felt like 20 pitches in the 6th, Dallas cruised the rest of the way and only fell behind one hitter 3-1 after that. I was strangely confident that he was going to come through while I watched, maybe a little too confident for comfort. The main reason was because he threw a ton of strikes mixing up speeds and locations. He was hitting the target nearly every pitch. Since he’s not overpowering it was truly a masterful performance. Braden is a guy that didn’t seem like he was ever overwhelmed by it on the mound, he just kept dealing with one pitch at a time. He had a ton of friends and family including grandma on hand, as he bought out a lot of section 209 to watch the game. It was the first perfect game in Oakland since Catfish Hunter decades ago. Dave Stewart threw a no hitter in 1990, but there has been nothing since! I’m not sure if the difference was NOT having their normal catcher Kurt Suzuki behind the plate. Instead he had Landon Powell, his catcher he worked with routinely in AAA, and from what I saw he rarely shook off a pitch, so you have to give Powell a little of the credit. The one bad thing about this perfect game is if/when he does bean A-Rod, it will be more obvious because now everyone knows he has great control!

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8 responses to “Dallas ”Get Off My Mound” Braden’s Perfect Mother’s Day

  • Chris Humpherys

    Is it fair to say Dallas pitched like a mother today?

  • tophatal


    It’s not so much that he achieved it but how he did and the emotional tear also ! His grandmother who raised him was there to witness it all. Braden apparently lost his mother (died) as a child. So it was left to his grandmother to raise him . A tremendous performance by him and the A’s !

    Alan Parkins

  • tophatal


    Since when did the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson become privy to knowing what’s best for the Eagles ? He talks all of the bull_hit ’bout McNabb after the guy has been traded rather than facing him man to man ! That’s what I call a fu_king bull_hit artist who’s full of his own self importance. Kevin Kolb will be lucky if the team can eke out 9 wins this upcoming season with him leading them as their qb !

    McNabb returns Jackson’s barbs with some of his own

    When Donovan McNabb(notes) left Philadelphia, he made sure not to burn bridges on his way down I-95 to Washington. Perhaps it’s because he wanted to save that for later.

    Days after his former receiver, DeSean Jackson(notes), told The Sporting News that he was “very happy” with the decision to trade McNabb to the Redskins and that he doesn’t “think we lost anything” as a result, McNabb returned the barb with a passive-aggressive dig at his new NFC East rival.

    “It’s so wild when people get to talking when you’re not there, but when you’re there everybody loves you,” McNabb said.

    “So I guess people will go deeper into it than I will. I’m a Redskin, no longer an Eagle. I had 11 great years and I’m moving on with my life, so whoever may say things when I’m gone, more power to them, but it’s not making you look like a bigger man.”

    Two things: First, I’m pretty sure everybody didn’t love McNabb all the time when he was in Philly or else he wouldn’t be in Washington right now. Second of all, I thought you weren’t going to “go deeper into it,” Donovan? Yet isn’t that exactly what you did in the sentences following that statement? You can’t stake out the moral high ground right before slinging mud. Adding something like “I shouldn’t say this, but …” doesn’t give you immunity to say whatever you’d like after.

    If you want to go after Jackson, do it. He deserves it. His comments were unnecessary, insulting and will follow him around incessantly should either he or Kevin Kolb(notes) get off to a slow start this year. It’s like he set aside fuel to add to a fire that may or may not burn. But take a shot at him, don’t cower behind empty words and a media that enables your martyr-complex. (ESPN.com actually wrote the following sentence in its write-up of the spat: “On Saturday, McNabb took the high road in responding to Jackson’s comments.”)

    DeSean Jackson should think the Eagles will be better without Donovan McNabb and McNabb should think Jackson is wrong for believing that. But this is something to be decided on the football field. This stuff belongs in the sandbox.


    Alan Parkins

  • tophatal


    Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any worse in baseball . It’s on the cusp of really getting bad . Rangers’ owner Tom Hicks has so pis_ed off his creditors as well as the lone prospective bidders for the team that Selig may well have to intervene. If that happens then MLB will have to purchase the organization and pay off the Rangers’ debts which are said to be in excess of $200 million.

    And by all accounts the bidding syndicate are said to be no longer interested in dealing with Hicks directly or with anyone from within the organization.
    If that happens and Chuck Greenberg drops out of the bidding then MLB is stuck with a franchise that can’t even meet its financial obligations of paying its own damn staff much less its other bills. They either declare bankruptcy or have MLB and the other owners now meet the Rangers’ outstanding obligations until another potential bidder can be found .

    Alan Parkins

  • tophatal


    Here’s one that you can sink your teeth into .

    The NFL Has A Zero Tolerance of What ?

    Alan Parkins

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