SEATTLE — Catcher
said he was more nervous Saturday than he was during any juncture during the
's 2005 World Series.
"There's no buildup for this," Pierzynski said after retrieving Humber's sharp slider and throwing to first base for the final out in Humber's 4-0 perfect game. "It just happens. You want it so bad for the guy on the mound and you want him to have that achievement forever and want him to be remembered."
Humber gave plenty of credit to Pierzynski for his pitch selection, but there were other key plays that made Humber's final strikeout of
and Pierzynski's subsequent throw meaningful.
With one out in the fourth,
hit a deep drive to right that forced
to sprint back and make a catch above his shoulder.
"This is the biggest rush I've had in baseball in my career," said Rios, who had no inkling that play would lead to a perfect game. "I was a little nervous at the end of the game, but it was worth it."
Rios said he and several of his teammates were extremely motivated for Humber to get his perfect game, and a defensive move by manager
before the bottom of the eighth inning paid off.
in left field to replace
, who is in his first year in left. With one out in the eighth,
hit a line drive down the left-field line, and Lillibridge, who is much quicker than Viciedo, made the catch.
"It ran through my mind that I would take a chance on any ball," Lillibridge said. "First of all, be very aggressive. You're not going to let one (fall). Try to break hard on it. I moved over with two strikes to play the fade, so I was in good position to be able to make the catch.
"When you come in there as a defensive replacement in a game like that, you're thinking 'don't be that guy.' So I was glad I wasn't that guy. It was so awesome. Phil deserves it. That's what baseball is all about right there."
Pierzynski had two things on his mind after home plate umpire Paul Runge ruled that Ryan swung and missed at Humber's 3-2 slider with two out in the ninth that skipped away from him.