The big takeaway from Yusmeiro Petit’s excruciatingly close brush with fame and history was his humility.
When the 28-year-old right-hander fell one strike and less than a foot of outfield grass short of throwing the 24th perfect game in major-league history Friday night, he could have been crushed.
He should have been crushed when pinch-hitter Eric Chavez ended Petit’s bid with two outs in the ninth by driving a 3-2 pitch into right field, a sinking liner that Hunter Pence lunged with all deliberate effort to catch, only to trap it.
Instead, the Giants’ fill-in starter calmly retook the mound as the air deflated out of AT&T Park, got A.J. Pollock to ground out to end a 3-0 Giants victory over the Diamondbacks, then shot his arms into the air in triumph.
There was no despair in what he lost, only gratitude for what he gained in the game of his life against one of his former teams.
“I was thanking God for everything that happened right there, even though things didn’t go the way I wanted,” Petit said through interpreter Jose Alguacil. “Even when he got the hit, I was thanking God for what happened, being here and showing what I can do.
“This was my first complete game in the big leagues. I felt the same as I would have if I threw a no-hitter.”
Posted: September 07, 2013 at 07:01 AM | 44 comment(s)
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