Nearly two months have passed, and everyone is still talking about the greatest pitching feat, not only of this Major League Baseball season, but also in the Giants' entire history. Now the time has come to auction off some must-have items used on the night of June 13 at AT&T Park, where Matt Cain threw the franchise's first perfect game.
To celebrate that 14-strikeout masterpiece in a 10-0 victory over Houston, the Giants are offering fans an exclusive opportunity to purchase a piece of history between now and 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 19. Here are examples of authenticated "Perfect Cain" memorabilia you can find at MLB.com Auction, either for bidding or for direct purchase:
Ball pitched during 14th strikeout: Included is the one he threw in the top of the eighth to Brett Wallace for an 87-mph slider into the dirt. That made it a full count, putting the perfect game in jeopardy, but Cain would post his final strikeout one pitch later, matching Sandy Koufax's 1965 record for most punchouts in a perfect game. This ball was removed from the game after the dirt slider, authenticated by MLB, given its own hologram, signed by Cain on the dirty spot, and auctioned with an opening bid of $518.
Signed replica lineup card: Buy it now for $299 and you'll have a collectible with Cain's autograph. It's sort of amusing to actually see the seven "Available Pitchers" who could have relieved, just in case Cain needed a hand. It also has Bruce Bochy's signature, which was required to make it official that night.
K panels: Cain struck out the first two batters of the game and just kept going. The Giants have eight of those placards that were hanging on the K Counter Wall that night, and each one is on the block.
Signed jerseys: There are 12 of these authentic home Giants jerseys, and each comes with the inscription: "MATT CAIN 18 P.G. 6/13/12".
Perfect Game Set: Buy it now for $199 and you'll get a replica lineup card, dirt from the field that night and a photo of Cain in action. You also can instantly own a desktop collectible with dirt or a Perfect Game Dirt Key Chain.
"It felt like the World Series," Cain said after his gem, "but it almost felt a little bit louder, a little crazier. Every strike [the spectators] were going nuts for. It was really amazing. I've never had that much excitement, every pitch, every strike, every swing."
The MLB.com Shop also has a DVD of the perfect game.