It’s been a terrific month for White Sox Nation. Just a couple of weeks after President Obama showed his Sox Pride by wearing his favorite team’s jacket in full view of the world at the All-Star Game in St. Louis, Mark Buehrle forced the national sports media to recognize the Pale Hose once again with his perfect game this afternoon.
What makes today so special, aside from the rare perfecto, is that it was Buehrle. He’s a true White Sox hero who is destined to have his No. 56 retired and perhaps a statue built in his honor on the outfield concourse. He’s been all we could have asked for–a terrific guy, a great teammate, and an intense competitor. He’s this generation’s Billy Pierce and more.
The gem capped off a great week of baseball on the South Side with the Sox taking 3-out-4 in an exciting four-game series. I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m a believer in this team. As usual, we’ve been overlooked, but there just may be some magic in the air as my friend Kevin Sullivan so enthusiastically pointed out to our Sox posse after Buehrle’s masterpiece. Speaking of magic, words aren’t enough to describe DeWayne Wise’s miraculous catch.
Chew on this: Ironically, during Buehrle’s first no-hitter, the same umpire–Eric Cooper–was behind the plate. And what’s his ump number? 56. Also, both of the Buehrle no-no’s were pitched in exactly 2 hours and three minutes. Hard to believe.
Note of the day: As a New Yorker spending the week in Chicago, I had planned on attending today’s game. But reality got in the way and I attended the funeral of an uncle instead. I’ve never seen a no-hitter, not to mention a perfect game, in person. This could have been the day, but I guess it wasn’t in the cards. The important thing is that Buehrle accomplished the feat–and the Sox won. On to Detroit!