Today is Mark Buehrle Day at Guaranteed Rate Field, where they will retire the number 56. Anyone who has seen Mark Buehrle pitch in a White Sox uniform knows for a FACT that Mark Buehrle is the G.O.A.T. and is well deserving of having his jersey number retired to become a part of Sox history.
Buehrle was drafted in the 38th round in 1998 and after making some noise in the White Sox system, had his major league debut in 2000. Buehrle pitched 16 seasons in the majors, 12 of which were for the White Sox and was a five-time All-Star. In Chicago, Buehrle had a 161-119 record with a 3.83 ERA and a whopping 27 complete games.
Some of Buehrle’s many key games and spectacular moments include:
-Throwing a complete game in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series (his second complete game of the 2005 playoffs).
-Being called to pitch in relief in the 14th inning of game 3 of the 2005 World Series to get the final out.
-Throwing a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on April 18th, 2007.
-Throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23rd, 2009.
-The famous glove flip in between the legs to Paul Konerko on April 5th, 2010.
Owner Jerry Reinsdorf, pitching coach Don Cooper, and many of Buehrle’s teammates have acclaimed him as being one of the most selfless, loyal, and hardworking players they’ve ever gotten a chance to meet. His numbers speak for themselves, and his great attitude was noticed by many of his former teammates and coaches, making him truly an all around great player.
As Sox fans, everyone should be pumped that Mark Buehrle will forever be a part of our history. Saturday will most certainly be a day of celebration in Chicago that we will remember for a long time.