Sox remember Buehrle's perfecto on anniversary

Sox remember Buehrle's perfecto on anniversary

CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle's perfect game at U.S. Cellular Field against the Rays on July 23, 2009, is termed by White Sox play-by-play television announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson as his all-time favorite game. Harrelson contributed the famous "Alexei … Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! History!" call on Jason Bartlett's grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez for out No. 27.

Ramirez shared on Wednesday, through interpreter and director of public relations Lou Hernandez, that he didn't really want that last ball hit at him.

"If anything, I was hoping it was a fly ball. Just not a grounder," said Ramirez with a laugh. "I hadn't been feeling well. I had gotten a little injured before that. I was hoping it wasn't a grounder.

"I just tried to play my game and tried not to make a bad play or think about it that much. When you get to the ninth inning, that's when you feel the pressure, when you feel like this is happening and trying to do everything you can to make sure Mark gets this."

Dewayne Wise, a defensive replacement inserted by then-manager Ozzie Guillen in the ninth, made one of the greatest plays in franchise history by robbing Gabe Kapler of what looked like a sure home run to open the final inning. Ramirez didn't believe Wise had a chance at that hard-hit ball when it left the bat.

John Danks, a close friend of Buehrle's, was at Rush University Medical Center for the game, getting a persistent circulation problem in his left hand checked. Danks said he began acting like the manager from the movie "Major League" as Buehrle got closer to history.

"I'm all hooked up to the heart stuff and they've got all my numbers," Danks said. "When D-Wise made that catch, my heart rate doubled. I was all fired up. Wouldn't let any of the nurses leave the room until the ninth inning was over.

"Watched every pitch. Mark and Clayton Richard called before the game and were checking in on me and the sucker went and did that."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.