Matt Cain + Great Friends = Perfect Night – by Brad Mangin

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Brad Mangin, Jon Becker, Matt Maiocco, and Steve Owyoung hold up their ticket stubs after Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros on June 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Giants fan)

San Francisco Bay Area sports photographer Brad Mangin was able to witness Giants pitcher Matt Cain’s perfect game, but as spectator.

It’s been two days since San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain hurled his perfect game at the Houston Astros at AT&T Park in San Francisco. For the first time in Giants franchise history (going back 128 years) and only the 22nd time in Major League history a pitcher retired all 27 men he faced. This is truly a rare and special feat, and unlike many people, I will not be lying when I tell friends for the rest of my life that YES, I was there. As a fan. And I loved it!

Why was I there? Because my old friend Matt Maiocco (formerly of Hayward Daily Review Bears fame, currently of COMCAST Sportsnet Bay Area fame) sent me and a few other friends a text message on Sunday night, June 10, at 7:09pm. “Do you slappies want to go to Giants game Wednesday?” he asked.

I immediately responded. “Damn. I am already going Tuesday night. Maybe!” I texted back.

“Ok… Sounds like a definite maybe,” Matt wrote.

“Pretty much. Sounds like fun!” I confirmed.

Continue reading on Brad’s blog.

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Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants pitches to Houston Astros batter Jason Castro with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning on June 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Matt Cain and his San Francisco Giants teammates celebrate after the final out of his perfect game against the Houston Astros on June 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Brad Mangin

Brad Mangin holds up his ticket stub after Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants teammates threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros on June 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Matt Maiocco)

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