Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:11 pm
Congratulations to Mark Buehrle
So my wife calls me this morning and says, "We want to come to the game tonight."
"Do you know how cold it will be," I ask.
"Yeah, we’ll come for a little while."
I sat with them in the first and sixth innings. After the sixth I said, "You know you have to stay."
History in the making for my family, Mark Buehrle, U.S. Cellular Field and all White Sox fans.
What a great night.
Watching the ninth inning from a seat right behind home plate. After the game, I headed across the field, caught my wife’s eye, and then ducked into the dugout to help with media right after the game.
The beer shower for Mark while he was being interviewed on Comcast Sports Net. I tossed him a towel so he could wipe himself off.
The genuine excitement and joy expressed by the entire team for Mark. Everyone stayed in the dugout to congratulate him. Ken Williams came down to shake his hand. It reminded me of the feel of the World Series.
Kudos to the fans who came and stayed. Can you believe three people were leaving the ballpark as we went to the top of the ninth inning? I asked them what they were thinking …
Collecting the game balls, lineup cards and various items to be authenticated from tonight.
Standing in the dugout after the game with Ozzie Guillen who said, "Look at this." He pulled a coin out of his pocket and flipped it over. It was a special dollar that showed the American flag, the Iraqi flag and a map of Iraq. "Someone sent this to me and I had it in my pocket tonight."
"Keep it there," I said, and we laughed together.
Watching all of the White Sox collected in the clubhouse and watching Buehrle on the in-house television talking about his outing. The clubhouse was dead quiet and all you could hear was Mark on all the televisions.
The terrific performance by my staff as they looked up stats and details, fielded calls from across the country, and dealt with the media right after the game. First class jobs by Bob Beghtol, Pat O’Connell, Lou Hernandez, Marty Maloney, Colter McElree and Tim Miller. Job well done.
To Mark Buehrle. It couldn’t happen to a better guy.
This was the third no-hitter of my career. First was Wilson Alvarez on 8/11/91 (also my first anniversary). Second came less than two weeks later when Bret Saberhagen no-hit us in Kansas City and the third came tonight.
This was the first no-no in U.S. Cellular Field history.
Key defensive plays in the game:
Dye’s catch at the wall
Crede’s dive and throw on Hairston
Iguchi going to his left into the outfield
Uribe going into the hole
Crede’s play on the slow roller to end the game.
On when he thought the no-hitter was possible:
"In the ninth inning with two outs. Konerko looked nervous. Some of the other guys were nervous. I joked with Thome in the 5th that I had a no-hitter going. I was trying to jinx myself."
On the no-hitter compared to postseason:
"I was more nervous after the 8th, coming out in the 9th, when the crowd was going crazy. I could feel it in my knees a little, definitely had a little extra adrenaline then. Nothing compares to winning a World Series though. Individually, this ranks high, but baseball is a team game."
On the last play:
"I know Joe Crede is a good defensive player, I started pumping my fist. I just kept saying ‘oh, my God.’ I never thought in a million years I would throw a no-hitter. It hasn’t sunk in."
"I was a little nervous because the last hitter (Laird) had some good at-bats against him. I was telling Don Cooper, ‘I don’t care if he walks him and pitches to Kenny Lofton. It’s a great feeling. I think we needed that. Buehrle needed that for himself. As a team, I think we were nervous. I heard guys saying they weren’t really nervous during the World Series, but they were nervous today. It’s a great feeling, especially for Buehrle. Everybody loves this kid. It’s something that’s really hard to do, and he did it."
"It wa pretty cool. I told Mark I’ve been nervous, but never like that, in the World Series, playoffs, or whatever. In the ninth inning with two outs, I was a lot more nervous than in the World Series. I don’t want to say there was more on the line, but for a personal accomplisment, that’s as good as it gets. For him to get it, it’s amazing. I couldn’t be more happy or more proud of anyone."
Maybe this is what we need to get going?
On J.D.’s Grand Slam … "Like giving a starving man a steak."
Jim Thome … boom-boom.
Enjoy your night.