Straight “A” Performance

By Ben Linton

I know this does not have to do with metro sports, but when a phenomenon like this occurs it cannot go ignored. Today in Oakland on Mother’s Day, A’s Pitcher Dallas Braden threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. For those of you who do not know, a perfect game is when a pitcher retires 27 hitters in a row in nine innings, without letting any of them reach base. This becomes the first perfect game of the 2010 season, the latest one since Mark Buehrle completed a perfect game last year, and is the 19th perfect game of all time.The Athletics won the game 4-0.

When something so unreal occurs, we should reflect and marvel at how great professional athletes are. Studies show that the hardest task to complete in sports is hitting a baseball. Think about it. The average MLB pitcher can throw about a 90 mph fast ball at 132 feet per second. The distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate is 60 ft 6 inches. This gives the batter .458 seconds to react to the pitch, let alone swing the bat and make contact. Don’t even get me started on curveballs.

Basically in .458 seconds the batter has to determine: 1. The type of pitch 2. Whether it is a strike or a ball while completing his stride and getting the bat on the ball. Its almost miraculous to think that there aren’t as many perfect games as there are in history. Well thats enough of a physics lesson for today, Congratulations Dallas Braden, you made momma proud today.

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