Seattle's Safeco Field has seen two perfect games this year - a fairly remarkable stat, considering there have only been 23 perfect games in the lengthy history of professional baseball. But even more remarkable, a 9-month-old boy, Bode Dockal, has witnessed them both.
As Bode's father, Paul Dockal, explains to MLB.com (later borrowed by USA Today), the boy witnessed his first professional ballgame April 21 - the day Phil Humber tossed a perfect game at Safeco against the M's for the Chicago White Sox. Dockal is a White Sox fan, and took his son and his wife to the game; witnessing Humber's perfection was just the icing on the cake.
But it didn't stop there. Nearly four months later, on Aug. 15, Dockal took his Brother and Bode to another game at Safeco - this one pitting the M's, and pitcher Felix Hernandez, against the Tampa Bay Rays.
You know what happened next.
Dockal described the scene and the feeling to MLB.com:
Dockal said he pulls for his hometown Mariners, just without the same emotional conviction he has for the White Sox. So he was wearing neutral colors - a Sonics shirt, actually -- in the 10th row behind first base as the M's took the field against the Rays. Even in the early frames, Paul had an inkling the day might be another special one.
"This time, I talked about it the whole time," he said. "By the third inning I was like, 'Hey, he's got a no-hitter going.'"
Six innings later, the Paul and Bode Dockal had witnessed history - again. They've now seen two perfect games in one season, something most baseball fans - fans much older than Bode Dockal - can only dream of.
As USA Today noted:
There have been only 23 perfect games thrown in nearly a century and a half of pro baseball history, and Bode has seen two already. Too bad he won't remember either game.