May
09

CC does Dallas

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When A-Rod broke an unwritten rule few were aware even existed, all hell broke loose in Oakland. The date was Thursday, April 22, and Dallas Braden and the A’s were playing the Yanks in the final game of a three-game set. On his way back to first from third base on a foul ball, A-Rod stepped on the pitcher’s mound, and Dallas Braden didn’t take too kindly to it.

At the time, Braden railed on A-Rod, and he sounded both full of himself and as though A-Rod had run over his dog. “I don’t care if I’m Cy Young or if I’m the 25th man on the roster. “If I’ve got that ball in my hand and I’m out there on that mound, that’s not your mound. If you want to run across the mound, go run laps in the bullpen. That’s my mound,” he said, later adding. “I don’t go over there and run laps at third base. I don’t go over there. I don’t spit over there. I don’t spit over there. I stay away. You guys ever see anybody run across the mound like that? He ran across the pitcher’s mound, foot on my rubber. No. Not flyin.”

A-Rod: “He just told me to get off his mound. I was a little surprised. I’ve never heard that, especially from a guy with a handful of wins in his career…It’s not really a big deal. I didn’t know he was talking to me. I thought it was pretty funny actually…I’ve never heard of that in my career.”

End of story, right? Well, not if you’re Dallas Braden. Speaking to Comcast’s Bay Area affiliate, Braden had a laughable message for A-Rod. “There are things that are going to have to happen,” Braden said. “Out of respect to my teammates, out of respect to the game. I think he’s probably garnered a new respect for the unwritten rules and the people who hold them close to their game. But I think you’re right, we don’t do much talking in the 209.” The 209 is a reference to Stockton, California, the birthplace of Braden. For an area that doesn’t do much talking, Braden couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

When the Yankees heard of Braden’s latest comments, they tore into the A’s lefty, and Bob Klapisch nailed down the goods from A-Rod’s teammates. As A-Rod said he no longer wanted to discuss it or give Braden more headlines, Yanks’ GM Brian Cashman added his two cents. “Braden is wrong and Alex is right,” he said to Klapisch. “The more Dallas talks about it, the sillier he looks.” Indeed. Dallas Braden does indeed come across as an immature young pitcher with no sense of respect for the game or his boundaries. Even if A-Rod broke an unwritten rule, Braden has topped him by yammering about this for two weeks.

The final word though belongs to CC Sabathia who summed up this entire incident and Dallas Braden’s response in one of the better quotes we’ll read all season. “He’s a clown,” Sabathia said. “Guy says he’s from the 209, what the [bleep] is that? That’s where I’m from and I don’t know what he’s talking about. Two-oh-nine. He needs to just calm down – put that in the paper. That’s just tired.”

Update (6:27 p.m.): In news too coincidental to be anything but true, Dallas Braden just wrapped up a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Athletics Nation opted to take the high road in their gloating toward A-Rod, and the Yanks can move into sole possession of first place in the AL East with a win tonight against Boston.

Categories : Whimsy

279 Comments»

  1. bonestock94 says:

    Next series July 5th, I fully expect there to be some sort of drama.

  2. pat says:

    “There are things that are going to have to happen,”

    87 mph doesn’t scare anybody, big guy.

  3. Couchy says:

    Posted just as Braden is about to head to his precious mound to face the Rays
    Nice article and immaculate Ben, lets hope he pitches well today tho’

  4. PaulF says:

    CC is a boss, and he always has his teammates’ backs.

  5. A.D. says:

    Ohhhh Dallas Braden, who are you?

  6. WIlliam says:

    Can’t believe I have to root for him today.

  7. bexarama says:

    I love how Dallas Braden’s mound gets its own tag.

    Cashman sounds like my mother or something and CC just rules. I forget where I read it, but Billy Beane basically said Braden was embarrassing and he hoped he would be quiet. Awesome.

