May 9, 2010 4:43 PM Subscribe
posted by dirigibleman (47 comments total)
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Dallas Braden had a rough childhood
. A problem child in the tough neighborhood of Stockton, California, he was raised by his mother and, after she died, his grandmother, both of whom he credits for turning his life around. Today, on Mother's Day, in front of a small home crowd and his grandmother, Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history
and the second in as many years against the white-hot Tampa Bay Rays. This also happened to be 42 years and 1 day after the A's only other perfect game
, by Catfish Hunter.
Prior to today, Braden was perhaps best known for calling out Alex Rodriguez
for violating the "unwritten rule" against running across the pitchers mound. A-Rod at one point accused Braden of trying to extend his "15 minutes of fame".