This 1-year-old has seen more perfect games than you
Even though only 23 pitchers have thrown perfect games in MLB history, Bode Dockal has been in attendance for two of them -- and he's only a year old.
Bode's first ever baseball game was on April 21, 2012, when he saw Phillp Humber throw a perfect game as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 2-0. His second game ever? A Felix Hernandez perfecto against the Rays on August 15, 2012.
Bode was invited by the Mariners to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Saturday's game; due to the fact that he's just over a year old, his father Paul threw for him.
"Last year the Mariners invited us during Fan Appreciation Weekend." Dockal's father said. "He was made the 'Perfect Fan' last year, so we got to come down, go out to the field and his story was told in front of the crowd. It wasn't a perfect game, but it was really a special and fun night."
Paul and his wife are both originally from Chicago, so they are White Sox fans who also support the Mariners, but they want Bode to decide what team to root for on his own.
"Well, it's going to be his choice really," Dockal said. "He'll always root for the White Sox when they're in town, hopefully. Hopefully we won't have our own rivalry, but it will be his choice. Growing up here, you can't help but be a fan and as long as we're able to come out to games together and enjoy baseball, that will be what it's all about."
Dockal didn't seem to think his son would witness yet another perfect game, but he was hopeful.
"He always brings the karma," Dockal said. "I think we'll at least get a win tonight -- maybe a no-hitter. Hopefully, we'll see one. After a few innings in we can start to glance up at the scoreboard and start to wonder if it's going to happen again or not. Hopefully."
Unfortunately for young Bode, a Lance Berkman single in the top of the first inning ended Felix Hernandez's shot at a second perfect game. On the bright side, he's been to two perfect games. Seriously.
-- Connor Hutyler / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent