Sox's Humber earned an off night
CHICAGO -- Philip Humber’s life can finally begin returning to some normalcy.
Humber’s professional and personal lives have been a rollercoaster the past 12 days, and the completion of his evening Wednesday should finally mark the beginning of somewhat smoother ride for him.
The craziness all began with him throwing a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners on April 21. That was followed by all the attention and media appearances -- including doing “The Late Show” Top 10 with David Letterman -- that goes with being just the 21st pitcher in major league baseball to throw a perfect game.
His personal life caught up with his professional one Tuesday when his wife, Kristan, gave birth to their first child, John Gregory. The child was expected on May 7.
And finally, Humber took the mound Wednesday and threw the type of game most would expect from someone who had just experienced his second life-changing moment in the span of two weeks.
Humber received a no-decision in the White Sox’s 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, but it wasn’t a performance he planned to someday tell his child. He allowed four hit, three runs, walked a career-high six batters, and he twice escaped bases-loaded situations in the first three innings.
The obvious reason for why Humber struggled Wednesday was there for his taking, but he opted to pass on it.
“I’m not going to use any of that as an excuse,” Humber said. “It’s definitely been different. But there’s things other guys have to go through and handle. You have to find a way to focus on what you’re doing. I don’t think that’s been an issue.
“I didn’t feel great. I didn’t have great stuff. There are other times you don’t have great stuff. I’m not going to blame it on lack of sleep or anything like that. Having a new baby is a blessing. I’m going to enjoy that, and the same time do my job, which is come in and give this team a chance when I’m on the mound.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was easier on Humber. Ventura understood what his pitcher had been through.
“It’s one of those things he’s got a lot of stuff going on,” Ventura said. “I guess it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for him. I think that’s more what it is than him not being a good pitcher.”
While caring for a newborn is no easy task, Humber’s life should be able to find a rhythm again soon. When he pitches again on Monday, he’ll be looking to find a realistic balance between his perfect game and his last two inconsistent outings.
“It’s been hectic, but for whatever reason I haven’t been pitching well the last couple times out,” Humber said. “I really just got to get back to the basics. If I can do that, things are going to get better.”