Matt Cain threw one of the greatest games in the history of baseball just two weeks ago. The Giants have been playing games since that night—moving into a tie for first place with Dodgers on Wednesday—but Cain's career was changed forever on that fateful evening.
While Giants fans and the organization appreciated the greatness of Cain before the perfect game, he was overshadowed in the national media by his teammate, two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. Even though Cain was pitching better than Lincecum this season before the perfect game, most of the media attention was focused on Lincecum's struggles.
The perfect game has shifted the focus away from The Freak and onto Cain. In two weeks, Cain will not only make his third All-Star team, but he is a top candidate to start the game.
Let's take a deeper look at some of the ways June 13, 2012 changed Matt Cain's career forever.