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
  • bonestock94

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

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      supposedly MLB told Braden and the As that if they even think about starting anything, especially with A-Rod, they’ll be mightily fined/punished

      • bonestock94

        Well that’s good. Hopefully a sweep will do all the talking for the Yanks.

  • pat

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

    87 mph doesn’t scare anybody, big guy.

    • Mike Pop

      Hah.

  • Couchy

    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’

    • Couchy

      Bah, immaculate timing Ben

  • PaulF

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

  • A.D.

    Ohhhh Dallas Braden, who are you?

  • WIlliam

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

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      root for him to get lit up and then root for a Rays bullpen implosion, that’s what I’m doin’

    • http://twitter.com/YanktheMike yankthemike

      root for his bullpen, not him…

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      nope. not doing it. I root for him to get smothered and be working at a gas station in a year. That’s what I root for.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    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.

  • Mike Pop

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

    • Hey ZZ

      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.

  • Cecala

    Who is this Dallas Braden guy?

  • Mike HC

    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.

  • Raf

    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

  • Rich M

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Throws freshman?

  • Hey ZZ

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

    Anyone else find this ironic?

  • A.D.

    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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

    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.

  • 28 this year

    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.

  • Slappy White

    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

  • Salty Buggah

    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

      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

        Tiger? Oh wait….

        • Mike HC

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

      • NYY626

        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.

        • Mike HC

          true. I remember that now. I agree, for him, that is opening up a little bit.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

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

    • ROBTEN

      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.

  • Jack

    Fantastic title, Ben.

  • panicattack

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

  • Jim

    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?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      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

        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

          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

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

            • andrew

              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

                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.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

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

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    did Braden just throw a 64 mph screwball?

    • WIlliam

      He followed with an 88 mph fastball to “blow it by” the batter. I don’t know who is going to be blown away with an 88 mph fastball.

      • Tom Zig

        david ortiz, jason varitek

  • WIlliam

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

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      well, he was going strong until Kapler’s 12-pitch AB

  • ultimate913

    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

      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

      But teh Unwritten rule!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      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.

  • PaulF

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

    • Pat D

      “So what? He just added a mere one win to his mere handful of wins. No big deal.”

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      “Thanks for the half game in the standings”

      • poster

        Hahaha I like this one.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      who?

  • Captain Bawls

    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.

  • Pat D

    Teh fear! He just hit 90!!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      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

  • Rudy

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

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    The RAB Curse lives on!

  • Hangoverologist

    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.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Not to mention CC taking a no-hitter into the 8th against them a month ago

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      *lol at the Rays almost getting perfect game’d by dallas fucking braden

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        ftfy

  • BklynJT

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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    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.

    • Pat D

      Yea, and now he’s throwing a perfect game. How much more individualistic and selfish can he be?!?

      • Jack

        Dallas Braden is murdering baseball history.

  • nathan

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

    douche bag is perfect thru 8…dang son!

  • Pat D

    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.

  • Hangoverologist

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

  • Pat D

    25.

    • Pat D

      26.

  • WIlliam

    Lucky Bastard.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    one out away

  • Meat Loaf

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

  • poster

    I’m rooting for him.

  • InGirardiWeTrust

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

  • WIlliam

    Walk him!!!!!

  • Dela G

    holy shit he did it

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    you have got to be kidding me

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    You have got to be joking.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    I am not happy for him at all

  • InGirardiWeTrust

    oh. my. god.

  • Pat D

    Kapler should have leaned into that inside pitch.

  • WIlliam

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

  • Bxbomber

    This is horrible. Horrendous…

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    Uh…

    Well, he’s not a nobody anymore.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Yes he is–the only thing that changed is that he is now a trivia question too

  • Kevin

    Should’ve pinch hit Carl Everett there

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      That memory still makes me sad.

      • Frigidevil

        so sad….

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

  • Dallas Braden

    Who’s the clown now?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      the funny thing is, dallas braden probably would go online to twitter or something and say that like right now.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      Still you.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

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

  • InGirardiWeTrust

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

    • InGirardiWeTrust

      “Lets go eat”

  • Hangoverologist

    Dallas fucking Braden pitched a perfect game. Seriously

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    fuck that noise

  • Slappy White

    Worst pitcher to ever throw a perfecto

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Nah, it’s probably this guy

    • Pat D

      Nah. Charlie Robertson.

