OAKLAND -- Josh Tomlin stood in a hallway within the visitors' clubhouse at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, positioning himself a safe distance away from the crowd of teammates gathered around one of the televisions in the room.
Tomlin watched from a distance as his friend, White Sox right-hander Phil Humber, flirted with a perfect game against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
"If he gets this guy," Tomlin said, "he's going to do it."
The guy in question was Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders, who struck out on a 3-2 cutter for the first out of the ninth inning in Seattle. Then, true to Tomlin's prediction, Humber completed the 21st perfect game in baseball history.
Humber pitches for one of Cleveland's division rivals, but Tomlin could not have been happier to have witnessed history. The pair of Texas natives pitched against one another in high school, and have spent the past several offseasons partnering for winter workouts.
"We're good friends," Tomlin said. "I wasn't nervous watching. I'm happy for him -- don't get me wrong. I'm excited for him. He deserves it. He works hard."