  8. Mike Pop says:

    I laughed so hard when I first read CC’s comments. Just sounded like the boss. ‘Put that in the paper’ – hilarious.

    • Hey ZZ says:

      CC is the man. He has really taken a leadership role on this team.

      And since one of the best pitchers in the game is calling him out, Braden just looks so foolish here.

  9. Cecala says:

    Who is this Dallas Braden guy?

  10. Mike HC says:

    How is he still talking about this. Even if what A-Rod did annoyed him, it should have lasted about 10 minutes, or till the end of that game tops. Give it up already.

  11. Raf says:

    i love when i read that Billy Beane called him to tell him to shut up. always good when your GM doesnt even have your back

  12. Rich M says:

    Who the hell does he think he is? Matt F**king Bush.

  13. Hey ZZ says:

    “I play a game for a living, and you can’t ever take a game too serious”

    Anyone else find this ironic?

  14. A.D. says:

    Rodriguez has been true to his word of putting the game first. His teammates know that, opponents know that. Word is that a number of A’s were embarrassed by Braden’s initial reaction.

    Just makes Braden look that much dumber

  15. Maybe the 209 should do more talking. Per Forbes, they hold the distinction of being America’s most miserable city. http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/.....ities.html (SFW)

    Yes, Bradenia managed to defeat Detroit.

  16. 28 this year says:

    Someone has other problems in his life that he is trying to take out on A-Rod. It is kinda funny how the media looks at Braden as a petulant kid and isn’t attacking A-Rod. Go figure.

  17. Slappy White says:

    Now that CC has spoken i fully expect this idiots teammates will ask him to shut the hell up. No one wants 98 in their rib cage

  18. Salty Buggah says:

    Even Derek kinda defended A-Rod. “I don’t know why he keeps bringing it up,” said Derek Jeter. “Go ask him, because I have no idea why he’s talking about it again.”

    When Jeter defends A-Rod, you know Dallas Braden is wrong

    /old narrative’d

    • Mike HC says:

      Shocking that Jeter didn’t really say anything or have an opinion at all on it. His only opinion is that Braden should stop talking about it.

      Has anyone in the history of sports been such a huge star and given absolutely nothing to the media for their entire career? Albert Pujols is the only other name that comes to mind.

      • Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

        Tiger? Oh wait….

        • Mike HC says:

          Ha. Tiger actually stayed pretty distant himself. It was everyone else doing the talking for him.

      • NYY626 says:

        actually jeter commented the day after the incident, saying ” i dont know why he’s so upset, its not like he brought the mound from home”, which was pretty funny coming from him.

  19. bexarama says:

    Braden apparently has a perfect game through four. I hope he takes it into the ninth and someone breaks it up by bunting.

    • ROBTEN says:

      I think Braden will lose the perfect game when, instead of fielding a slow roller back to the pitcher, he spends ten minutes yelling at the ball for crossing “his” mound.

  20. Jack says:

    Fantastic title, Ben.

  21. panicattack says:

    dallas braden is a wigger. “2-0-9?” lmao

  22. Jim says:

    I don’t understand Braden. He said “If I’ve got that ball in my hand and I’m out there on that mound, that’s not your mound.”

    He didn’t have the ball in his hand and he wasn’t on the mound.

    A-Rod ran across it after a double play to end the inning. Braden was walking off the field after covering 1st base. I would agree with him 100% if A-Rod had made the 1st out of the inning and he ran across the mound while Braden was still standing there, but that was not the case. Why did he complain in the first place?

    • JGS says:

      A-rod ran across it after a popup had fallen foul and he was sent back to first. Not sure if Braden had the ball or not

      • Jim says:

        All the replays I’ve seen show A-Rod making the 1st out at 2nd base on a double play. Maybe I am mistaken. Does anyone know for sure?

        • ROBTEN says:

          Watching the replay now, Braden was covering first on the double play. So, he had the ball, but he wasn’t on the mound. Plus, the inning was over, so technically wasn’t it no longer “his” mound at that point anyway?

