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Ryan Perry provides nice father-son moment

Apr 11, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

perry throwing.JPGIn sports we often get some of the best stories.  Today, thanks to Tigers reliever Ryan Perry and MLive.com’s Steve Kornacki, we have another. 

Perry, a 23-year-old promising relief prospect, recorded the first save of his young career Saturday with 1 1/3 innings of flawless pitching against the Indians.  He wanted to the give the ball to his father afterward, but third baseman Brandon Inge had already tossed it to a child in the crowd.  Inge didn’t realize it was Perry’s first save, and made up for the mistake by trading the young souvenir-holder an autographed bat.  Ball secured, Perry then handed it to his old man.

“That was one of the highlights of my career so far,” Perry said after the Detroit victory.  “I gave the ball to my dad,” Perry said. “He was pretty pumped up,
said ‘thank you’ and smiled.”

Perry has a 2.45 ERA, two holds and a 0.55 WHIP in 3 2/3 innings this season.  He could take over ninth-inning duties for the Tigers once Jose Valverde’s two-year, $14 million contract runs out.

  1. smithevne - Apr 12, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Nothing against Mr Gainey, but while teams build and rebuild, he seems to go at a snails pace with trying to get the Montreal Canadiens on top. After last seasons promising regular season ended with a quick exit at the hands of the Flyers, many are concerned that Mr Gainey doesnt know how to build a teamthat can compete during the long, physical playoff grind, drafting smaller players with skill but no physical presence, or bigger players with limited skills. His failure to add a Corey Perry, a Anse Kopitar or a Ryan Getzlaf a few drafts ago hurt the most, as the Habs have needed a dominant big center and power foward for years, and Gainey passed each up at their respective drafts.
    Cho Yung Tea

  2. peteinfla - Apr 12, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    WTF are you talking about? This is a baseball blog!

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