Friday, July 24, 2009

Go Sox

A perfect game as defined by Major League Baseball is one that the finds the pitcher completing a minimum of nine innings in which no opposing player reaches base. That means that there are no hits, walks, hit batsmen or any opposing player to safely reach base. In other words, 27 up, 27 down. The feat has been achieved only 18 times in the history of major league baseball and only 16 times since the modern era began in 1900.

Mark Buehrle , our own White Sox pitcher, threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays here in Chicago yesterday.

He needed one astounding catch, one truly memorable play to preserve the perfect game. That came against the first hitter of the ninth inning. The game was in hand, the White Sox holding a 5-0 lead, so the drama of the perfect game had center stage all to itself. Gabe Kapler hit a drive to deep center that appeared to be on the way to ending not only the perfect game, but also the no-hitter and the shutout.

But Dewayne Wise sprinted back to the wall, made a perfectly timed leap, took the home run away from Kapler and kept the perfect game intact for Buehrle. Under any circumstances, this would have been a terrific catch, but under these circumstances, it was a play for the ages.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, had inserted Wise in the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement. Initially, that was a sound managerial move, but in this case, it ended up looking like a work of genius.

And to make it even more memorable, my son Peter was there. I know, get a job.


Anonymous said...

Hi Tommy
I enjoy your blog everyday whether it is food or fabric! I love the Tunes series. Isn't baseball a beautiful thing? A perfect game is very surreal. My 18 year old son has been playing baseball since he was 5 years old-summer ball and school ball. Tomorrow he is playing his last game because he has "aged out"! On to softball....

Anonymous said...

A totally awesome game! And Buehrle is such a nice guy! Our Dan was at the game, too. Makes for a very memorable season - no matter what else happens!