A witness to baseball history




SEATTLE — After the fourth inning of the Mariners/White Sox game Saturday, Columbian Editor Lou Brancaccio — life long White Sox fan — posted this on his Facebook page with a photo of the Safeco Field scoreboard: “Is something special brewing here?”

His intuition proved correct as the White Sox completed a rare perfect game.

“It’s really surreal to actually witness something like this. And, frankly, a little strange to see it when you’re not rooting for the home team.”

Brancaccio said most of the Seattle fans weren’t into it all until the eighth inning.

“Then you began to sense a little anticipation that even though their team was getting a major league beat-down, they might be witnessing history.”

When the ninth inning came along, everyone was on their feet.

“At that point I think they got it. Mariners fans switched from hoping for a hit to hoping for some history. They got history.”

Brancaccio said he will write about his experience in more detail in his Saturday Press Talk column.