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Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. It took 107 pitches for Braden to reach perfection and it was the first perfect game in the majors since last season when Chicago’s Mark Buehrle threw one against…Tampa Bay.
As great as a feat as this is, there is one thing on everyone’s mind: How A-Rod feels. If you remember, back on April 22nd, Dallas Braden was none-to-pleased when, in the middle of an inning, Alex Rodriguez trotted aross the pitcher’s mound while returning to first base. Braden said A-Rod had broken an unwritten rule of baseball and warned A-Rod that there would be repercussions for his actions.
A-rod dismissed Braden’s comments and this unwritten rule:
“I’ve never quite heard that, especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career. I’ve never even heard of that in my career and I still don’t know.”
Braden added fuel to the fire earlier in the week when he responded to A-Rod’s comments:
“One, I was always told if you give a fool enough rope, he’ll hang himself, and with those comments, he had all the rope he needed. No. 2, I didn’t know there was a criteria in order to compete against A-Rod.”
“He’s an individualistic player, he plays for the name on the back of the jersey, not the front. I don’t know if he’s noticed, but he doesn’t have a name on the back over there so he should play for the name on the front.”
In such a short time, this feud had a beginning, middle, and end. With this incredible achievement under his belt, Braden has made a name for himself around baseball.
Hopefully now, A-Rod will stay off the man’s mound.