The Sports Page: Justin Germano’s Perfect Game
One of the best things about baseball is that you never know what can happen at the ballpark. Sometimes a 28-year-old journeyman right-hander with a career ERA of 5.02 can have a surprisingly good day. Good to the tune of 27 straight hitters up and down. That’s the case for Justin Germano who last Tuesday threw the 18th no hitter and first perfect game in Columbus Clippers history with a 3-0 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. What may be even more surprising is that this was only the 5th perfecto in the 127 year history of the International League. Germano hurled a tidy 95 pitches in going the distance while striking out 7 Chiefs. The below video is a nice moment. It shows how the Clippers welcomed their hero back the visitors’ clubhouse after the game:
Playing in the minors can be a tricky business. Players are constantly shuffled up and down the corporate ladder and the potential for trades is a constant reminder that a teammate of Monday can be an opponent on Friday. This however, is a nice video. There is really no dialogue to speak of, just a moment with 24 ballplayers welcoming the man who just accomplished one of (if not) the toughest feats in sports: a perfect game. And why shouldn’t they? Twenty of the 27 put outs were in play. As much as perfect games are proud moments for a hurler they are just as proud for the team and city they represent. Really the only negative aspect of this accomplishment is that the game was not played at Huntington Park. Congratulations, Mr. Germano. Well done.