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  1. Awesome post. Congrats to all Giants fans.

    Comment by Kyle — June 14, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  2. You “pore” over numbers and charts,

    /pedantry

    Comment by Bigmouth — June 14, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  3. BTW, great post!

    Comment by Bigmouth — June 14, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

  4. Well said, Wendy. I showed a video Blanco’s catch to my kids this morning, then showed them the video of the last play. My youngest asked me ‘Daddy, did you hurt yourself?’ I had to explain to him how tears are sometimes for happy moments..

    Comment by fergie348 — June 14, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

  5. Enjoyed reading this. I watched from the 6th inning on. My girlfriend also watched (she cares and knows absolutely zero about baseball). During the 7th inning even she had her fingers gripped on the couch and said “this is intense!”.

    Comment by Josh — June 14, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  6. There’s no crying in baseball.

    Comment by Jimmy Dugan — June 14, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  7. 5 runs or more of run-support in a 3rd of the games pitched sounds like quite a lot actually.

    Comment by TiensyGohan — June 14, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  8. The only other person I would have rather seen throw a no-hitter is Will Clark and since that is mostly impossible on multiple levels, to see Cain do it is special. TAKE THAT xFIP!!

    Also, there’s no crying in baseball, but it sure was dusty, almost like onion dust.

    Comment by Pig.Pen — June 14, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  9. Brilliant!

    Comment by Josh — June 14, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  10. Simply great, Wendy, simply great.

    Comment by channelclemente — June 14, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  11. Redecorate your basement, it’s time.

    Comment by channelclemente — June 14, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  12. Well put. Like you I’m a Giant fanatic. I live in Tucson and also watch all the games on DirecTV. Last night, after the 4th when Cain had 7 K’s I texted a buddy who is a Dodger fan and was trying to feed me propoganda on how Eovaldi is equal to the likes of Bumgarner and Cain, and I told my buddy that I didn’t know how the Giant game would play out, but it had just had, after four innings, the makings of something special. Whether it was Cain striking out 18 Astros, Cain throwing a No-No, Melky hitting for the cycle, I didn’t know, but magic was certainly in the air.

    Reminded me of November 2010 and that is a good thing.

    Comment by qpontiac — June 14, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  13. I already get goosebumps when that TV ad comes on CSN Bay Area where the narrator intones, “….you best believe Matt Cain will stand up for you.” I am pretty sure I’m going to lose it completely then next time that ad comes on.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — June 14, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  14. I think Cain owes the most credit to J Happ for pitching so terrible that the rest of the Astros gave up. Congrats Cain.. you have the weakest perfect game of all time.

    Comment by RogerClemensNeedle — June 14, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  15. Wow! I sure hope that was satire, because if it wasn’t, that might be the most ignorant comment on this event yet!

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — June 14, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  16. I love this on so many levels, just the celebration of this fantastic achievment and how it drives our enjoyment of this great game of baseball.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — June 14, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  17. Excelsior!

    Comment by Big Jgke — June 14, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  18. Great post, Wendy. Love the 8-year old drama mixed in. Such patience you have to miss the game for her drama :)

    Comment by Kerry — June 14, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  19. There are perfect games in parenting, too, Wendy–exhilirating but sometimes messy, relying on your own strengths but sometimes needing big plays by others–and right here between Fathers’ Day and Mothers’ Day, here’s hoping that all of us mothers and fathers get to walk off the field knowing that we threw one.

    Comment by Paris of the Plains — June 14, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  20. This is the best article I have ever read on Fangraphs. Bar none.

    Comment by Mark — June 14, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  21. Excellent piece, Wendy. Thank you.

    Comment by Andy — June 14, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  22. I was verklempt at the game last night, but reading this put me over the top and made me grab a tissue. This is the essence: How hard we all try to be perfect — as parents, as significant others, at our jobs — and how seldom we’re able to accomplish that; how we learn to deal with that frustration as we mature; and how when an athlete is able to achieve that perfection for even three hours, we can all celebrate it in a personal way. Lovely piece.

    Comment by Carolyn — June 14, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  23. Hammels wiith a line of 6 IP 8 H 7 R 6 ER and Matt Cain with a PERFECT GAME both went 1-0 on the night

    Comment by Slats — June 14, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  24. My dad and I bonded over the Giants. Six weeks ago at 63 he passed. I was thankful he got to see the Giants win the Series. And I couldn’t help but think, “Well, if he’s got any sway, he sure used it on that Blanco catch.”. On every strikeout, then near the end in every out, I found myself talking to him. “Can you believe Cain’s got that many Ks?” Baseball and sports “don’t matter” – until they do. And when they do, they make everything else more important.

    I’ll never forget last night; kinda felt like I had one last game with the old man.

    Comment by MrKnowNothing — June 14, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  25. Great post, Wendy. Demian and I were watching at home and he, being a lifelong fan, couldn’t believe it. He screamed so loud the babies woke up. Hope you are well! xxoo, Quyen

    Comment by Quyen — June 14, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  26. This is an awesome piece of writing Wendy, thanx…and I am not even a Giants fan!

    Comment by BurleighGrimes — June 14, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  27. It’s like Matt Cain getting a 1600 (math + verbal)! But this is better!

    Comment by ColeHamels1510_740M/770V — June 14, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  28. NOTE: this is just an interesting thing I’ve been thinking about, and it’s not supposed to devalue what Cain’s just done. Cain is an excellent pitcher and he pitched an excellent game.

    That said, the last five guys to throw perfect games are:

    1. One almost-surefire Hall-of-Famer.
    2. One excellent pitcher.
    3. A guy who has washed out of the league.
    4. A guy pitching for the Astros in AAA.
    5. Phil Humber.

    So if you took Halladay, Cain, Humber, Braden and Galarraga and offered them to all 30 teams in place of their rotation, which ones take it? Assume the Phils and Giants get to keep “their” Halladay and Cain.

    Comment by CJ — June 14, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

  29. how many times are you gonna make this observation?

    Comment by question — June 15, 2012 @ 12:39 am

  30. Cain seems to be getting better every year and he’s only 27 – in a month he should be going to his 3rd All-Star Game, was on a World Series winning team (and gave up 0 ER in 21 IP), now has a perfect game, and has notably suffered from poor run support until now. in other words i think there’s an outside chance (10-15%?) he ends up a Hall of Famer.

    Comment by question — June 15, 2012 @ 12:51 am

  31. also, Dallas Braden is injured, not a washout.

    Comment by question — June 15, 2012 @ 1:02 am

  32. I agree that Cain is as likely as any 27 year old to get in, but his being 27 is what tempered me from saying it. Even Average Joe HoFer had an excellent career into their 30s, and Cain’s a pitcher. There were too many good young players that weren’t to start anointing him.

    Apologies to Dallas Braden. I remember he was not especially good and I saw he pitched 18 innings in 2011.

    Comment by CJ — June 15, 2012 @ 4:22 am

  33. very nice. thanks. get ready for another perfection today. :)

    Comment by MadMonk — June 15, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  34. But Galarraga DID NOT pitch a perfect game.

    Comment by adohaj — June 15, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

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