Philip Humber now gets to hang out with Kate Upton
Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history on Saturday as his White Sox defeated the Mariners 4-0. Humber struck out nine, got five groundouts, and 13 flyouts as he retired all 27 batters he faced. Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis reminds us of the reward Humber will receive for his historical feat:
Congrats to P. Humber on the PG… Now you get to hang out with Kate Upton.#sorryverlander
— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) April 21, 2012
That was a reference to the MLB 2K12 commercial featuring Kate Upton, dean of the Perfect Club:
Justin Verlander may have a Cy Young and MVP, but he’s still not in the Perfect Club. He did respond to Humber’s accomplishment on Saturday and mentioned the Perfect Club:
Asked Justin Verlander about The Perfect Club: “Just can’t get in. Kate Upton’s just going to let (Humber) go right by now and stop me.”
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 22, 2012
Incidentally, Verlander, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, was taken one pick ahead of Humber. The guy picked ahead of both pitchers? You guessed it, Matt Bush.
Humber was also one of the top prospects the Mets sent to the Twins for Johan Santana in 2008. Minnesota hardly saw a return from that deal; neither Humber nor Kevin Mulvey ever won a game for them, and Carlos Gomez was traded to Milwaukee after two disappointing seasons. Maybe this is a sign that Humber, who now has 12 career wins, finally has his career on track.
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