      Len Barker would also qualify.

      • Pat D

        I’ll also say Mike Witt out of pure spite. Just because the Yankees traded Dave Winfield for him when he was broken down beyond recognition.

  • Jack

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

    • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

      agreed

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    He did it O_O a perfect game!

  • poster

    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.

  • Kristen

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      what’d they say?

    • 28 this year

      they brought up A-Rod before the game even ended. They mentioned him in the 9th inning itself.

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

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

    • Pat D

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

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        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.

  • Eirias

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

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

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

  • Meat Loaf

    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.

  • Pat D

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

  • Frigidevil

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

    • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

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

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

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

  • Cecala

    Ben write an article like this on Javy Vazquez please.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      IETC

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

    Future Yankee?

    /joking
    /but maybe not

  • Slappy White

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

  • WIlliam

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

  • 28 this year

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

    • WIlliam

      IETCVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVM

      • 28 this year

        I hoped someone would. :)

  • Alex S

    couldn’t have happened to a worse person

    • Sam

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

      • poster

        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.

  • Eirias

    The Yankees are tied for first, though!

  • poster

    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?

    • Pat D

      Yes, yes it does.

      Schilling’s douchebaginess>>>>>>>>>>>>>anyone else’s.

      • poster

        …Except maybe Papelbon. Come to think of it, I might hate him worse.

      • Frigidevil

        followed by Beckett

        • Pat D

          I’d say Papelbon is just a flaming moron while Beckett is an immature crybaby.

          Schilling still best fits the title of “douchebag.”

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

            Braden can also be filed under “immature crybaby”

          • Frigidevil

            Beckett seems like one of those immature kids that giggles when someone gets carted off with a terrible injury. But yes, immature crybaby and spoiled brat. Papelbon should be classified as douche.

  • Pat D

    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?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Didn’t he bring those things completely on himself?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      someone ran across his mound!!!!! how can he be expected to recover from that?

    • Ojas

      It could’ve been that today’s Mother’s Day and he lost his mom to cancer when he was in high school.

      I still think he’s a douche, but that’s sad no matter what.

  • max

    209!!!!

    what a giant douche

  • InGirardiWeTrust

    I bet the Rays HATE those damn pink bats.

  • BklynJT

    Damn the rays suck

  • Sam

    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.

    • Eirias

      Yeah. That’s going to happen.

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    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

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

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        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.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

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

    • WIlliam

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

  • 28 this year

    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?

    • Hangoverologist

      You could say the same thing about what happened to the Rays last year against the White Sox.

    • Ivan

      Bact to Back years no less.

  • ROBTEN

    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?

    • Pat D

      See above. They mentioned something about an injury, but it couldn’t have been that serious.

    • panicattack

      umm………he lost his mom when he was in high school

      • Pat D

        Ah, OK.

        Doesn’t really change the fact that he’s a punk.

      • Across the pond

        according to SI, he must have found her because it says she was at the game.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          I’m pretty sure that was his Grandmother, chief.

          • Across the pond

            woops my bad. Could have sworn that said mother. Time to get the glasses checked me thinks.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      I thought they were referring to what he went through with his Mother.

  • Kristen

    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″

  • Slappy White

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

  • panicattack

    TB got perfect game’d again lol

  • Hey ZZ

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Why do you still follow him on Twitter? He was annoying as a Yankees reporter.

      • Hey ZZ

        I typed in Dallas Braden on google and his tweet came up.

        I don’t even have twitter lol.

    • poster

      I loved how he would never admit it and would get offended if anybody said it.

      Though to be fair it IS possible he’s just being sarcastic.

  • SF Yanks

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

  • bonestock94

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

    • Hangoverologist

      CC and coincidence do not mix well.

  • JE

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

    • bonestock94

      Yea definitely, it will all come to a head when he gloriously leads the 2010 Oakland A’s to a 4th place finish in the NL West.

      • bonestock94

        AL*

    • Jack

      No, he didn’t.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      He should retire now, he’s a hall of famer.

  • Bxbomber

    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.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      It would definitely get under his skin

  • nathan

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

  • Jack

    AthleticsNation:

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

    “You heard of me now, A-Rod?”

