Monday, August 25, 2008
#647 Pascual Perez
Why this card is awesome: Because, oh man, there are SO MANY stories about Pascual Perez. Again I'm going to invite readers to comment on some of them. Suffice it to say that this guy was one of the most colorful players to ever appear in the majors.
Anyway, this is another card that makes it sound like his brother was retired (just like Al Leiter's card) but in fact Melido was just getting started.
Cool stat: Pascual Perez pitched one of the few rain-shortened no-hitters we've seen since 1956. These games don't count as official no-hitters because the revised rules state that the game must go nine innings. Incidentally, brother Melido achieved the feat as well. Games 2 and 4 on that list are in fact no-hitters, but were 8 inning CGs because they were losses on the road.