We were perusing this fresh run-down on Matt Cain‘s perfect game, when we found this item, buried deep in the AP story:
“Cain’s day had already been a success. He was granted permission from general manager Brian Sabean to hit one drive into McCovey Cove alongside U.S. Open golfer Dustin Johnson before the game to show off one of his other favorite pastimes.”
Fox News picked up more of the story here:
“As golfer Dustin Johnson crushed drives from home plate over the right-field wall and into San Francisco Bay, pitcher Matt Cain and manager Bruce Bochy glanced at each other before looking into the stands for approval from Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
The San Francisco ace grabbed a club and smacked one of his own — splashing the ball into McCovey Cove 310 yards away — hours before he threw the first perfect game in Giants history, striking out 14 in a 10-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Cain dazzled with his swing with a 342-yard drive during the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am back in February.
‘I knew he was a good golfer,’ Johnson said about Cain. ‘(Sabean) didn’t want him (to hit). He said he was going inside.’
Reliever Clay Hensley also hit drives from the tee on home plate, and former first baseman J.T. Snow nearly drilled a spotter with a low drive on his second attempt before adjusting his swing and hitting a couple of pretty drives. A few Astros who came outside to watch the fanfare were offered a chance but declined.” Read more at Fox News.
So maybe that’s the secret to Cain’s success–relaxing with a golf club, knocking balls into McCovey Cove, and imagining how to stifle everyone else from doing the same. Dustin Johnson has his chance to shine at 1:58pm today in the first round of the US Open, when he tees off alongside Ryo Ishikawa and Rickie Fowler.