As they counted outs by the Bay - four to go ... three ... two ... one - it seemed that everyone at AT&T Park was going berserk.
Everyone, that is, except Matt Cain.
And that's him. That's the guy who refused to criticize teammates despite years of paltry run support; who was unbeaten and unscored upon in the 2010 National League Championship Series and World Series; whom the San Francisco Giants signed to a $127.5 million extension barely more than two months ago; who has been the franchise's pitching pulse since shortly after his 2005 debut.
Wednesday night, Cain was more than the steady ace who snaps devastating sliders and halts losing streaks from behind a steely visage.
He was perfect.
Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in major league history -- the first in the Giants' 130 seasons -- and it unfolded in a way that made you wonder if the baseball gods had huddled together and decided to reward him for his steadfastness.
There was no shortage of offense this time: The G...