The White Sox played the Cleveland Indians at Comiskey Park II with Mark Buehrle on the mound surpassing fellow lefty Billy Pierce’s record with his 8th straight Opening Day start. Buehrle held the Indians scoreless for seven innings allowing only three hits and striking out three while spotting his fastball and throwing his straight change. But the play that marks this game and will probably be on all the highlight reels all season came in the 5th inning while pitching to Lou Marson. Marson hit a shot back up the middle which Buehrle blocked with his left leg; it ricocheted into foul territory on the first base line, he chased it down and with his glove hand, flipped it through his legs to Paul Konerko his first basemen who in turn grabbed it with his bare right hand for the second out of the inning. Truly amazing and it looked even better as the replay was shown from a couple angles. Buehrle was looked at by Herm Schneider, the trainer to make sure he was alright, got the third out and walked to the dugout to a standing ovation. He completed two more innings before being relieved in the 8th by J.J Putz and Matt Thornton closed out the 9th for the White Sox 6 – 0 win.
Might as well pencil Mark in for a Gold Glove right now. If you missed the game, check out the highlights on any of the sports channels, they’ll be showing that replay for days. YouTube has it as well.
Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee great once said about Opening Day, “It’s like a birthday party when you were a kid. You think something wonderful is about to happen.”
Monday it did. Thanks Mark.
~ Coach Mike