Perfection Found Twice In A Season

By: Brian Meador
By: Brian Meador

A perfect game is thrown on average about once in every 11,000 games played at the major league level. Hard to believe two have been pitched and we aren't even at the all-star break yet.

Roy Halladay tossed Major League Baseball's 20th perfect game Saturday night against the Florida Marlins.  It's the first time since 1880 that a pair of perfect games were thrown in the same season.

Emotions ran high earlier this month when Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Not only did he retire all 27 batters he faced for the league's 19th perfect game, but he tossed that gem on Monday's Day with his grandmother in attendance.   Braden's mother had passed away when he was in high school so his grandmother had raised him since.

So there we were, just a few weeks removed from that electric day in Oakland and once again perfection was attained.  This time the work of art painted by one of the best the game has to offer, Roy "Doc" Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies.   Seeing the normally stoic Halladay jumping up and down like a 12-year old little leaguer after the last out was recorded was something special to see.  

There's a magic about a perfect game that sets it apart from a no-hitter.  Retiring all 27 batters means the pitcher often needs help from the 8 guys around him (Mark Buehrle should have DeWayne Wise's name tattooed on his pitching arm).   One error or lapse in judgment can turn a perfect day into something far less than perfect.   

When you consider that a perfect game is only thrown about once in every 11,000 games played, you realize just how incredibly lucky we've been to see 2 this season and 3 in less than 11 months. 

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