PHILIP HUMBER BETTER ENJOY HIS PERFECT GAME BECAUSE THIS IS ABOUT IT FOR HIM
April 22 2012
Seattle, Washington – There are few achievements in sport as clear, as unmuddied, as the perfect game in baseball. While many records in team sports are often coloured by things such as bad calls, mistakes by teammates, or just the simple need to participate with others, the perfect game stands alone, just as the pitcher himself does.
In the long history of professional baseball, only 21 perfect games have ever been thrown. Considering the sheer number of games played that small number clearly shows what a difficult task accomplishing it can be, and in what rarefied air the handful of players who have been able to be perfect truly are.
Philip Humber is now one of those player, etching his name into the record books alongside giants such as Cy Young, Don Larsen and Sandy Koufax. Leading his team to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners, the White Sox hurler was quite literally perfect, putting himself into baseball history with only eighty pitches. Humber and his teammates celebrated through the night, but now the reality of the accomplishment, and having to live up to it especially when people forget about it in a day or two, will likely haunt Humber for the rest of his career.
“I mean, I can’t even put it into words. I’m just so happy. There are so many good things happening right now. This just adds to the list. God is so good,” Humber told Fox after the game.
It’s not clear what else is going so great for Humber, but it’s believed likely that after this peak everything will come crashing down in some kind of awful event, possibly even a severe injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season.
In six years, Humber has played for four different teams with an 11-10 record and 4.12 era so it’s likely that this perfect game was just a huge fluke.
“There have been some great pitchers who have thrown perfect games, great pitchers, legendary ones in fact, but it’s unlikely that despite this success that Humber will add his name to that list. He has been a journeyman already and has a terrible record. He isn’t, despite this, one the level with Cy Young. They aren’t going to be naming any pitching trophies after Philip Humber so he needs to just check himself,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “I don’t want to rain on his parade or anything because it was a great game but he just shouldn’t be getting too full of himself after this. If for no other reason, he does play for the White Sox which doesn’t really count for much.”
Humber also played for the Mets, the Twins, and the Royals, kind of.
“This is certainly going to be his career highlight because I can tell you that he isn’t going to come even close to this again. I mean it’s possible that this is the moment when he breaks, when he finally becomes the pitcher he was always meant to be but I think the chances of that are rather slim because he has pretty much sucked thus far into his career,” continued Marvins. “I mean he does play professional baseball and he’s played it well enough to stick around which is certainly something, but it’s not a big thing and really if he were going to become a great pitcher he likely would have by now. In the end, this will likely prove to be the game he compares all other games to and that will certainly be disappointing.”
Humber also reportedly celebrated with his family or something.
Alexi Orton, Sports Correspondent