Phillip Humber threw a perfect game yesterday. He joins a crop of pitchers both notable and not. Humber’s outing yesterday, taken in a vacuum and without regard for what happened before and what happens later in his career, is one of the better ones.
A perfect game is not merely a pitching accomplishment. It’s a defensive one as well. As impressive as any single pitch or sequence of pitches thrown in Mark Buehrle’s perfect game is the play made by Dwayne Wise to preserve it. Sometimes the quantity of defensive input is as important in a perfect game as any single play.