Mariners Point of View — The Perfect Game
From a Mariners perspective, yesterday’s perfect game by White Sox righthander Philip Humber at Safeco Field was not a welcome result of the game. At the same time, it was a chance for most Mariners personnel to witness a piece of baseball history.
As we watched the last part of the game, specifically the ninth inning, it was clear that the fans in the park were aware of the potential perfect game, and they were into every pitch…..especially when Humber went to a 3-0 count on Michael Saunders, who led off the ninth. Every pitch was a big pitch, and the crowd was definitely “into it.”
We were surprised to hear several national commentators, and a few local commentators, criticizing Mariners fans for turning on the Mariners team and rooting for a perfect game. We think those comments were off the mark.
Yes, the fans gave Philip Humber a great ovation when he was walking off the field after the White Sox celebration. And we thought that was classy for Seattle fans. We don’t think Mariners fans should be criticized for being excited and hanging on every pitch in the ninth inning.
The perfect game against the Mariners was not the game plan. But we think our fans should be lauded for appreciating the situation and acknowledging the opponent at the right time. At least that’s how we see it.