Thursday, July 23, 2009
Perfection. A flawless game was pitched today by White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle! It was only the 18th perfect game ever thrown in major league baseball history. That's how difficult it is to achieve. Imagine in nine innings, not one single solitary batter reached base. Not even a walk. That's one for the record books and history.We haven't seen that since 1922.
Moni and I always refer to anything we haven't seen or done in a long while as 1922. "We haven't been to an amusement park since 1922." Well the last time the Chicago White Sox had a no hitter was actually 1922. How 'bout that.
Of course Buehrle had the help of outstanding defense work by his teammates. Tampa Bay hitter Gabe Kapler hit what looked like a sure homer but Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise made a tremendous but scary catch to send Kapler back to the darn dugout and keep the perfection going.
Wise leaped over the fence to make the catch as he hit the wall. Then the ball came out of his glove for a moment as he started falling, but he grabbed it quickly with his bare hand before hitting the warning track, juggling the ball but holding it up to show he got it. Whew! Talk about drama!
The last out was a grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Josh Fields, who also hit a grand slam homer in the historic game. Both Ramirez and Fields admit to being very nervous with the pressure of the last out approaching. As soon as Fields touched first base for that last out, Buehrle was swamped by his teammates.
Buehrle received a congrats call from big Sox fan President Obama who happened to be home in Chicago for the day.
Sox won 5-0. Talk about a good day at the ballpark. Wow!