Birthday Boy Matt Cain Spotted In Pasadena

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain has experienced nothing less than an unbelievable 2012 regular season. Cain's season began with the signing of the largest contract ever awarded a right-handed starting pitcher. On April 2, the Alabama native inked a five-year/$112.5 million extension to stay with the Giants though at least 2017.

A little more than two months later (June 13), the very well compensated flame thrower hurled a perfect game versus the Houston Astros. Cain's night of perfection included the striking out of 14 Houston hitters, tying him with the great Sandy Koufax for the most K's ever recorded in a perfect game.

Entering Monday night's game at the Los Angeles Dodgers, the three-time All-Star boasts a 16-5 record, with a sterling 2.77 ERA. The man, who used to play second fiddle to fellow Giant righty Tim Lincecum (two-time Cy Young winner), has now firmly established himself as his team's undisputed ace on the mound.

Cain and his NL Western Division-winning teammates have their sights firmly set on the upcoming MLB postseason. Cain was an impressive 2-0, during SF's 2010 World Series run, and will be expected to deliver an even greater level of production, for the Giants to have any chance of winning their second world championship in the last three years.

Monday, the now 28-year-old Cain celebrates his birthday by taking his turn in the Giants' rotation, against the archrival Dodgers.

A few hours prior to grabbing the baseball, Cain and his wife Chelsea were seen walking through the lobby of the Langham Huntington, Pasadena, the Giants' lodging location of choice, when visiting LA to battle the Dodgers.

Dressed casually, the birthday boy was spotted heading outside to deal with the unseasonably 100-degree heat of Pasadena, prior to taking the nine-mile ride down The 110 Freeway to Dodger Stadium.

By all accounts, life is very good for the man who has emerged as perhaps the most respected and revered member of this extraordinary era of San Francisco baseball.