Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bro of the Day: Philip Humber

By Adam Maher / @ArtoMar1

Before Mark Buehrle's perfect game in June 2009, a White Sox pitcher hadn't heaved 27 straight outs in one game since Charlie Robinson did in April 1922. And since that day 90 years ago, when 25,000 spectators watched the 26-year-old C-Rob hurl just 90 pitches (6Ks) to douse Detroit, not a single pitcher in all of Major League Baseball had hurled a perfect game in the month of April, until yesterday.

Philip Humber, like most athletes, is a bonafide journey man. His first four years in the MLB were spent in the farm leagues with the Mets and the Twins (in 2008 he was a part of the Johan Santana deal). He didn't make his debut on the mound until 2010, playing for the Royals by then. Last season, he was moved again to the White Sox, where he began to see some real work, going 9 - 9 in his first-ever season in a Major League starting rotation.

His first decision of 2012, however, would be a different story.

Humber was born is Texas in 1982, and was drafted by the Yankees in 2001. He opted to attend Rice University. When he was 11, his first major exposure to Major League Baseball came in the form of a visit to a Chicago White Sox Spring Training game in Florida. He was visiting a family friend, Robert Ellis, who pitched MLB style from 1996 until 2003. Ellis was drafted by the White Sox in 1991 and as well spent five years at various levels of baseball before throwing his first Big League pitches. How's that for a bookend story?

Without a doubt, Humber is today's Bro of the Day. The guy is living the dream. His immediate words to the press in the post game were something to remember.
"I'm just so happy. There are so many good things that are happening right now. God is so good. I got a little boy on the way. I just want to say hi to my wife she's at home and I love you, baby...that's for you."
Sounds like we got ourselves a regular Bubba Watson. Congrats to Philip Humber on throwing the 21st perfect game (Humber's was at Seattle - only a third of which have come on the road) in Major League Baseball history with his first win of the 2012 MLB regular season.

B of the D has never been easier.

On a sidenote: Is it just me, or has every sensational sports performance of 2012 (and 2012 has been a extra-sensational year so far) thus far been by an outspoken Christian? Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, Bubba Watson and now Philip Humber have all mentioned God before their families in their post-game interviews. God is certainly playing a major role in this year's sports stories. More than any year I can remember. Coincidence that it's 2012, Mayan Calendar dare I say?

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