White Sox ace Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game yesterday—only one of 18 pitchers in Major League Baseball history to record one. While no-hitters are rare and always make headlines, perfect games are the most remarkable of feats on the mound, with the pitcher retiring all 27 batters he faces in a complete game. No base runners because there are no walks or errors, in addition to no hits. Buehrle got a great assist from centerfielder Dewayne Wise, who entered the game as a defensive specialist and robbed Gabe Kaplar of a home run to start the ninth. Buehrle then completed his perfect game by retiring the next two batters.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about Prince Fielder, a vegetarian, winning the Home Run Derby. I don't know what Buehrle eats, but he and his wife Jamie are spokespersons for our Pets for Life campaign, and that requires a shout-out from me. Here's his PSA, which we hope more people will get to see now that he's found such a prominent place in the record books.
We congratulate him on his outstanding achievement last night, and thank him for his support of our work.