Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vin Scully, on Perfect Emotion

Vin Scully, from last night's telecast:

He was thirty-six years old and he had trouble with alcohol, but on this day in 1991, he earned the nickname "El Presidente." We're talking about Dennis Martinez, from Nicaragua. He pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers.

There were seventeen ground balls, he struck out five, there were two foul ball outs, and three fly balls to the outfield. El Presidente indeed.

Let's go back to this one.

Oh and one the count.

I think the moment I will treasure — there are so many ball players who are pretty blasé, some will show some emotion after a big win — but for Dennis Martinez, it was incredible.

Considering his battles with alcohol and everything else, when he pitched that perfect game, he sat in the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and cried his heart out. It was quite a sight.

2 comments:

Fred's Brim said...

I went to the Expos' next game in San Francisco. Denny was out and about, throwing around and talking to the fans, still glowing from the day before.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jayson Stark says Oswalt will give the OK on the Phillies deal.