          • Jim says:

            Exactly. He’s making it sound like A-Rod grounded out to start the inning then ran across the mound.

            • andrew says:

              It was after a foul ball. He started yelling at ARod after the inning was over because he didn’t want to do it in the middle of the game. ARod ran across the mound after a foul ball on the pitch before the double play.

              • ROBTEN says:

                Ok, that makes sense. I only saw the replay, so it did strike me as a bit odd that he started yelling so quickly after the out at first, but without knowing when ARod is said to have resurrected baseball only to immediately murder it again, I assumed it took place after the double play.

    • pete says:

      no he complained after the inning ended, but the actual “transgression” occurred on a foul popup before.

  23. JGS says:

    did Braden just throw a 64 mph screwball?

  24. WIlliam says:

    Perfect through 6 through Braden, but 82 pitches. He can’t pitch 125 pitches in a game without tiring at some point.

  25. ultimate913 says:

    I really want to see Braden get one out away from the perfect game and Kapler bunt singles. I would be happy with whatever happens for the rest of the season.

    • ASUYanksFan says:

      hahah i agree.. if that happens, it would be second to winning 28 for me on the season! Braden is a joke, and his reaction if that would happen woudl likely move his rants onto that

    • WIlliam says:

      But teh Unwritten rule!

    • pete says:

      i would rather Kapler attempt to bunt, have it go foul twice in a row, get Braden super riled up, and then hit a HR on the next 85mph nothingball right down the middle.

  26. PaulF says:

    If Braden pitches a perfect game, do you think they will ask A-rod about it? What will he say?

  27. Captain Bawls says:

    I’m going to go start watching the Rays game. Everytime I’ve turned a game on late to see a potential no hitter/perfect game, it’s been broken up.

  28. Pat D says:

    Teh fear! He just hit 90!!

    • pete says:

      I saw that! Incredible. Who would have thought that a man could rebound so well from having his mound crossed by a position player? Good for him

  29. Rudy says:

    This Braden guy is ugly and needs a dentist. Just sayin’

  30. Dirty Pena says:

    The RAB Curse lives on!

  31. Hangoverologist says:

    Ew Braden still has his perfect game going. Also lol at the Rays almost getting perfect game’d again for the second time in as many years.

  32. BklynJT says:

    Shit, doesn’t help that the rays are suceptuble to tha no hitta.

  33. pete says:

    also, I love how he called out A-Rod for being an “individualistic” player when he’s spent the last two weeks hogging all the media attention he can get and making his whole team look bad in the process. Hilarious.

  34. nathan says:

    I think the Rays are doing this to spite ARod. They dont want the Braden 15 mins gone. Haha.

  35. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    douche bag is perfect thru 8…dang son!

  36. Pat D says:

    I just realized that the Rays would be able to break up this perfect game if only someone had run over the mound when coming off the field after the 8th inning.

  37. Hangoverologist says:

    Something funny: Hardly anybody’s there to watch Braden and his shot at history.

  38. WIlliam says:

    Lucky Bastard.

  39. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    one out away

  40. Meat Loaf says:

    You know he’s going to throw this, just so he can be more of an ass.

  41. poster says:

    I’m rooting for him.

  42. InGirardiWeTrust says:

    I can’t root for this. Give up a bloody hit.

  43. WIlliam says:

    Walk him!!!!!

  44. Dela G says:

    holy shit he did it

  45. JGS says:

    you have got to be kidding me

  46. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    You have got to be joking.

  47. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    I am not happy for him at all

  48. InGirardiWeTrust says:

    oh. my. god.

  49. Pat D says:

    Kapler should have leaned into that inside pitch.

  50. WIlliam says:

    Uhg, couldn’t have happened to a worse guy.

  51. Bxbomber says:

    This is horrible. Horrendous…

  52. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Uh…

    Well, he’s not a nobody anymore.

