He may not know all the rules of baseball yet, but nine-month-old Bode Dockal has already witnessed history being made on the field twice.
As luck would have it, the only two games the tiny baseball neophyte has ever been to were both perfect, making it the kind of track record that seasoned baseball fans could only envy.
Little Bode was in attendance at White Sox pitcher Philip Humber’s perfect game on April 21, and he was also on the stands when Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd ever perfect game in Major League Baseball history.
Bode’s parents, Paul and Jennifer, moved to Seattle from Chicago and are both White Sox fans, so they decided to bring their toddler to the ballpark during their favorite team’s only trip to their new hometown, MLB.com reported.
They even splurged on pricey first-row seats directly behind the White Sox dugout for the occasion.
Paul Dockal said it was in the sixth inning that he took a look at the scoreboard and realized that they are about to witness something truly remarkable from Chicago pitcher Philip Humber.
‘I turned to my wife, because it was a warm day and she didn’t know how long we should keep Bode out there,’ Mr Dockal told MLB.com. ‘I said, “something really interesting is happening here. I can’t talk about it, but I think it’s happened less than 20 times in the whole history of baseball.”’
By the final out of the game, Humber had become the 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game against the Mariners. While the nine-month-old Bode was none the wiser about the momentous occasion, his parents knew.
‘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,’ Dockal said.
On August 15, Paul Dockal’s brother, Pete, was visiting from Texas with his girlfriend, and the whole family decided to make a day of it take in a ballgame at Safeco Field, where Marines were playing against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, considered one of the team's best pitchers, was on the mound that day, and against all odds, he pitched the third perfect game of the season.
That means that of all the perfect games delivered in the entire 143-year history of baseball, Bode witnessed 8.7 per cent of them, according to CSN Chicago, proving that sometimes, lighting does strike in the same spot twice.
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