Thursday, April 19, 2007
All the noise in the ballpark stopped for a second last night as Mark Buehrle celebrated his no-hitter by hugging and kissing his expentant wife. The left-hander then bent over and kissed his wife’s pregnant stomach in a moment that was captured by a Tribune photographer in today’s print edition.
During the postseason of 2005, a daily ritual was for me, Jerry Reinsdorf, Phyllis Merhige and Dennis Gilbert to meet for breakfast each morning. Everytime we did, we won.
Last night, I sent Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn an email around 6 p.m. asking if they wanted to have dinner in the Scout’s Lounge. Last year, we ate quite a few times and up til last night, we hadn’t gotten together in 2007 (too many day games).
We met, had dinner, and then we won with a flair. So early this morning, I sent KW and Rick and email asking if they were free for dinner tonight. We have a streak going (not that we actually influence anything that happens on the field).
In addition to his up-against-the-wall catch last night, how amazing was JD’s at-bat that resulted in his grand slam? He fouled off tough pitch after tough pitch and then hit a laser just over the left-field fence. You could hear the ballpark exhale in unison.
Funny Comments From Last Night
As everyone in the clubhouse celebrated postgame, Mark walked in. "Hey," Paul Konerko said, acting all excited. "You hit 90 mph on the juggs gun."
In the fifth inning, Buehrle taunted/joked with Toby Hall, saying:
"Better get the champagne ready. I have a no hitter going."
So much for superstition.
This From Our Friends At Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN:
There have been more than 180,000 games played in major league history, but Wednesday’s Rangers-White Sox game was unique. It was the first game in major league history in which one player (Mark Buehrle) threw a no-hitter, another (Jermaine Dye) hit a grand-slam home run, and a third (Jim Thome) had a multiple-homer game.
Buehrle faced the minimum 27 batters in his no-hitter against the Rangers. All that stood between him and a perfect game was a fifth-inning walk to Sammy Sosa – whom Buehrle promptly picked off.
The last two big-leaguers to throw non-perfect-game no-hitters in which they faced the minimum 27 batters were Terry Mulholland and Sandy Koufax. In 1990, Mulholland, pitching for the Phillies against the Giants, allowed only one base runner (who reached on a Charlie Hayes error; the next batter hit into a double play); back in 1964, Koufax threw a no-no against the Phillies in which he walked rookie Richie Allen, who was then caught stealing.
· Buehrle, long one of the majors’ fastest workers, completed his no-hitter in just two hours and three minutes. It was the fastest no-hitter since 1988, when Tom Browning threw a perfect game for the Reds against the Dodgers in one hour, 51 minutes.
· Buehrle’s mound opponent on Wednesday night, Kevin Millwood of the Rangers, threw a no-hitter five years ago this month. Only two other no-hitters over the past 30 years came in games in which the opposing starter had himself previously fired a no-hit game.
In 1999, Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez no-hit the Diamondbacks in a game started by Randy Johnson; and in 1980, the Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss tossed a no-hitter against the Giants, whose starting pitcher was Vida Blue.
And If You Missed It
Fans who missed the game on television, have two options to see the action:
1) They can sign up for MLB.tv and watch the game via BAM’s archive, or…
Tonight marks Ozzie’s 500th game as White Sox manager. We are digging up more info on this as I write, so I’ll post more later.
2) They can search for the game via iTunes and download it from there. Although, it’s not up now (mid morning), it should be soon.