Play of the Week: Perfection
A pitcher’s dream. One of the rarest achievements in all of sports. The Perfect Game. Since the founding of the MLB in 1869, only 20 pitchers have ever produced such perfection. According to Wikipedia, more people have orbited the moon than have pitched a perfect game.
April 21, 2012 was a day for the record books. Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber took the mound with victory on his mind, unaware of what the next nine innings had in store for him. After six innings of play, the Seattle Mariners still showed zeros across the board. Fans and players alike kept quiet, avoiding any chance of jinxing what was looking to be a perfect game. When the bottom of the ninth arrives, surely the only thing on Humber’s mind is, “I am three outs away from perfection.”
A third strike pitch is dropped and zipped to first for out number three. Humber falls to his knees in disbelief as he becomes the 21st pitcher in 143 years of baseball to throw a perfect game.
Here it is, the final out and the TicketCity play of the Week.
(The third strike is thrown at 2:40 in the video)