I am a die hard Cubs fan, but I am also a baseball fan. Today the highest achievement possible for a Major League pitcher was accomplished. Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven down. That is the feat that Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber competed today. I was not able to watch the entire game, but the last inning was televised during the game of the week. In the entire history of the game of baseball only twenty-one perfect games have been thrown.
Here’s the math. Major League Baseball was founded in 1869. But, since 1900-2008 there were 173,000 games played [Source], give or take a few hundred since then. The percentage of games that have been perfect is 21/173,000. This amounts to .0001 perfect of the games have been perfect. This is like saying none of the games have been perfect because it happens so infrequently. But, that is exactly why they are remembered!
Two things stand out. First, the Mariners fans are fans of the game. They saw their team lose and yet applauded the feat that they witnessed. It was a great thing to see.
Second, watching a man overcome the situation by staying in control of himself was impressive. The first batter of the inning had a three ball, no strike count and Humber comes back to strike him out. Sports are great events. The fans get to watch premier athletes performing at the top levels of sports competition.