This time of year is the sports doldrums, there is very little to get excited about. I mean all we have is Baseball, and Baseball isn’t exactly thrilling. Except for when it is. Ten years ago today was one of those thrilling times. It was when Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in MLB history. He retired all nine Devil Rays three times each. The Rays were no slouch either, they had the second-highest team on-base percentage in MLB at the time.
I remember watching this game in real-time, I didn’t see the start but when I heard that a perfect game was in the making I turned on the TV at around the end of the 8th inning. What made this game more special than a normal perfect game was the effort put in by the manager Ozzie Guillen and the defense especially defensive substitution Dewayne Wise.
Ozzie Guillen made the perfect move putting a better, faster player in Centerfield.
Dewayne Wise made an incredible play to save the perfect game.
It was Buehrle’s perfect game, but he needed his team. He wasn’t mowing guys down like he was Randy Johnson.
Let’s take a look back at that 9th inning.
What a fucking play. No room for error, History on the line. Hats off to Wise, you could say Ozzie Guillen made a Wise decision to put him in. (sorry for that shitty dad joke)