In 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.