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Porter, Astros celebrate Humber's perfecto


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros pitcher Philip Humber isn't one to bring much attention to himself, but manager Bo Porter certainly put him -- and the perfect game he threw last year for the White Sox -- in the limelight on Thursday.

Porter arranged to have Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who caught Humber's April 21 perfect game against Seattle, to call from Arizona as the Astros' players gathered in the clubhouse to have a sparkling cider toast to celebrate Humber's accomplishment.

"It was kind of cool," Pierzynski said. "It's not every day you get to do that. It was nice of Bo to include me, especially for Phil. He's a great guy."

Porter wanted to take the opportunity to honor an event that has happened so few times and is universally celebrated throughout baseball.

"Obviously, it's quite an honor and it's special when you're able to accomplish pinnacles in this game," Porter said. "We're grateful to have Philip Humber in our organization and get him over from the White Sox, but we wanted to acknowledge him today."

The team also acknowledged bullpen coach Dennis Martinez, who threw the 13th perfect game in history in 1991 for Montreal. Humber threw the 21st perfect game in history last year, just a couple of months before Matt Cain accomplished the feat against the Astros.

"It was really cool," Humber said. "It was good to do something like that. Nothing to do with me, just to have something for the team to come together. I thought it was a good deal. I wasn't expecting it. It was fun for everybody."

When Thursday's workout concluded, Porter took the pitchers and catchers to a conference room upstairs at Osceola County Stadium to watch the final three outs of Humber's perfect game.

"We made an adjustment with the [post-workout] shaking hands, and we moved that indoors and we had a little video set aside for the guys," Porter said. "The last three outs of the video [were] Humber's last three outs of his perfect game, and then we shook hands."

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