The Matt Cain Appreciation Society Roundup
There’s lots and lots of web traffic about Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain’s perfect game. Here are some highlights:
At McCovey Chronicles, Grant Brisbee enumerates “50 Awesome Things About Matt Cain’s Perfect Game“, including
48. Not worrying about how much this raised his offseason price in free agency. Matt Cain is on the Giants for a while.
Cain signed a six-year contract at the beginning of this season, which made him the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in baseball.
Giants blogger El Lefty Malo has a brief appreciation:
Consider a kid whose skills never fit into the sabermetric box of goodness — so many fly balls, so few home runs, must be lucky, ergo he’s bound to regress — and delayed the recognition he’s been due for a long time. As good old Dusty might have said, Dude can pitch.
Keith Olbermann speculates on why of the 22 perfect games in major league history, 5 (including Cain’s) have been in the last 3 years.
Jason Turbow, co-author of The Baseball Codes, writes about the shredding of a hoary baseball superstition.
And perspective from Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s, who threw his own perfecto two years ago:
What a beautiful game. Congrats 2 Matt Cain & a historic franchise & city. A special memory ill tell someones kids about!#eraofthepitcher
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) June 14, 2012