Congratulations to Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox for his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at home while his family watched. In Chicago's 5-0 win, perhaps the most dominant AL left hander earned his second career no hitter as well as a brief call from President Barack Obama, a noted White Sox fan.
It almost wasn't to be. In one of the few real scares of the day, former Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler hit a bomb to left center field in the ninth inning. Last minute defensive replacement Dewayne Wise then made the circus catch of the season, perhaps even the decade, robbing Kapler of a home run and keeping his pitcher's shutout, no hitter and perfect game intact.
Such plays bring home a little made point: That perfect games aren't pitched by individuals. Perfect games are played by nine men. When Buehrle threw his first no hitter, he bought all his starters watches. Lord knows how much it'll cost him to reward his teammates for today's flawless effort but one suspects he won't care about the expense.