  53. Kevin says:

    Should’ve pinch hit Carl Everett there

  54. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    god this guy is such white trash thug…does he think he is eminem or something? good lord what a tool

  55. Dallas Braden says:

    Who’s the clown now?

  56. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Braden looks like he’s having a rapturous religious experience.

  57. InGirardiWeTrust says:

    The A’s aren’t even up to snuff with some AAA line-ups.

  58. Hangoverologist says:

    Dallas fucking Braden pitched a perfect game. Seriously

  59. T-Dubs says:

    fuck that noise

  60. Slappy White says:

    Worst pitcher to ever throw a perfecto

  61. Jack says:

    Kudos to Ben, for posting what might be the most coincidental topic in blogging history.

  62. bexarama says:

    He did it O_O a perfect game!

  63. poster says:

    I wouldn’t have swung up 3-1. Rooting for a walk.

    Whoops, the inevitable Yankee reference. They have NOTHING to do with this. Don’t mention them or A-Rod.

  64. Kristen says:

    Annnd 2 minutes after the game ends, the announcers bring up A-Rod. That took longer than I thought.

  65. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    BTW, now the Rays have had perfect games thrown against them twice.

    • Pat D says:

      In consecutive years. Doesn’t usually portend good things for the team to which it happens.

      • JGS says:

        Well, most teams that get perfected aren’t very good teams to begin with. It happened to the 1988 Dodgers though, and they went on to win it all.

  66. Eirias says:

    Well, his fifteen minutes of fame rightly gets extended a bit now.

  67. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

    Ugh, can’t believe this prick just threw a perfect game… pathetic

  68. Meat Loaf says:

    I know this might make me a bad person, but I think he is a douchebag and therefore does not, under any circumstances, to be considered part of baseball immortality. There’s jerks in the baseball world that I respect (Manny being Manny…) because of their contributions to the game. Branden is a snot nosed kid who deserved a good ass kicking.

  69. Pat D says:

    Well, I’d like to say congratulations, but I’ll take the high road and pass.

  70. Frigidevil says:

    What a tool. I bet he mentions A-rod in his press conference

    • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

      yeah. I hope we rock him when we play Oakland in a few days

  71. Jake H says:

    Now the guy is going to have a bigger ego than he has now. Love how the

  72. Cecala says:

    Ben write an article like this on Javy Vazquez please.

  73. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Future Yankee?

    /joking
    /but maybe not

  74. Slappy White says:

    on the brighter side thanks to that asshole we’ll be alone in first after tonight

  75. WIlliam says:

    A-rod will show him up tonight by being the first player to ever hit 5 homers in a single game!!!!

  76. 28 this year says:

    Isn’t Braden mad that the entire Athletics team walked on his mound?

  77. Alex S says:

    couldn’t have happened to a worse person

    • Sam says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Unless it was anyone on the Red Sox.

      • poster says:

        Not really. I was happy for Lester. Unlike this douche, Lester really WAS through a lot so it was nice for him to have this moment.

        Again, it was cool to see a perfect game, and I’m glad he did it, but he’s a douche.

  78. Eirias says:

    The Yankees are tied for first, though!

  79. poster says:

    You know, by the time the ninth rolled around I just wanted to see a perfect game, but it really couldn’t happen to a bigger douchebag.

    Well, maybe it could actually. In my MLB game I pitched a perfect game with Schilling. Does that count?

  80. Pat D says:

    What a bunch of homerism. They just mentioned “all the things he’s gone through.”

    I’m sorry, am I missing some huge injury that he had or something?

  81. max says:

    209!!!!

    what a giant douche

  82. InGirardiWeTrust says:

    I bet the Rays HATE those damn pink bats.

  83. BklynJT says:

    Damn the rays suck

  84. Sam says:

    Oh god, he’s perfect now. I hate to see him with this kind of credit. I just hope this humbles him in some way.

