White Sox pitcher Philip Humber’s perfect game Saturday was applauded on the North Side as it was throughout baseball.
“Watching something that’s only happened 21 times in baseball, it’s one of those special things,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “I was having dinner with my wife and the game was on. I didn’t pay that much attention until someone said ‘He’s got a perfect game going,’ so I asked to have the TV moved.
“I was part of one that was 8⅔ innings as a shortstop [with the Milwaukee Brewers on May 28, 1988, for pitcher Odell Jones against Cleveland]. Ron Washington broke it up against us in Cleveland.
“To finish it with a 3-2 slider and have enough savvy to throw a slider as pretty impressive. It’s great, and I’m happy for the kid, and great for Robin [Ventura] to see that in his first year as a manager.”
Pitcher Ryan Dempster watched highlights of Humber’s historic game against the Seattle Mariners.
“It’s pretty impressive. I know he’s always had the talent and it’s just impressive to do that,” Dempster said.
“I was joking that a guy will have a no-hitter going into the eighth or ninth and no one talks to him. If it’s ever me, I want someone to come up to me in the ninth and say ‘you have a perfect game going.’ I should only be so lucky,” he added smiling.