OAKLAND, Calif. - Philip Humber's head was still spinning two days after throwing a perfect game in Seattle on Saturday. On Monday, he taped a Top Ten List segment with David Letterman and received a call from President Obama.
"It definitely is an honor to speak to him,'' Humber said of his call from the president. "He just wanted to congratulate me. He even asked about [wife] Kristan and the baby [due in two weeks] and asked how that was going. He shared some of his experience of being a new father and stuff.''
When Humber hadn't heard from Obama, a Sox fan, on Sunday, he joked that it could be because he's a registered Republican.
"He's a very nice man and he represents our country in a good way,'' Humber said. "He's a great communicator and I appreciate him talking to me.''
After going through the list with Letterman, the TV host got back to Humber on the phone. Texts and Tweets continued to stream in Monday, including one from Tim Tebow.
"I'm a fan of his,'' said Humber , who has "Colossians 3:23" inscribed on his glove (Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.) "Not just for what he has done on the field but what kind of person he is and how he carries himself. I hope I can be a little bit of that as far as being an athlete and someone who does the right thing and says the right things.''
Of the Letterman bit, Humber said, "I think it went good. I can't wait to see it and hopefully I didn't embarrass myself too bad. It sounded like I got some laughs. It seemed like he enjoyed himself so hopefully it goes over good.''
Humber doesn't watch much Letterman or Jay Leno, he said.
"But he's funny. He's been on for a long time and definitely an honor to be asked to be on that show. It's probably is something I'll never get to do again. So I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could.''
Humber said he was "tired" from getting up early to do interviews and the taping while keeping up with his work. He threw his bullpen session at the Oakland Colesium, working out of the stretch for the first time in a while.
"It's fine,'' he said. "I'm just trying to be myself and I know it's something that's like your 15 minutes of fame or whatever. I really try as much as I can to represent what I believe in and represent the White Sox well. I just want to be appreciative of it. It's throwing a perfect game, like I was telling people, it's not something you do but it's something that happens to you. Enjoy the moment and try to remember all of it but at the same time, our guys have done a good job of getting most of it out of the way.''
His next start is Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field against the Red Sox. The White Sox open a homestand that night after finishing their six-game trip through Seattle and Oakland.Tickets for Thursday's game are being specially priced as a tribute to Humber, with availability at $9 or $27 for certain seats.
"Hopefully we get some more fans coming out,'' Humber said. "We've been playing good baseball and the last homestand, I know it was cold out, but it seemed like there wasn't as many people there after the first couple of games. Hopefully we get the fans out there and get them behind us. It makes you feel good when you come home after a road trip to have your fans out there cheering for you.''