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- Philip Humber: Just what are you smiling about?
Not to suggest that Philip Humber’s perfect game Saturday deserves an asterisk, but I’ve watched the replay of the final pitch several times and paused it as often as humanly possible, and there’s no way that pitch was a strike, and it sure doesn’t seem as if pinch hitter Brendan Ryan committed himself on the swing.
Fair enough. Every perfecto deserves a little luck, and Humber never called on his defense to make a play like Dewayne Wise’s circus catch that preserved Mark Buehrle’s three years ago.
If home-plate umpire Brian Runge gave Humber the benefit of the doubt on that final pitch, it should be remembered that it’s not necessary for the umpire to be perfect in a perfect game—although if it were there would be 23 and not just 21 in Major League history.