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This morning's media interview with Dallas Braden

Dallas answered some more questions about his perfect game this morning, describing his feat as a "surreal day" and the week as a "rollercoaster". He says he was "glad he was tall enough for the ride", and always dreamed of being in the spotlight, and both he and his grandmother have had an amazing time. CBS flew his grandmother out for the morning show and Dallas treated her to a spa day. She's "loving" life, as you can imagine. One reporter described his grandmother as a 'cult hero'.

In addition to the hardware that he sent to the Stockton Hall of Fame, Dallas also sent his cleats to Cooperstown. He visited there a few years ago, and he's honored that something of his is "taking up space in that beautiful hall". He hasn't seen the cover of SI yet, but I have. My magazine arrived yesterday, and it's awesome.

He was asked about his upcoming start (which I'll see in person) tomorrow night, and he says that he's prepared; that he hasn't changed his game plan and has done his week's homework for the start. He's not about to sacrifice a week's worth of work for one day, and he's "drained", but sounds happy. He thanked all of his pitching coaches, and says that he learns daily from Duke, Sheets, and even pitchers like Colby Lewis, and is more than willing to pass advice along to his younger teammates, but doesn't feel like a different pitcher himself. He says he'll take Sunday for what it is, and he is thrilled to hear the stories of what that day did for people/fans; it's well worth it. He credits a "higher power", and his mom for having the game go the way it did, all he did was "throw strikes". He doesn't think he'll "rattle off 4 or 5 in a row", which is a shame. I wanted a repeat tomorrow!

His funniest/most memorable text was from Greg Smith, "I'll have you know that was ball four to Kapler".

Dallas also talked about the city of Stockton and says that any time he receives positive attention, he's going to "bring the city with me".

Good luck in your start tomorrow, Dallas!

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