In the over 100 year history of Major League Baseball, there has only ever been 23 pitchers to complete the incredible feat of pitching a ‘perfect game.’
Two of those most recent games may be thanks to a special good luck charm in the stands. A 9-month-old boy named Bode Dockal of Seattle may be MLB’s luckiest fan in history, because the first two pro games he’s ever been to just so happened to end up as perfect games.
According to CBS2 Chicago, Bode’s father Paul took him to his first game at Seattle’s Safeco Field when his favorite team, The White Sox, were in town back in April. Little did he know that the Sox’s starting pitcher Philip Humber would go down as MLB’s 21st perfect game pitcher.
“It’s one of those things that, I don’t think he could understand how important it was for me to be with him until he has a son of his own,” Paul told MLB.com. “The first thing I said to my wife was, ‘This is the best day I’ve ever had with my son.’”
Things got even better a few months later when Paul took his 9-month-old lucky charm to his second pro game on Aug. 15 between Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners, only to be in the crowd to witness Mariners’ Felix Hernandez become the 23rd pitcher in history to throw a perfect game.
The odds of this happening is pretty outstanding, considering that 30 pro teams play 162 games per year and in the history of MLB, only 23 of those games played have resulted in perfect games.
If the Mariners were smart, they’d give little Bode season tickets to their games! Never hurts to have a lucky baby on your side.