Ypsilanti man throws first pitch of MLB's latest perfect game
Ypsilanti resident Chris Bradlee threw the ceremonial first pitch at Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday. Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox made it the beginning of a perfect experience.
Humber threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
According to a Detroit News report, Bradlee got the honor of the first pitch through a relationship with his employer, BASF.
"I turned out to be throwing out the first pitch of a perfect game," Bradlee told the Detroit News. "What are the odds?"
Humber's perfect game was the 21st in Major League Baseball history and the first since Philadelphia's Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. It was the third in White Sox's history, joining Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009, and Charles Robertson against Detroit on April 30, 1922.
Before Saturday, Humber was best known as one of four prospects the Mets traded to Minnesota for two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana in February 2008. That's no longer the case — not after tossing the majors' first no-hitter of the season and the second April perfect game in major league history.
"I don't even know what to say," Humber said. "I don't know what Philip Humber is doing in this list. No idea what my name is doing there, but I'm thankful it's there."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.