Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Saluting Mark Buerhle

The man certainly deserves a third post in less than a week. After throwing a perfect game in his last start against the Rays, Mark Buerhle was perfect through five innings Tuesday night against the Twins.

Then of course, Twitter blew up with Mark Buerhle becoming a trending topic. He recorded the first two outs in the sixth, but then let one get away and walked the 18th batter he faced (Alexi Casilla). There went perfection, and his shot at an unprecedented back-to-back perfect games.

The next batter stepped to the plate and Denard Span singled, and just like that, there went Buerhle's shot at back-to-back no-hitters. After that, of course, Joe Mauer went to bat and drove in a run with a double.

Buerhle's White Sox eventually lost the game 5-3, and Buerhle notched the loss.

In his attempt at back-to-back perfect games, Buerhle set a new major league record by retiring 45 consecutive batters. Buerhle should be honored, and proud of himself for such a feat, but it's undoubtedly difficult to celebrate in defeat.

After the game he was rightfully frustrated at losing, but still recognized what he accomplished. If Buerhle finds it hard to smile to himself and just take in the magnitude of the feat he just pulled off, the least we could do as fans, is celebrate for him, or at least celebrate him. So a giant tip of the cap, and a standing ovation even greater than the one he received in Minnesota Tuesday night, goes to Buerhle, for a magical weak on the pitching mound, and something that us baseball fans may not see again for a long time.

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