2011: A Chiefs Odyssey – Jason’s #2
Perfect: a : being entirely without fault or defect : flawless <a perfect diamond>
Alliance Bank Stadium, this season, was a perfect diamond. I argue that it was so twice.
In 2011, there were two flawless performances at 1 Tex Simone Drive. One by a gentleman with a bat and one by a gentleman attempting to avoid nine bats.
Choosing between perfection is like forcing a Greek citizen to choose his or her favorite God. They’re all limitless within their realms. And this season, Justin Germano of the Clippers and Michael Aubrey of the Chiefs were both heroic in their own ways.
As I write this, I still have the queasy feeling in my stomach of a decision gone wrong.
#2: O Germano, Where Art Thou?
In the bottom-right corner of my scorebook’s home team side on July 26th, I have this note:
“Traded for Joe Randa ’05″
This refers to that night’s Columbus starter, Justin Germano, being offloaded to the Reds in the middle of the oughts for a third baseman who played in just 50 more Major-League games after the deal in question.
In the bottom-left corner lies this:
“14 GP 4 GS, 0-2, 3 SV, 4.58 ERA”
Germano, as that reads, had pitched in relief six more times than he’d started. He’d yet to win. And his earned run average was exceedingly mediocre.
The third batter of the game, Michael Aubrey, had Germano sized up:
1) The hardest hit ball of the night for the Chiefs.
2) The only three-ball count of the night for the Chiefs.
More than Germano’s middling 2011 or his transient existence scrawled in my lineup card, this note told the story:
Germano hadn’t walked a batter over the lifespan of two-and-a-half games. And his control kept the Chiefs off the basepath through eight and two-thirds. Then, Corey Brown came up:
A perfect game. The first one in the International League since 2003. And here’s what it looked like:
Postscript: Germano was lined up to face the Chiefs five days later in Columbus. Before that happened, though, he jumped a flight to Korea to play for the Samsung Lions. Still awaiting word on whether or not he was compensated in U.S. dollars, South Korean won or universal smart phones.