Heyman: Humber An Unlikely Hero
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(WSCR) When Philip Humber was drafted No. 3 overall by the Met in 2004, expectations where high.
Those expectations, however, had little effect on reality. Humber has been tossed around, playing for the Mets, Twins and Royals before finding a home with the White Sox. Coming into his start against the Mariners on Sunday, the 29-year-old right-hander had just 11 wins over parts of seven seasons.
All of those factors make Humber’s perfect game even more incredible.
“It’s a great thing for Phil Humber,” Jon Heyman of CBS Sports told The Mully and Hanley Show. “This is a guy who was a forgotten man. He was released basically twice. … He only had two wins when he got to age 28 after being a No. 3 overall pick. It’s great to see that he was able to make himself into a major league pitcher, much less a guy throwing a perfect game. He’s an unlikely guy to do it.
LISTEN: Jon Heyman on The Mully and Hanley Show
“It’s just an amazing story for a guy who had never completed a game before to throw a perfect game. I think he had the second fewest wins of any perfect game thrower. I look at that list and it’s interesting to see Sandy Koufax and Catfish Hunter — pitchers who are very good and Hall of Famers. But you also have a few guys that are just total shocks. He’s obviously one of them at this moment. He may end up having a pretty good career. Some guys find it at age 28 or 29. It is possible.”