He's more than just another local athlete done good.
He's one of the best in the business.
Former Houston High School star Matt Cain got the call again in Game 7 of the National Championship Series to send his team, the San Francisco Giants, to the World Series Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers.
In 2012 for the Giants, Cain has quickly built a hall of fame resume. First, he pitched a perfect game on June 13, the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history. The followed up that performance a month later being named the starting pitcher for the National League at the All-Star Game in Kansas City.
In the baseball postseason for San Francisco, Cain pitched his second clincher of October, guiding the Giants to its 20th NL pennant and their 19th World Series.
"The whole series has been miserable," said Houston High baseball coach Lane McCarter. "My son he is four and he is for the Cardinals. I can't convince him that Matt Cain played here. So it is just, it's great for baseball. Makes this whole area excited about it."
In addition to pitching 5 2/3 innings, the 16-game winner from Germantown, who didn't surrender an earned run during his team's title run two years ago, reached 46 pitches through two innings but settled in nicely the rest of the way to avenge a loss to Lohse in Game 3.
He also added an RBI single to his cause and got some sparkling defense behind him.
The Houston High School community in Germantown has been basking in pride for weeks and weeks while Cain performs for the Giants.
"This is the World Series of this area, but only one team can go on," said Connor Hawthorne, Houston
High Mustang ballplayer. "There are a lot of local fans going for the Cardinals. A lot of Matt Cain fans, too."
"I root for Cain every time," added Brad Fly, Mustang baseball assistant coach. "The coaches they know best, the players they don't. We have always been Cain's fans either way it goes down. I think it's going to be a good match up. I think Cain will prevail at the end."
High school kids may not say it all the time but meeting a professional athlete who plays the same sport as them is always exciting. Meeting one of the best in his sport that went to the same school as you, it means a little more.
"It's something to aspire to, seeing how far he can go make it to the big time," Hawthone said. "Make it in the spotlight something we can try to achieve."
"here is a guy who walked the same halls as they are, was on the same field as they are and doing the same thing that he was doing," McCarter said. "If it doesn't make them work hard, I don't know what will."
"He comes around, everybody stops and stares a little bit and thinks, it's almost like a legend walking around," Fly added. "This field is his field. He came out of Houston. He dominated and these kids look up to him."
Cain pitched the Giants' Game 5 division series clincher at Cincinnati, when San Francisco became the first team in major league history to come back from an 0-2 deficit in a five-game series by winning three consecutive road games.
"I sent him a text after he beat the Reds and it said keep the storybook season going," McCarter said. "That's what it's been. It started with the perfect game and then the All-Star Game, then the playoffs. It's just one thing after another and we don't want it to end."
"You couldn't write a better script," Fly added. "You look at someone like that. At that age at 28, to have something like that on his resume, he is a hall of famer in the making. Rather, he stops baseball right now he is a hall of famer."
Game 1 of the 2012 Fall Classic starts Wednesday on FOX13.
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