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    • Pat D

      Do the A’s have enough fans to have a “nation?”

      • nathan

        Some one just wrote he is in tears for this kid. Cry me a river.

      • Kristen

        Haha, I thought the same when they kept referring to the number of fans in attendance – 12,000+ on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

      • vin

        Yeah they do… kinda like Vatican City.

    • nathan

      Congratulations to Dallas Braden, a class act and the best pitcher that A-Rod and CC Sabathia have ever dissed.

      — Haha, this shows whats important for them. Lol.

    • PaulF

      It’s so ridiculous, he’s still a clown whether or not he’s pitched a perfect game.

    • JobaTheHeat62

      wow this website made me vomit…what a joke

  • nathan

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

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

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

    • Mike HC

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

      • poster

        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

          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.

          • poster

            AHHH, sorry. Okay, in that case you’re right.

  • Mike HC

    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.

    • poster

      Perfect game winners not only have complete authority over THEIR mound, they now are no longer allowed to be criticized by star players for acting like douches.

      -Page _ of the unwritten rulebook, section _ line _

  • Hangoverologist

    This will be Braden’s only claim to fame.

  • Ivan

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

    • poster

      CC Sabathia is a huge CC Sabathia too.

      • Ivan

        LOL I fucked that one up.

        Im a huge CC Sabathia FAN!!!!

        Better’D

  • Chops

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

  • nathan

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

  • Hangoverologist

    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

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

    • nathan

      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

        Just shows u, that nice guys finish last, and Pricks live for ever.

    • Ivan

      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

      • Ivan

        Superstar*

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Great stuff from Wikipedia, via @wezen_ball:

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

  • http://twitter.com/j_sprouse2213 James

    Perfect.

    i loved it.

  • Dick Whitman

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

  • Pat D

    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

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

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Apparently Beane told him to stfu.

    • poster

      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.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        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

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

      • Mike HC

        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

          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.

          • Pat D

            Inferiority complex, as someone earlier said.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    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!

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      Those baseball gods have one screwed up sense of humor.

      • Pat D

        Especially when Mussina’s was broken up by Carl “Dinosaur Bones Are Man-Made” Everett.

      • poster

        I laughed.

  • Pat D

    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.

  • poster

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

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      He was dealin’, he didn’t really need one amazing play, to be honest.

      • poster

        That was clearly the best play though.

  • Tank the Frank

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      on MLBN they said “AND Braden moved his friends the Yankees out of first place!” No he didn’t, you idiot. What Braden did only helped the Yankees.

      • poster

        He actually moved the Yankees INTO a tie FOR first place. What a dipshit.

      • Poopy Pants

        haha. I thought I heard them wrong.

  • Meat Loaf

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

    BARF.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    According to Nomar, Braden is now a veteran. lol

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      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

  • Wisdom.

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

  • Across the pond

    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

      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?

  • DerekAT

    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!!!

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      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.

  • JSquared

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

    • Pat D

      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.

  • nathan

    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

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

  • Mike HC

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

    • nathan

      He just said he threw a screwball. He was going to throw a daisuke forkball next.

  • Wisdom.

    ESPN= Dallas Braden Fan Club Network DBFCN.

  • nathan

    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

  • JE

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

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      who said that??

      • JE

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

        - Tank the Frank

        A perfect game is a perfect game and Braden is now oozing street cred.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          street cred?!?!

          that said, it’s totally silly not to give him credit for a perfect game.

          • Devil In A Blue Cap

            That’s kind of taking the comment out of context. They were commenting on how announcers were saying that A-Rod was now in the wrong, or how this showed the Yankees or something, and that’s kind of…what’s the word?…untrue.

      • nathan

        Figment of imagination. Its now 20 mins of fame.

    • nathan

      huh

  • A.D.

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

  • Kaz

    Kenny Rogers….case closed y’all!

  • Poopy Pants

    Another unwritten rule:

    “There’s no crying in baseball.”

    This punk broke it.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    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!

    • Across the pond

      [i]Dude’s a douche and he’s not the greatest pitcher in the world[/i]

      Couldn’t have said it better.

      • Across the pond

        italics fail.

  • Poopy Pants

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

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

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

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      mega wrong thread.

      • Poopy Pants

        haha!

  • Klemy

    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.

  • Jersey

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