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.