It’s Election Day in America, and these two men want your vote:
When he was a U.S. Senate candidate in August 2004, Barack Obama threw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Kane County Cougars game. (The moment was later commemorated on a baseball card in the 2009 Cougars team set.) In the photo of the event seen below, the Cougars pitcher standing next to the future president is Dallas Braden, who went on to throw a perfect game for the Oakland A’s in May 2010.
Braden pitched in only five games with the Cougars, going 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 23 IP. He made his major-league debut with the A’s in 2007 and is currently a free agent.
(For the record, I hoped to balance out this post with information about Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan throwing out a ceremonial first pitch in Beloit — he’s from nearby Janesville — but I couldn’t find any evidence that he ever did so.)