It was hard not to get caught up in Mark Buehrle‘s perfect game.
The Chicago White Sox pitcher did not allow a Tampa Bay Rays hitter to reach base, becoming just the 18th pitcher in big league history to throw a perfect game.
We got teased earlier this year when Jonathan Sanchez threw a near-perfect game, tossing nine no-hit innings. But an error ruined that perfect-o.
This time around, a great defensive play kept it alive.
I’m not embarrassed to say that I yelled, "Oh my God!" when DeWayne Wise made that highlight reel catch to rob a homer for the first out of the ninth inning. Wise leaped and reached his arm above the wall to glove a fly ball off the bat of Gabe Kapler, but after colliding with the wall, the ball started to slip out of Wise’s glove. On his way down, he caught the ball with his bare hand to preserve the perfect game.
It was an incredible play and an incredible game.
I know as a Minnesotan, it’s not right to cheer for the White Sox. The AL Central race is tight, and even though the Twins aren’t making things easy on themselves, I shouldn’t get behind a Sox player.
But let’s face it. I’m a sucker for baseball history. I appreciate the unlikelihood of a perfect game and the number of things that have to go right for that to happen. Major League Baseball has been around – in some capacity – for 140 years, and there’s been only 18 perfect games now. That’s really something.
So, for one day, I put the AL Central race aside and enjoyed another chapter in baseball history.