Well, I guess we'll be talking about Dallas Braden for more than 15 minutes.
What can we say? Amazing. Hilarious. Jaw-dropping.
As the timing went, we were in a Fenway Park interview room, participating in Joe Girardi's pre-game news conference, as Braden picked up the first two outs of the ninth inning. Then Gabe Kapler made the final out as we were walking from the interview room back to the clubhouse.
By the time we walked into the visitors' clubhouse, we could see Braden hugging his grandmother. Tonight's starting pitcher A.J. Burnett laughed and pretended to be Braden, saying, "I love you, Grandma, but don't cross my mound, ba-bee!"
A-Rod already was out on the field stretching by the time the perfecto went in the books, but he realized that the media pack was going to want a reaction, so he offered this:
"I’ve learned in my career that it’s always much better to be recognized for some of the great things you do on the field, and good for him. He threw a perfect game and even better, he beat the Rays. Thanks, guys."
The funniest thing is, of course, that it's A-Rod. You know that, if Braden had gone after Derek Jeter, instead, Braden would've been struck by lightning the next day.
By the way, did you see what Braden's grandmother said? "Stick it, A-Rod." Man, things are rough in the 209.
I'll be writing this as my column for tomorrow's Newsday, so I'll try to put together some more coherent thoughts. For now, though, it's pretty much laughter.