OAKLAND -- Adam Rosales gets the question a lot, and he never hesitates: "Whenever Little Leaguers ask me what's my most memorable moment, it's that day."Referring to Dallas Braden's perfect game against the Rays seven years ago Tuesday, Rosales says, "Of my whole career, that is absolutely the highlight."The fact
OAKLAND -- Adam Rosales gets the question a lot, and he never hesitates: "Whenever Little Leaguers ask me what's my most memorable moment, it's that day."
Referring to Dallas Braden's perfect game against the Rays seven years ago Tuesday, Rosales says, "Of my whole career, that is absolutely the highlight.
"The fact that it was Mother's Day, and the story with him and his grandma, it was really special."
Braden's grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, raised the former A's pitcher single-handedly while running a motel following her daughter's death -- Braden's mother -- when he was in high school. Wearing a white and pink A's cap that day, Mother's Day, she was among those in attendance at the Coliseum to watch her grandson make history.
And on Tuesday, three of the players who were in the A's starting lineup for the perfect game were back at the Coliseum readying for an ordinary May 9 contest: Oakland's Rosales and Rajai Davis, and Cliff Pennington, who now plays for the Angels.
"That was something special," Davis said. "That's the only perfect game I've been a part of, and it's obviously something you'll always remember."
Rosales and Pennington partnered in the middle infield behind Braden, who retired all 27 Rays batters he faced for the 19th perfect game in Major League history.
Pennington, stationed at shortstop, recorded the final out, fielding a ground ball off the bat of Gabe Kapler and throwing it across the diamond to first baseman Daric Barton.
"You know, as players, you're always like, 'I want the ball. I want the ball hit to me,'" Pennington said. "But then in those moments, you're telling yourself that, but in the back of your mind, you're like, 'Do I really?'
"It actually hit off the cup [of the bat] so it was spinning back towards center field. I guess you can't really tell on the video, but it was kind of weird, not exactly routine. Not like a normal, regular grounder. It was kind of a funny one. It was a cool thing to be a part of, obviously."
Said Rosales: "I was thinking, give me the ball. I made sure for Dallas that my mentality was, give me the ball. I was diving, I was doing everything to get the ball."
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.