I thought the World Series win would be the ultimate thrill for this San Francisco Giants fan. But tonight at AT&T Park, Matt Cain pitched the first perfect game in the history of the franchise, and believe you me, it’s got to be the best feeling in the world for any true-blue Giants fan.
Matt’s pitching was dead-on perfect all night, but It didn’t really hit me until around the seventh inning, that this was going to be something really, really special. It wasn’t just the pitching, but the Giants’ bats were hot all night and the incredible fielding, particularly in the 7th and the 9th innings, well all of it really, was spot-on. An incredible team effort.
When the ball hit Belt’s mitt for that final out in the ninth, I could hardly see what was happening as my emotions got the best of me. But I managed to see Buster Posey charge to the mound and physically lift the 6′ 3″, 235 pound Cain up and carry him probably 10 feet before everyone let their emotions rip. Matt said later that he trusted Buster’s calls all night, never questioned one, and just let it happen. Of course, every pitch he had was near perfect on this night, so between the two of them it was destined to happen.
Said Matt after the game, “It was an all out effort tonight and it turned out perfect. It was awesome!” Said Buster when asked if he was nervous, “I was as nervous as I’ve ever been on a baseball field. It’s a different kind of nervous, different from the World Series.”
As for me, I’m exhausted, stoked! Have to go watch that game again!! Thank you Matt Cain. This is almost better than the World Series!! Almost :)) Or as Chelsea Cain, Matt’s wife, expressed after the game, “This is insane!”
Here’s a great re-cap from Alex Pavlovic at the San Jose Mercury News.
- Matt Cain: San Francisco Giants Pitcher Set to One-Up Best Start of His Career (bleacherreport.com)
- Giants Vs. Astros: Matt Cain Looks To Continue Dominance (bayarea.sbnation.com)
- San Francisco Giants, Matt Cain Agree on 5-Year Extension (rantsports.com)