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April 21 vs. the Seattle Mariners

Today's Sox Crew:
Phil Humber designed and built a perfect structure. The foundation, the framing, the finishing all were in perfect harmony. A masterpiece.

Short Take:Philip Humber pitched a perfect game. End of story.


Philip Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in Major League history today for the Chicago White Sox as they beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 at Safeco Field.

This report is the text equivalent of a mouth agape and an awestruck shake of the head. I don't want to diminish Humber's accomplishment by cluttering it with too many words, but let me try.

Philip Humber has been through a lot. After being a promising first-round pick in 2004, his career was put on hold for a year in 2005 when he went through and recuperated from Tommy John surgery. He was traded, bounced around, put on waivers twice, and in 2010 was hit in the face by a line drive. The White Sox picked him up as a spare arm and he was respectable in 2011 with a 9-9 record and a 3.75 ERA.

Now go back and read the first sentence of this report. He's done what's only been done 20 other times in over 130 years of Major League Baseball. In the post-game interview Humber himself was dumbstruck at what had happened. He got the ceremonial water-cooler dump, and he liked it.

"Dominant" is the only word that applies. Humber could do no wrong today, throwing only 96 pitches through nine innings and notching nine strikeouts. The only time he came close to what could be called shaky was the ninth, when he went to a 3-2 count on two-out pinch-hitter Brendan Ryan and threw a wide slider that would've been ball four had Ryan not taken a half-swing at it. Strike three -- Humber fell to his knees in disbelief and gratitude and the dugout emptied in wild abandon.

Other players did participate today, not that anybody noticed after about the seventh inning. Paul Konerko hit a solo homer in the second, and in the third hit a screamer off the left-field wall so fast that he could only get a single. But it also drove home Gordon Beckham to make it 2-0 for the Sox. A.J. Pierzynski then singled home Brent Morel for the Sox' third run. The fourth run came in the ninth after defensive replacement Brent Lillibridge singled and later scored on an RBI single by Alejandro De Aza. That made it 4-0, where it would stay to show for all time next to Philip Humber's name on that short list of perfect-gamers.

We were fortunate enough to be in attendance for Mark Buehrle's perfect game. It was a lazy Thursday afternoon where little was expected except a nice day spent at the ballpark. After the fourth inning I noticed there'd been no hits; "How about that?" I said. After the seventh inning a nervous fellow behind us admonished, "Don't say a word! Don't say a word!" The air was surreal and tense as we watched every pitch as if Buehrle was defusing a bomb. When the final out was made we were able to breathe, just realizing that we'd been nearly holding our breath for the last few innings.

I watched today's game on TV and caught myself shallow-breathing again. God, I love baseball.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate perfection, especially from grinders."

submitted by tebman.

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