Bode Dockal’s First Two Baseball Games Are Perfect

Figuring there have only been 23 perfect games in the history of Major League Baseball (dating back more than 120 years), seeing one of those in person is a feat in itself. To see two perfect games in one season is a completely different achievement. And then, to see two perfect games in the first two big league games of your life — that’s just incredible.

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Bode and Paul Dockal at Phil Humber’s perfect game on April 21, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Bode Dockal. He’s just a year old and he’s already seen two perfect games — in the only two Major League Baseball games he’s ever been to. Bode is too young to understand what he’s seen, and there’s no way he’ll ever remember perfection, but his father Paul Dockal is keeping it all documented for him.

“This past weekend I took my son to his first major league baseball game,” Paul wrote on his ‘Blog for Dads‘ back in April. “What an amazing day.”

Well, that’s because Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber tossed a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. 27 batters up; 27 batters down. And Bode Dockal, at just nine months old, was there to see them all.

“The first thing I said to my wife was, ‘This is the best day I’ve ever had with my son.’” Paul told MLB.com.

Little did Paul know he would witness history with his little boy again — the very next time they went to a game together.

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Bode and Paul Dockal at Felix Hernandez’s perfect game on August 15, 2012

According to an article on MLB.com, Paul took Bode back to Safeco Field on August 15th. The Dockal’s had family in town and the visitors wanted to watch some baseball. And watch baseball they did — perfect baseball. As fate would have it, Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tossed a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s the first time in Major League Baseball history two perfect games have been thrown in the same stadium in one season.

I would have died to see just one of those perfect games in person. I was in Europe when Humber threw the first perfecto, and I was in my car driving to work when Hernandez finished off his masterpiece. Luckily, being a local sports guy in Seattle, I was still able to capture the excitement of Hernandez’s gem in our newscasts that night. It almost felt like I was actually there, but that’s not nearly enough for me. I’ll keep buying tickets until I win the baseball lottery. Something Bode Dockal’s done twice — and he’s just a toddler.

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  1. ceasestema says:

    dude, this sharing bar on the side makes it hard to read the article. Still, awesome article. I’d give a whole lot to see a perfect game just once let alone twice.

    • Tim Lewis says:

      Thanks for the comment! The sharing bar looks normal on my computer, so I’m not sure what the issue is. I’m sorry to hear it caused a problem for you. What was it doing exactly? I’d like to get to the bottom of the problem. Thanks again!

      • the sharing bar is basically so close to the words, it’s distracting, almost to the point it feels like your missing some words, if that makes sense.
        Other than that, loved the article.

        • Tim Lewis says:

          Thanks for the heads up, Sharon. I’ll take a look at the configurations or just change my sharing bar altogether. I really appreciate the feedback. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the article!

          • Anonymous says:

            I don’t usually post comments but I just wanted to make sure you know this guy isn’t being nit-picky. I almost quit reading the article because that sharing bar is extremely annoying and gets in the way of the words. You should move it to the far left or far right if you’re going to have it at all.

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