Pitching Perfection In Video Game Baseball Finally More Profitable Than In Real Life

In the last couple of months, both Wade McGilberry and Dallas Braden pitched perfect baseball games. Only Braden is a pro athlete. But McGilberry makes a lot more money.

McGilberry won $1,000,000 for pitching his perfect game in early March. His feat that occurred in MLB 2K10 in early March. The money came via a contest from the company behind the game, 2K Sports.

Braden, who pitched his perfect game for the Oakland A's this past Mother's Day, will take home a mere $420,000 this year, according to ESPN, despite retiring his 27 consecutive batters in real life.

Maybe Braden picked the wrong type of baseball.

But let's look at this as a list, using the most recent five real-life perfect games, and one virtual one, to be sure...

-New York Yankee David Wells pitches perfect (real) game on May 17, 1998. Baseball earnings for that year: $4,666,666 [Source]

-New York Yankee David Cone pitches perfect (real) game on July 18, 1999. Baseball earnings for that year: $9,500,000 [Source]

-Arizona Diamondbacks ace Randy Johnson pitches perfect (real) game on May 18, 2004. Baseball earnings for that year: $16,000,000. [Source]

-Chicago White Sox star Mark Buehrle pitches perfect (real) game on July 23, 2009. Baseball earnings for that year: $14,000,000 [Source]

-Wade McGilberry pitches perfect (virtual) game on March 2, 2010. Baseball earnings for that year: $1,000,000

-Oakland A's newcomer Dallas Braden pitches perfect (real) game on May 9, 2010. Baseball earnings for this year: $420,000.

Well, maybe it's still a better deal to pitch real baseball. Except this year. Mr. McGilberry, lend Mr. Braden a few bucks if he needs it, ok?