Sale Tale: Be Careful
What You Wish For
By Paul Ladewski, Executive Director
Posted on Monday, May 13
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale had his perfect game broken up in the seventh inning on Sunday night. Maybe it was for his own good.
Ask ex-teammate Phil Humber, the most recent Chicago pitcher who has seen his fortunes take a sudden and mysterious turn for the worse immediately after the highlight of his career. Since Humber authored a perfect game against Seattle Mariners last spring, he has a 4-13 record and 8.03 earned run average in 33 appearances.
Even four-time All-Stars such as Mark Buehrle have fallen prey to the no-hit jinx over the years. The veteran has a 42-44 record and 4.61 ERA since his perfecto against the Tampa Bay Rays four years ago.
No doubt Sale was disappointed to fall short in his bid for the 19th no-hitter in franchise history, but at least he was part of no small bit of irony. The Houston Astros designated Humber for assignment only hours before it happened.