In basking in the glory of another White Sox perfect game, I'm humbled by not only by how rare the single achievement is, but by how lucky we are to have witnessed it twice.
First you must know that night games start at 2am here. So the only games I can actually watch (through mlb.tv) are the day games. Buehrle's perfecto happened on a Thursday day game, which is a nice 7pm start here so I was able to catch every pitch. Throughout the game I was explaining to my French girlfriend the significance of the event (She is not into sports whatsoever, but she is starting to pick up on baseball. A side note, she was sad to see Buehrle go too and she also thought Carlos Quentin was cute until he took his hat off.)
But I digress. I was explaining in great detail what was happening - not only what a "perfect game" is, but also how rare it is that a perfect game actually happens, and how it is even rarer to have the chance to witness it live. "Once in a lifetime, chèrie!"
"Call your sons, call your daughters, …", Dewayne Wise’s catch, the final out .. she joined me in jumping up and down in the apartment in celebration. What a moment.
So that brings us to Saturday – a nice 10pm start for the game here. We were walking home from dinner and a movie I see on my MLB app on my phone that the game is already in the 5th inning and I see no hits for Seattle. I browse the summary and see that Humber is perfect through 5. We walk much more quickly now. I get home and fire up the mlb.tv and we are in the top of the 6th.
After the 7th inning, I revisit the subject with my girlfriend. "Do you remember what Buehrle did? Well it’s happening again!" Her : "Wow!". I don’t think she understand the gravity of the moment.
We watch, we watch, we watch .. exciting and tense and I continue to stress the rarity of a perfect game … from over 170,000 games played, it’s happened 20 times.
Then the final out – she loves seeing the players celebrate like boys! She joins me in jumping up and down again, and after it’s all done and we (or "I") calm down a bit, she says, "this has happened twice to your team. How rare can it be?"
Oh how lucky we are!