It happened last week while I was in New Hampshire. White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle took the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays for a total of 32 minutes and pitched a perfect game. It was the first perfect game since Randy Johnson pitched one for the Diamondbacks in 2004.
A perfect game is both a no hitter and a shut out. In a perfect game, a pitcher faces 27 hitters and retires them all in order.* In a perfect game, no one from the opposing team reaches the bases on hits, on walks, on errors, as the result of catcher’s interference, or after being hit by a pitch.
A perfect game doesn’t happen often. In fact, there have been only 18 perfect games in the history of baseball. Eighteen. In a sport where 30 different teams each play 162 games during the regular season every year, that makes a perfect game something worth noticing.
Today Mark Buehrle will take the mound again for the White Sox. The chances of his pitching another perfect game are pretty slim. I don’t think that matters. For me, nearly every baseball game is perfect.