Friday, July 24, 2009

A Little Break

While, it seems, that we have dodged a bomb, at least temporarily, in the health care reform bills that are being debated in both the House and the Senate, I feel compelled to take a break from politics for just one brief moment. I will resume regular posts again after this.

Every once in a while, someone does something that is truly incredible. In this case, it is something that has only happened 18 times before. Along with politics, which is really something that I have (admittedly) just recently truly followed with a passion, I do follow sports. Last night, the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0. Now, this in and of itself isn't that remarkable. What is remarkable is the fact that the Rays only had 27 at bats during the game. That's right, Mark Buehrle pitched a PERFECT GAME.

If you have seen the movie For Love of the Game, with Kevin Costner, you get a glimpse of how remarkable this is. And, how, when something like this is in the works, the other players around him truly step up their game to make it happen. It happened in real life in the ninth inning. Kaplar, of the Rays, hit a ball that should have been a home run and would have spoiled the whole thing, HOWEVER, Dwayne Wise, who had been put into center field because of his defensive skills made a truly outstanding catch (you can watch the clip here). Buehrle went on to strike out the next player and get the last one to ground out.

To give you an idea of how monumental this is, Nolan Ryan, who holds the records for the most strikeouts and no hitters, NEVER pitched a perfect game. It has only been done 18 times in Major League Baseball. Only 16 times since 1900. And, only ONE time in the World Series. The last person to pitch a perfect game was Randy Johnson, with the Arizona Diamondbacks, on May 18, 2004.

So, I take this break from politics to tip my hat and congratulate Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox, and the entire White Sox team, on this truly monumental achievement.


Busy Texas Dee said...

It figures if you take a break from politics then you'll talk about sports. And yes I agree with you that a PERFECT game is a outstanding accompilshment. It's rare that you see it. And yes my hats off to the White Sox.