Pitcher Pedro Martinez did not believe in the perfect match when he was on the mound for the Montreal Expos, June 3, 1995, in San Diego.
“I never thought of the perfect match or the match without a point or sure. I just wanted to do a good job to win the victory,” he confided, cited by various media quebec, at the end of this meeting memorable in the face of the Padres.
The story goes that a viewer of San Diego has rather informed Martinez that, after the seventh inning, while he was on track to achieve his feat. The launcher dominican understood suddenly why his teammates had stopped to talk to him in the dugout.
With 1245 games played in career in major league baseball, the catcher Darrin Fletcher doesn’t remember all the details, but he remembers very well that the Expos had failed to escape the encounter. Fletcher also remembers that it had withdrawn Bip Roberts on a relay to home plate, at the end of the 10th round, to prevent the Padres from scoring.
After his double at the expense of Martinez, Roberts had reached the third cushion on a bad throw from reliever Mel Rojas. There was no withdrawal. Later in the inning, Tony Gwynn had hit a wheelchair on the second cushion and the player Expos ‘ Jeff Treadway had managed to pin Roberts who was attempting to score.
“I remember that we had pulled Roberts to the plate and we were all relieved to Pedro, said Fletcher. If we had to lose this match…”
The caught Tarasco
Of course, in a victory of 1 to 0 in 10 innings, each game can be questioned, and baseball. Tony Tarasco had missed the opportunity to attack, but the outfielder had, in return, made a nice caught on the warning track after a ball hit by Scott Livingstone, at the end of the ninth inning, to protect what was then a perfect match.
For lovers of statistics, Martinez had left the mound after having made 96 shots. He had managed nine withdrawals at the stick, including three at the expense of Ken Caminiti. Treadway had produced the only point of the Expos, in the beginning of the 10th inning, pushing Shane Andrews to the marble using a simple.
Little of merit to the recipients
Trivia Question for Darrin Fletcher: who was the catcher for the Montreal Expos during the perfect game, launched by Dennis Martinez in 1991?
“I know, it is Ron Hassey, he replied du tac au tac. I’ve always loved Hassey. It was a good receiver who knew how to do well at important occasions.”
Yet, it’s a safe bet that many supporters of the montreal club had forgotten that this so-called Hassey had guided “El Presidente” at this perfect party. The merits of the recipient are not always recognized.
“The perfect game belongs to the shooter, even if the recipient is an important supplement, has decided Fletcher, in this regard. Anyway, the real supporters know and recognize the importance of the recipient.”
If, like Fletcher, you have answered Hassey to the above question, you are a “true supporter”.