First off I would like to congratulate Mark Buehrle on his no hit perfect game!
Next I would like to thank President Obama for using O'hare airport on the North side of town, verses Midway on the South Side of town. Even before Air force one touched down on the Northside, major roads were blocked off during rush hour for the Presidential motorcade. The traffic reports were reporting no less than a traffic nightmare for Northsiders. Again Thank you President Obama for choosing O'Hare.
Mark Buehrle's first 26 outs seemed to fly by -- though out No.25 seemed to stop every one's heart for an instant.
After recording his 27th consecutive out Thursday, Mark Buehrle begins the celebration. Buehrle delivered a curveball that started high in the zone. Tampa Bay Rays No. 9 hitter Jason Bartlett chopped at it and hit a high-bouncing ball to shortstop. Alexei Ramirez glided over a few steps, scooped up the ball and delivered a looping throw to first base.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle is embraced by teammates, including catcher Ramon Castro, after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday in Chicago. The Sox won 5-0.
Mark Buehrle's perfect game
David Cone 07-18-1999 New York 6, Montreal 0
David Wells 05-17-1998 New York 4, Minnesota 0
Mike Witt 09-30-1984 California 1, Texas 0
Kenny Rogers 07-28-1994 Texas 4, California 0
Len Barker 05-15-1981 Cleveland 3, Toronto 0
Catfish Hunter 05-08-1968 Oakland 4, Minnesota 0
Don Larsen 10-08-1956 New York 2, Brooklyn 0*
Charlie Robertson 04-30-1922 Chicago 2, Detroit 0
Addie Joss 10-02-1908 Cleveland 1, Chicago 0
Cy Young 05-05-1904 Boston 3, Philadelphia 0
* Game 5, 1956 World Series
Randy Johnson 05-18-2004 Arizona 2, Atlanta 0
Dennis Martinez 07-28-1991 Montreal 2, Los Angeles 0
Tom Browning 09-16-1988 Cincinnati 1, Los Angeles 0
Sandy Koufax 09-09-1965 Los Angeles 1, Chicago 0
Jim Bunning 06-21-1964 Philadelphia 6, New York 0
Monte Ward 06-17-1880 Providence 5, Buffalo 0
Lee Richmond 06-12-1880 Worcester 1, Cleveland 0
But the last out to secure his second career no-hitter? That seemed to unwind in slow motion.
Buehrle delivered a curveball that started high in the zone. Tampa Bay Rays No. 9 hitter Jason Bartlett chopped at it and hit a high-bouncing ball to shortstop. Alexei Ramirez glided over a few steps, scooped up the ball and delivered a looping throw to first base.
Josh Fields steadied his hands and gathered in the routine throw. Twenty-seven batters, 27 outs.
Buehrle had thrown the majors' first perfect game in five years -- and just the 18th in major-league history -- and he couldn't believe it, covering his head with his mitt as his teammates mobbed the left-hander on the mound after a 5-0 victory Thursday in front of 28,036 thrilled fans at U.S. Cellular Field.
''I don't know how to explain it,'' Buehrle said minutes after delivering just the second perfect game in White Sox history.
''I never thought I'd throw a no-hitter, never thought I'd throw a perfect game, I never thought I'd hit a home run. Never say never in this game because crazy stuff can happen.''
Buehrle has won a World Series ring -- working as a starter and closer in the Sox' 2005 sweep of the Houston Astros -- started and won an All-Star Game and now has two no-hitters, the first coming on April 18, 2007, at U.S. Cellular Field against the Texas Rangers.
Not bad for a 38th-round pick.