A's celebrate 'Dallas Braden Day'

A's celebrate 'Dallas Braden Day'

OAKLAND -- Grandma Peggy fondly remembers the days when she would take her grandson out for a game of catch.

"He always used to tell me I look like a flamingo," Peggy Lindsey said.

Several years have passed since then, but Lindsey was given another go at it when afforded the opportunity to throw out Friday's first pitch to grandson Dallas Braden, whom she raised alone after his mother, Jodie Atwood, passed away of cancer nine years ago.

Lindsey, a lefty like her grandson, was on hand Friday to celebrate "Dallas Braden Day," as was deemed by Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, to commemorate Braden's historic perfect game May 9.

Before the A's took on the visiting Giants, Braden was not only presented with the home plate from the perfecto but with a ring that boasted 51 diamonds on the face -- for his number -- along with 27 diamonds around the edge in honor of the 27 successive outs he recorded. Lindsey, standing alongside in the arms of Braden, received a matching pendant.

"It's been fun sharing this with Dallas," Lindsey said. "We're very close, so I wouldn't expect it to happen any other way."

The past two weeks have been something of a whirlwind for the pair, who have already taken part in TV interviews with the likes of ESPN and CBS. Despite the suddenly busy schedule, though, Lindsey is still standing on cloud 10, as Braden noted.

"My friends have all been making fun of me," she said, "saying I'm a celebrity and always seeing me on TV.

"It's been hectic, but really fun."

The A's rounded out the special pregame ceremony, which also honored Braden's perfecto batterymate, Landon Powell, by unveiling a logo on the left-field wall in memory of the game.

"This doesn't seem like it's real," Lindsey said. "It's crazy."