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Post-Perfection: The Day After

         Some notes to get the day started here at Sun Life Stadium, where the top topic remained Saturday night's perfect game by Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.

         Halladay spoke to the media this morning at his locker. Here are a few of the things he had to say:

         -- Vice President Joe Biden phoned to congratulate him. "Obviously, it was pretty cool," Halladay said.  

         -- Halladay said he has the ball from the final out, the pitching rubber, his jersey and hat from Saturday's game. "I'm not huge on a lot of the memorabilia. I think the memories sometimes last longer than that stuff."

         -- The Hall of Fame has not yet contacted him about obtaining personal items from Saturday's perfecto.

         -- Asked why he thought Biden and not Obama called, Halladay joked: "I heard he's (Obama) a White Sox fan. That's the rumor."

          -- On his thinking during the game: "I think you're aware of it. I think everybody has times where you get later into the game with it. It's just something you don't expect. I don't think there's ever a point where you think it's actually going to happen."

          -- Halladay said he thought the closest he came to losing the perfect game came in the ninth when pinch-hitter Mike Lamb led off with a deep drive to center, which was caught on the warning track by Shane Victorino. "I thought  Lamb to lead off the ninth, he hit that ball pretty good, was probably close to going out in 95 percent of the parks," he said. "It's just one of those things, right place at right time, I guess."

          -- Asked how he would react to suggestions that home plate umpire Mike DiMuro's large strike zone aided in the masterpiece, Halladay replied: "Thanks."

          THREE PERFECT GAMES FOR VAN HORNE.....Halladay's perfect game wasn't the first one that Marlins radio broadcaster Dave Van Horne has worked. Van Horne was also behind the mike for Dennis Martinez's gem in 1991 and David Cone's in 1999. It's hard to imagine that anyone else has personally witnessed three perfect games. "I really didn't think about that until I got home last night, and my wife told me that when she said 'That's daddy's third,' my (9-year-old) daughter Madison said, 'Will he be in the Guinness Book of World Records,' because she loves that book."

          PERFECT GAME TWO-TIMERS: Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire was with the Cincinnati Reds when teammate Tom Browning pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1988....Marlins Spanish-language broadcaster Cookie Rojas started at shortstop for the Phillies when Jim Bunning pitched his perfect game in 1964.....Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez was third base coach for the Braves when Arizona's Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game against Atlanta in 2004.

          LINEUPS:

          Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Wes Helms, 3b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Ronny Paulino, c; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. Brett Carroll, rf; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.

          Phillies: 1. Shane Victorino, cf; 2. Wilson Valdez, ss; 3. Chase Utley, 2b; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Jayson Werth, rf; 6. Ben Francisco, lf; 7. Juan Castro, 3b; 8. Brian Schneider, c; 9. Jamie Moyer, p.           

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Glags

I was at this game. I wonder if the non baseball fans were cheering for the spoil or Roy. Before being a marlins fan, I am baseball fan. I for one was cheering for the perfecto. The sad part is there were people around me that had no idea what was going on. Anyways, go fish.

Mr. B

When I saw that the clown umpire was expanding his strike zone to help Halladay, I started flipping between the Rays game and the basketball game. It's bad enough there's a great pitcher on top of his game but when the umpire is helping him, it becomes ridiculous. It was similar to watching NBA refs.

Dr PEP

There is no good reason for umps to get paid if they cannot call balls and strikes as defined in the rule book. It is not hard to monitor their performance.

Halliday gets eternal fame with the help of an ump, while in Detroit tonight, a guy who pitched an even better game was shafted by an arrogant pig of an ump (post-game apology notwithstanding).

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