The Mark of perfection

Joseph MoroniContributor IJuly 24, 2009

ssing history. Which is exactly what happened yesterday at US cellular Field. White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle pitched the second perfect game in White Sox history as well as the 18th no-hitter in the entire 100 plus years of major league baseball in America. Maybe sports history is not on the same level as national history most of the time, but Baseball comes as close As any sport. Baseball has been around through almost everything this country has been through. World War I, World War II, Vietnam war, September 11, 2001. Baseball has survived all of this and so has this great country. A perfect game is an example of something so rare, that it can only happen to the people that deserve it. Think about that for a second, how many people do you know that have things that they do not deserve to have and they don’t work hard for. In baseball you can’t get to where you want to be if you’re not the hardest working person out there. Mark Buehrle is one of those hard workers, not to mention one of the nicest guys in baseball. Yesterday’s game started out as innocent as any other, but by the end of the third inning there was an unmistakable buzz in the stadium as people began to realize what exactly was going on. With each batter, the crowd got louder and people around the country began to gather around television sets to witness history. Baseball is probably the only sport that can bring this much attention on any given day. Even other teams were celebrating the perfection of the afternoon. There is a video of the Philadelphia Phillies reacting to the final two outs of the game. You can see that the players on the Phillies not only enjoyed watching it, but knew the importance of the accomplishment. Just try to name one other sport where things like this bring out the best in teams that aren’t even involved in the moment. As the game climbed into the eighth and ninth innings there was a special feeling in the air that hasn’t been felt on the south side since the team won the World Series in 2005. If there was any moment when history was in doubt, it came in the ninth inning. Gabe Kapler caught up to a Mark Buehrle fastball and crushed it to left-center field, Dewayne Wise got a great jump on the ball and took off to the wall. As the ball left the bat, the stadium felt completely silent. Wise got to  the wall and went as high as he could in the air, the ball snowconed in the top of  his glove for half a second before bouncing into the air and into wises bare hands. The silenced crowd erupted into thunderous applause as Wise tumbled to the ground and held the ball up for the umpire to see. Buehrle then went on to strike out the next batter, before inducing a ground ball to shortstop Alexy Ramirez for the final out before putting his glove over his head in complete shock as his teammates mobbed him on the field. This was burly second no-hitter in his career, and the similarities between the perfect game and the no-hitter are startling. In both games, the White Sox hit a grand slam( Jermaine dye 2007, Josh Fields yesterday) umpire number 56, Eric Cooper was behind the plate for both games. Mark Buehrle’s number is 56 and the White Sox have the same number of runs on the same amount hits(5 runs on 6 hits) which is you put the numbers together is 56. Baseball is the epitome of a numbers were, the sheer amount of numbers associated with the game of baseball makes it probably the only sport where facts and figures can add up to the coincidences seen in yesterday’s game and the first no-hitter. That is one of the things that is so beautiful about baseball, aside from the fact that it is one of the hardest things to do in the game to pitch a perfect game. History was not only made on Thursday afternoon, but the White Sox moved into first place for the first time all season as they head into the biggest series of the year so far against the first-place Tigers. Hopefully the momentum gained from Buehrle’s perfect game will carry over into the doubleheader on Friday afternoon.