  85. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

    When we played Beuhrle last year after his perfect game, we rocked him. Over/under on Braden making it through 4 innings against us? I’m taking the under

  86. pete says:

    Isn’t there some kind of unwritten rule that shitty pitchers who can barely throw 90 mph aren’t allowed to throw perfect games? What a disgrace to the game.

    • 28 this year says:

      Buerhle (Botched the spelling) can barely throw 90 but at least he is a good pitcher.

      • pete says:

        yeah there have been many good pitchers who don’t throw 90 mph, but when a shitty pitcher throws a perfect game or no-hitter, one would hope he at least was throwing gas and just happened to have command that one day. But no.

  87. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    I really think a Yanks pitcher will throw a no-hitter this year. CC, AJ, or Phil. Maybe against Houston or Seattle.

    • WIlliam says:

      My granddad got us seats right behind the dugout for a Houston game. I’m excited for a game of total domination.

  88. 28 this year says:

    How the fuck do the Rays, the offense with the most runs scored (I know they are not necessarily the best offense but their in the top 2-3) fail to get a fucking hit. Sorry for the strong words but wtf Rays?

  89. ROBTEN says:

    The announcers just asked him about what it meant “given all that he’s gone through…”

    REALLY?

    I mean, congratulations and all, but what’s that supposed to mean? He’s hasn’t been through some horrendous ordeal, but a ridiculous media-driven non-story created by his own mouth.

    Or, has he been through something else that I’m not aware of?

  90. Kristen says:

    Why exactly does he call his uniform a “costume”? Is he playing dress up? I’ve never heard it referred that way.

    And holy gratuitous references to “the 209″

  91. Slappy White says:

    Maybe he’ll get a raise and get that grill fixed. Ive looked and search and I only see two teeth in his mouth

  92. panicattack says:

    TB got perfect game’d again lol

  93. Hey ZZ says:

    As if anybody needed more reason to love Dallas Braden.
    half a minute ago via Tweetie

    We get it Pete Abe. You hate A-Rod.

  94. SF Yanks says:

    What are the odds of this post going up then him throwing a perfect game? A million to one?

  95. bonestock94 says:

    CC needs to stop, first beaming Pedroia led to a 2 run homer and now this. Just be complementary from now on lol.

  96. JE says:

    Braden just earned the right to say whatever the f*ck he wants, whenever he wants, to whomever he wants….

  97. Bxbomber says:

    ARod should make sure to step on his mound next time they face each other, just because. I’d do it and spit on it as well.

  98. nathan says:

    This is some kind of a sick joke. The Rays are supposed to be a good offense. ARod’s nightmare continues :-)

  99. Jack says:

    AthleticsNation:

    http://www.athleticsnation.com.....rfect-game

    “You heard of me now, A-Rod?”

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  100. nathan says:

    I wonder if ARod has been told of the Perfect game. Would love to face Braden next time and take him to the cleaners.

  101. Drew says:

    All 3,000 fans in the stadium saw something special today.

    • Mike HC says:

      And only the ones with good enough eye site to see far enough past all that foul territory.

      • poster says:

        Come on, let’s not be unfair. He pitched a PERFECT GAME, that’s ridiculously difficult. You’re really going to undermine him perfect gaming one of the best offenses in the AL because his stadium had a lot of foul territory?

        • Mike HC says:

          Not my intention at all. I was just making fun of the foul territory in a “it is stupid to have your fans sit so far away from the action” type of way. Nothing to do with how it is a pitchers park, which it is now that you mention it.

          I’m not even taking away from Braden before the perfect game. The guy can pitch. Obviously.

  102. Mike HC says:

    If you though Braden was insufferable about his mound and unwritten rules before, I can only imagine what he is going to turn into after this perfect game.

  103. Hangoverologist says:

    This will be Braden’s only claim to fame.

  104. Ivan says:

    WOW, after hearing those comments, im officially a huge CC Sabathia. This dude is gangsta point blank.

