You just got the feeling that tonight would be a night where some type of history was made somewhere in this great league. Mark Buehrle hurled the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history, coming within just one Sammy Sosa walk in the fifth inning of a perfect game, during a 6-0 victory over Texas Wednesday in front of a crowd of 25,390 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle struck out eight in becoming the first White Sox pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Wilson Alvarez did so against the Orioles on Aug. 11, 1991.
Although I thought the no-hitter was going to occur in Florida, with the Mets John Mayne taking his own into the 7th inning against the Florida Marlins. Irony would have it’s way and as I was running on the treadmill I saw Buehrle would take the mound for the 9th inning with his own chance at history. I just knew then he’d have it. Within minutes it was anounced that Mark Buehrle had achieved history, forever etched in the game’s immortalities of perfect outings.
Someday, somewhere in this country, I just hope I’m lucky enough to see someone throw a no-hitter. It’s something you never forget. I remember where I was when the no-hitters were thrown by other pitchers: Scott Erickson, Chris Bosio, Tom Browning, Randy Johnson, Hideo Nomo, Dwight Gooden, David Wells, A.J. Burnett, Jose Jimenez, Bud Smith, David Cone, and Anibal Sanchez. It’s just something special you never forget. Buehrle is young enough, he could certainly get another.