Any other time historic Fenway Park turning 100 would likely steal headlines from anything else going on in baseball. However, for better or worse, there are plenty of contenders for top story of the week.
Phil Humber spun the 21st perfect game in MLB history when the White Sox topped Seattle, 4-0, on April 21. Humber, who was the No.3 overall pick by the New York Mets in 2004 came into to league with much promise. 2005 Tommy John Surgery sidetracked Humber’s career and he didn’t win his first MLB game until 2010. Humber joins Mark Buehrle (July 23, 2009) and Charles Robertson (April 30, 1922) as White Sox that fashioned perfection on the hill.
The Cincinnati Reds banged out 12 hits in a 9-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on April 20 for the 10,000th win in franchise history. The Reds join the Cubs, Dodgers, Braves, Giants and Cardinals as the only teams to reach this
milestone mark. “To be part of it is pretty special,” Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs told the Associated Press. Winds gusting up to 27 MPH made the 35 degree game time temp even chillier. Homer Bailey worked seven strong innings to pick up his first win of the season.
The Toronto Blue Jays turned the first triple-play in the franchise’s 33 year history against Kansas City on April 20. The Royals had men on first and second in the third inning when Eric Hosmer lined out to Jays first baseman
Adam Lind who stepped on first to double off Yuniesky Betancourt, then fired the ball to shortstop Yunel Escobar who tagged out Alex Gordon who trailed away from second base.
Ozzie Guillen returned to the Miami Marlins dugout on April 17 after his five-game suspention that came as a result of public backlash due to his comments praising Fidel Castro. While the Marlins were trying to go with the motto of it being baseball business only, the world around them, especially in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood understandably appear ready to forgive so quickly and still called for the outspoken managers firing. “Obviously people are still a little bit upset,” Guillen told reporters.”I don’t blame them a bit, but I feel
a lot of people supporting me. No matter what I do, it’s not going to be enough-there are some people out there who are going to feel the way they’re going to feel.”