  105. Chops says:

    If only there was one time to summon the spirits of Carl Everett…

  106. nathan says:

    Over/under ARod’s name gets mentioned 100 times today during BBTN and the Sunday night game.

  107. Hangoverologist says:

    A-Rod will probably hear this and not give a shit. He’s on a team that’s on its way back to the World Series. This perfect game will be the only highlight of Oakland’s season.

    • Hey ZZ says:

      Could you say that Alex is not an “individualistic” player? The plot thickens…

    • nathan says:

      You do hv chuckle at ARod’s luck though. Some no-name punk takes aim at him, he deals with it as elegantly as possible. Then the punk pitches a perfect game. This is hollywood.

    • Ivan says:

      Is he going to the HOF? Does he have a WS Ring and MVPs? Is he a suoerstar? Hell, does he fuck model bitches? I rest my case!!!

      The Stuff I wish A-Rod would say’D

  108. Great stuff from Wikipedia, via @wezen_ball:

    http://twitpic.com/1mjdx0/full

  109. James says:

    Perfect.

    i loved it.

  110. Dick Whitman says:

    I was hoping someone on the Rays would try and break up his perfect game with a bunt. Braden’s head would have exploded.

  111. Pat D says:

    Apparently Braden’s grandmother, whom he tearfully embraces after the game, is very classy. Supposedly she was interviewed and said, “Stick it, A-Rod.”

    You stay classy, 209.

    Or, in wrestling terms, combining catchphrases: “Hey, granny, know your role and shut your mouth, and if you’re not down with that, I’ve got just two words for ya: SUCK IT!”

    • Will in NJ says:

      I can’t wait to see what the clown says now. Or will he finally just shut up and move on.

    • poster says:

      His GRANDMA said stick it, A-Rod?

      In the nicest way possible, what a bitch. A-Rod and the Yankees had NOTHING, absolutely nothing, to do with this perfect game.

      • JGS says:

        The best part is, if he was trying to stick it to the Yankees by throwing a perfect game, why did he do it against the only team ahead of them?

      • Pat D says:

        Yes, this was according to the previously mentioned athleticsnation.com site.

      • Mike HC says:

        You can only laugh at the effect that A-Rod has had on him and his entire family. They are consumed with the guy. It is a little weird actually.

        If Ramiro Pena ran across “his mound,” or even a “fun” guy like Swisher, I’m sure he would not have even noticed or cared. Or he at least would not go on about for months and tie in every other achievement in his life to that one incident. Insane really.

        • Mike HC says:

          It is like when a person meets one of their idols growing up, and they don’t turn out to be exactly how you thought so you overreact and end up irrationally hating the person.

          Something like that I think is going on here.

  112. bexarama says:

    Mike Mussina loses his perfect game with an 0-2 count and two outs in the ninth inning. Andy Pettitte loses his on a stupid error. Dallas Braden gets one, though. Dammit, baseball gods!

  113. Pat D says:

    I’d like to start flame posting on that A’s fan blog, but I don’t feel like registering and it’s not worth my time.

    That being said, one person said that ESPN should replay that game tonight instead of showing Yankees/Red Sox.

    And all of the people who are in tears.

    To respond to both of those points, I’d like to say that ESPN doesn’t like showing 75% empty ballparks on camera, and I’d be in tears, too, since I didn’t support my team and actually go to the game because their ballpark is so depressing.

    What will these poor, jilted fans have to say if this franchise moves to San Jose or somehwere else much further away? Probably nothing.

  114. poster says:

    So Kouzmanoff with “Da great play to save da perfect gaame”?

  115. Tank the Frank says:

    The high road indeed.

    The same thing is true for Red Sox fans… they care more obsessed with A-Rod and the Yankees than their own pitcher. In reality, it’s so sad that A’s fans are attributing this to A-Rod and that, somehow, this vindicates Dallas Braden in his little spat with A-Rod. The two have nothing to do with each other IMO. MLB and Billy Beane had to step in and tell this kid to shut up. That’s pretty embarrassing. A’s fans should be proud that he showed character and responded by pitching well.

