Throwing a perfect game in baseball is already one of those one-in-a-million life accomplishments. So what are the odds that a pitcher throws a perfect game while he brother is doing the radio play-by-play?
It happened Tuesday night in college baseball as University of Miami pitcher Javi Salas set down 27 straight batters against Villanova. His younger brother Jorge was calling the game for WVUM, the student radio station at The U. Jorge, a 19-year-old freshman, was calling only his second game.
As a broadcaster, you're going to be psyched to call a perfect game. But when it's your brother throwing it? Shoot, this beats any Christmas present they got as kids.
Here's Jorge's ecstatic call of the final out:
At the start of the inning, Jorge was up front with listeners about his excitement: "I just want to say something ... I'm Javi's little brother, just to make sure that everyone knows … if I get a little too excited you guys know why."
According to Deadspin, management at WVUM had assigned Jorge Salas to call the game long before it was known who would be pitching. So this was, as cheesy as it sounds, fate.
Javi Salas, a senior at Miami, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins last season in the 38th round, but decided to stay in school. That led him to the signature moment of his college career. He threw 113 pitches Tuesday night, 76 of them for strikes.
The Hurricanes, ranked No. 16 in the country, had no trouble supporting Salas offensively. They won the game 17-0 over Villanova (2-8 on the season), scoring in every inning but the first. The drama in the game was really whether Salas could keep his perfect game alive.
Listen to the complete final inning below.
After the game, the two brothers met in the broadcast booth for a post-game interview. You could feel the love from Javi, and you could feel it again Wednesday when he talked more about his relationship with his younger brother.
“I can’t believe I’m in the radio booth with my brother right now, this might be better than the perfect game,” he said with a grin, and then added Wednesday afternoon, “It was one of the coolest moments of my life, the fact that he’s doing what he loves, I’m doing what I love and we got to share that moment. He means so much to me and my success. We’re best friends, and I love him to death. The fact we got to share that moment was surreal.”
This was the 22nd perfect game in the history of college baseball. But for the Salas family, it's one-of-a-kind.
BLS H/N: Deadspin
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