So, what could be better than pitching the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history? Well, for Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber, that answer could be finally getting a tweet from New York Jets QB Tim Tebow.
Phil Humber saw 27 hitters, and put them all away.
Humber tossed a perfect game Saturday, striking out eight batters against the Seattle Mariners in his second start of the season. He’s the 21st pitcher to accomplish the feat. Mark Buehrle, now with the Miami Marlins, was the last White Sox to accomplish the feat, doing so in July of 2009. Roy Halladay was the last pitcher to face the minimum amount of batters, accomplishing that feat with the Philadelphia Philles two years ago.
Once a top New York Mets pitching prospect, he was included in the multi-player deal that sent Johan Santana to Queens from Minnesota. After scuffling for several seasons, Humber found his way back to the majors last year, making the Chicago White Sox’s five-man rotation mid-way through the season.
“When I was young I had big dreams. I thought I was going to go out there and dominate every time. It hasn’t worked out that way to this point.”
I have made my fair share of jokes at Humber’s expense, mostly because he has failed to live up to the promise that made him part of the Johan Santana trade package. Unfortunately, writing and making jokes about baseball often requires making fun of the players, usually because they are physically unable to do what they have spent their lives working towards. It’s important to remember that athletes are people, too, with their own dreams and struggles. I now plan on purchasing vast quantities of Philip Humber merchandise to make amends.
In honor of this, please enjoy Wilco’s fitting song, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.”