Mark Buehrle is a die hard St. Louis Cardinal fan. These fans respect the game and respect the tradition. He went to Jefferson Junior College, made 3rd team in NJCAA. He was drafted in the 38th round. He was cut from his H.S. baseball team as a sophomore. But no one that was drafted pitched a no hitter in the Major League. No one on his sophomore High School team and no one on the 1st or 2nd team all NJCAA. Yet not only did he pitch a no hitter in 2007, he has also pitched a Perfect Game. Something only 17 other pitchers have done in the Major League. We saw Jonathan Sanchez lose a Perfect Game in the 8th inning when his third baseman committed an error. Buehrle missed a perfect game in 2007 with a walk to Sammy Sosa. Does this need an asterisk??? Would Buehrle have painted the strike zone if Sosa didn't do steroids and had become a feared hitter?? Two pitches after the walk to Sosa Buehrle picked him off at first. He pitched a no hitter and faced the minimum number of hitters
As we watched the highlights and hear all the stats, history and comparison this is truly history. Since 1880 there have only been 18 Perfect Games. One of the most rare events in sports.
Don't worry Rays fans....out of the 18 perfect games 16 have been held during the playoff era. Out of the 16 teams 2 teams on the bad end of the perfect game made the playoffs. 2004 Atlanta Braves vs. Randy Johnson. And the 1988 LA Dodgers vs. Tom Browning.....the Dodgers moved on to beat the Oakland A's in the World Series.