Dallas Braden is now one of 18 players to share the company of Lee Richmond in one of baseball's most select clubs, which is saying something when you consider Richmond, born in 1857, was probably already throwing a baseball when Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. What we're saying is perfect games are pretty rare, even if we have seen two in the last 10 months.
There are plenty of subplots with Braden's gem. Is he now famous for something other than calling out Alex Rodriguez for stepping on his mound? Did the Rays' Evan Longoria break an even more important unwritten rule by laying down a bunt in the game? (Last week, SportsNation said bunting in a no-no is fine. But this morning? Not so much.)
But beyond all that, we're wondering what individual feat would be the ultimate to watch in person? A pitcher throwing a perfect game? A running back rushing for 300 yards? A pro golfer acing a hole? Is there anything you'd rather see in person than perfection?
I LOVE seeing no-no's, perfect games, 4 home run games, cycles, and the such being done. They are so rare and such a joy to see. Seeing the feat done is one thing, but seeing the athlete's unadulterated joy is a whole different level of fun.” -- breeze20
12,000 peeps watched the game, but prolly 50K are already claiming they were there and that number will swell to 150K in five years.” -- stevarino2009