big shocker there!
It’s simple, really. Throw the 16th perfect game in modern Major League history, and you have a pretty good shot at being named Player of the Week. Such was the case for White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle, who was flawless against the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday and was named American League Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America, on Monday.
isn’t that 18th?
When Mark Buehrle arrived at work Thursday morning, making a little baseball history with Ramon Castro and Dewayne Wise and then having a chat about it with the president of the United States probably wasn’t on the agenda. On what turned out to be a legendary day not only in the life of the White Sox left-hander but for baseball as a whole, Buehrle took everyone along for the ride of his life at U.S Cellular Field. He did it with Castro catching him for the first time. He did it by watching Wise enter the game in the ninth and save the day with a circus play of which sandlot dreams are made. And he finished it all off by fielding a call from a certain White Sox fan who lives in the White House, President Barack Obama. So it’s safe to say that, while this might have been the 18th perfect game in Major League history, there hasn’t been a perfect day quite like the one Buehrle shared with baseball Thursday. For Buehrle, basking in the glow of going 27 up, 27 down was hard enough to comprehend, though he’d done it once before. Getting a grip on the perfection and understanding the enormity of the accomplishment, he admitted, might take awhile. …
What a catch by Wise. He made me look stupid!