So, what could be better than pitching the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history? Well, for Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber, that answer could be finally getting a tweet from New York Jets QB Tim Tebow.
In case you are not a fan of MLB, Humber accomplished something that many pitchers can only hope to have happen in their career. On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Humber pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners.
While Humber's Twitter page was full of congratulating tweets, one tweet was something he had been waiting for. He finally received a personal tweet from Tim Tebow. Tebow congratulated Humber by tweeting, "Congrats @Philip_Humber on accomplishing one of the greatest feats in all of sports! #PerfectGame."
Now, you would think that as a star athlete, receiving a tweet from another athlete would not be a big deal. However, according to an interview on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000, Humber, like many other Tebow fans, had been trying to get a personal tweet from the famous QB for months.
Humber has regularly tweeted to Tebow as well as retweeting some of Tebow's tweets in the hopes of receiving a personal mention. Little did he know all he had to do was pitch a perfect game. Why didn't he think of that sooner?
I must say, as a fan of Tebow, I can completely understand what Humber was feeling. I too have done my best to get a retweet from Tebow but have had no such luck. And one look at Tebow's Twitter page and you can see that there are many others out there hoping to receive a comment from Tebow or at least be retweeted. But in all honesty, with (at the time of this writing) 1,560,446 followers, it is not surprising that Tebow does not have enough time to personally tweet out messages to all of his fans.
I must say though, that given the amount of followers Tebow has, he does do an amazing job of keeping connected to his fans. I follow a lot of athletes and he is one that really makes the effort to respond and retweet. This is just another way that Tebow shows his fans that they are important to him.
I think it is great that Humber finally received his personal tweet from Tebow. However, I still think the perfect game is a much bigger deal. Of course, I can say that because I have yet to get a personal tweet from Tebow. Maybe if I got one, I would change my mind. What about you Tebow fans out there? Have you received a tweet from your star QB? How would you feel if you got a direct tweet?
Deborah Braconnier is a former athlete and avid football fan. She is a freelance writer and Featured Contributor for the NFL and Olympics. She has followed the Denver Broncos since she was a child and became a fan of Tim Tebow during his run as a QB for the Broncos. She looks forward to following his career with the New York Jets this season. Follow her on Twitter at @fwcdeborah.