    If he had thrown a perfect game against the Yankees today, then that’s a different story.

  116. Meat Loaf says:

    Announcers: How was that, Braden?
    Braden: It was perfect. (Cocky grin)

    BARF.

  117. Drew says:

    According to Nomar, Braden is now a veteran. lol

    • JGS says:

      According to Nomar, Buchholz was a veteran after his no-no also

      /don’t think he actually said that but I could see it’d

  118. Wisdom. says:

    Really funny, now lets see how long until he’s Dallas Braden, 5 ERA.

  119. Across the pond says:

    Just seen his reaction after the final out. Just acted like a punk.

    Shouting get some or have some into a camera, ass hat.

    Buerhle celebrated his with some class.

    • Kaz says:

      Really good point. I was wondering the exact same thing. I remember Buerhle’s “this is really so incredible that it’s funny” look last year and he handled it with class. “Get some!” and “Have some”…oh god could you get any more white trash than that?

  120. DerekAT says:

    Congrats on his perfect game.

    Now he is 6 games under 500 for his career with a career high 4 ERA.

    Yes lets all pay homage!!!

    • bexarama says:

      dude it’s a perfect game, we can say the guy’s a douche and not the greatest pitcher in the world but it’s a perfect freakin’ game. That helped the Yankees, to boot.

  121. JSquared says:

    What is the Over/Under for how many times the ESPN Announcers mention Dallas Braden during the Yankees/Red Sox Game? 10?

    • Pat D says:

      Well of course they’ll mention him.

      How many times will they mention him in reference to A-Rod? I put the over/under at 7 1/2.

  122. nathan says:

    From Lohud blogs:

    Obviously Dallas Braden has become one of the more notorious names in the Yankees clubhouse, but the final outs of his perfect game were on the clubhouse TV here in Boston tonight. Most of the Yankees were on the field for stretch, but A.J. Burnett was watching as Braden hugged a woman assumed to be his grandmother. “Grandma, I love you, but don’t cross my mound!” Burnett said.

    – Lol

    • Mike HC says:

      Very funny. I forget Braden mentioned he would yell at his own grandmother if she came on his mound.

  123. Mike HC says:

    If Braden uses this ESPN interview to say something yet again about A-Rod it will be out of control.

  124. Wisdom. says:

    ESPN= Dallas Braden Fan Club Network DBFCN.

  125. nathan says:

    LoHud:

    Apparently Dallas Braden’s grandmother actually said, “Stick it, A-Rod,” during a postgame interview in Oakland. You can’t make this stuff up

    http://twitter.com/susanslusser/status/13691557016

  126. JE says:

    So now perfect games don’t count unless they are thrown against the Yankees?!? Let me guess: you drive a Corvette, right?

  127. A.D. says:

    Congrats to Dallas Braden for his perfect game, good for him. However it doesn’t vindicate his childish behavior previously.

  128. Kaz says:

    Kenny Rogers….case closed y’all!

  129. Poopy Pants says:

    Another unwritten rule:

    “There’s no crying in baseball.”

    This punk broke it.

  130. bexarama says:

    Eesh, I gotta say, you guys are really tough. Dude’s a douche and he’s not the greatest pitcher in the world, but it’s a perfect game. He’s also a young guy and not everyone is gonna react in the same way to a seriously awesome accomplishment. And, it’s a perfect game that helps us!

  131. Poopy Pants says:

    Seriously, he looks like he has progeria. He should be hiding in one of Maury’s bookcases or waste baskets.

  132. bexarama says:

    “Yankees suck” when they’re well ahead of your team and they’ve annihilated you the first two games of this series. Awesome.

  133. Klemy says:

    CC’s comments put him on my Christmas list. That dude just put up for his teammate in a big way. Props to the big man.

  134. Jersey says:

    The high road’s lower than it used to be.

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