As Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden makes his first home start since throwing a “Perfect Game”, Mayor Ron Dellums proclaims Friday, May 21, 2010 as “Dallas Braden Day” to commemorate the historic effort.
“Dallas Braden’s brilliance on the mound was an entire city’s moment of pride,” Mayor Dellums stated in the proclamation. “Mr. Braden’s show of perfection is not only a magnificent feat in sports, but showcases our city and encourages our young people to follow their dreams.”
The Oakland A’s will host an on-field ceremony honoring Braden before Friday’s 7:05pm game against the San Francisco Giants.
On Sunday, May 9, 2010, Dallas Braden retired all 27 batters he faced to achieve the Oakland A’s second perfect game in their history. As Mayor Dellums noted, Braden is only the 19th player in Major League Baseball ever to achieve this goal and that this was the first complete game in Braden’s career.
The mayor also stated within the proclamation that: “A’s fans across the region will be cheering for Dallas Braden and the rest of the Oakland Athletics (tonight) when he takes the mound in Oakland for the first time since his historic day. I believe that the Oakland A’s will use what has been called: ‘The Perfect Homestand’ in Dallas Braden’s honor to re-capture first place and eventually win the division.”