JR Hildebrand — IZOD IndyCar Series driver and San Francisco Giants fan.

Traveling from a test at Iowa to Milwaukee for the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by XYQ, the 24-year-old Sausalito, Calif., native got to his hotel room off a late flight and was greeted by a text message from a Bay-area friend:

“(Matt) Cain’s perfect through eight innings. You better find a TV.”

“It was definitely one of those spaz-out moments,” Hildebrand said. “I was thinking if this game isn’t on my hotel room TV I’m sprinting to find a bar to see this game. Luckily, they had it on ESPN at that point, and it was just a nail-biter. You know how much pressure that is on a pitcher in that moment, but also the entire team – the catcher, anybody in the field in that stadium at that time.”

Cain completed the feat, earning the first perfect game in San Francisco Giants’ history.

Hildebrand exchanged text messages with a friend who among the 43,000 at AT&T Park to witness history.

“Honestly, I’ve been to plenty of baseball games – and I’m biased – but San Francisco Giants fans are the best in Major League Baseball, and I can only imagine how crazy the atmosphere must have been in that building,” Hildebrand said. “Cain’s been a Giant since he got in the league, just got a mega contract, and then he comes out and delivers. He’s one of those pitchers – like Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee – that in the ninth inning, he looks like he’s in the first.

“He’s a guy you just hope is on the team forever.”

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  1. mazda indianapolis on June 22, 2012 1:09 pm
    mazda indianapolis

    just got a mega contract, and then he comes out and delivers. He’s one of those pitchers – like Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee – that in the ninth inning, he looks like he’s in the first.

  2. wjhracing on June 30, 2012 3:46 pm
    wjhracing

    I am sure that it was great to be in the stadium that night. I am sure as a Giant Fan you were pumped. My experience with a perfect game were not as great. I am a Cincy Red fan and the night that Tom Browning threw his perfect game I was at there with a friend and my young daughter. The game had been delayed 2 hours by rain and my daughter had to be someplace early the next day. So in the seventh inning I told my friend that we needed to leave, he said you do realize that Tom has a perfect game going. To which I daid yeah but there are three more shots and I am sure that it won’t happen. Being the good father I wanted to get my daughter home so she could be ready to go in the mornig. To this day any time I see my friend he reminds me that he missed history because of me. I have never forgiven myself either. But hey go Reds beat the Giants tongiht! JR I hope you have a great rest of the season, I am a fan.

  3. kia indianapolis on July 14, 2012 1:04 am
    kia indianapolis

    just got a mega contract, and then he comes out and delivers. He’s one of those pitchers – like Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee – that in the ninth inning, he looks like he’s in the first.

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