I go to camp for a week…
I barely get any sleep…
I come back Friday after a whole day of driving in traffic…
I realize the Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox has been diminished to a half game…
I see the Yankees are having trouble with the White Sox…
The trade deadline produced many bigtime player trades…
Roy Halladay is still in Toronto…
And I am back blogging on MLBlogs.
Now, while I was at camp all week, I was bummed that I was unable to keep up with all the things happening around the MLB, especially since the trade deadline was Friday. I still had a great time, but the feeling of not knowing what was going on was killing me. Now, I survived, as I always do, but it was still hard not having that part of my life around.
I got back and immediatly checked MLB.com to see all the trades that had happened. Here’s what I figured out:
The BoSox pulled off a deal for Victor Martinez
Cliff Lee is in Philly (where I happened to be for camp this past week)
Jake Peavy is with the in the South Side of Chicago
Adam LaRoche has been with three teams in about a week and a half
Orlando Cabrera finds a home in Minnesota
Well, it’s all very exciting and all and I’m glad to be back. Now, I was unable to post something until today because I have been so busy since I got back. But yesterday, something great happened in Chicago. That’s right, it’s got to do with the Yankees. Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox and the most recent man to enter himself into the history books, Mark Beuhrle. In fact, Beuhrle looked nothing like he has all season. Especially after throwing the perfect game. He went 4.1 innings, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits and a walk. He gave up the one homer to Cabrera and that was it for the long ball. For Melky Cabrera, this achievment puts him in with the likes of many famous Yankees from teams past. The 15th cycle in team history was a great show to see. Now, even though this happened, I would still go with Brett Gardner in center field. No offense to Melky for this great performance but Gardner is still my pick. It was still a great show though.
Melky’s cycle is the second to happen this year. As many remember, the year was basically kicked off with a performance of a lifetime from the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson of the LA Dodgers. Hudson took only six innings to get the four hits required for the achievement. But he did it. One of the greatest offensive performances this year kicked things off in April. Melky’s performance was great and it will go down in the books as many others have for accomplishing this feat.
First there was Jonathon Sanchez’s no hitter, the first of the year. The game was full of excitement and close plays. The game saving rob from Aaron Rowand in the ninth. Only the error by Uribe seperating him from a perfect game. And the mere perfection from Sanchez that put him into the history books with the greats. Well, Mark Beuhrle is already there. Having thrown a no hitter in 2007, Beuhrle added onto his career of STELLARNESS by throwing a perfect game against the defending champion Rays. That’s right, Mark Beuhrle has thrown a perfect game on July 23, 2009. This picture, duplicated just an hours ago.
The game kept fans on there feet. It must have been such a great moment there. To have a ticket to that game must have been amazing (not knowing what would happen of course, but now that it has… wow). Beuhrle and the White Sox were… well let me say it… RE-MARK-ABLE!
Like Sanchez’s no hitter, a late game rob saved their moment in history. Aaron Rowand robbed what might have been a home run in the ninth inning of Sanchez’s no hitter. In today’s game against the Rays, a defensive replacement in center, Dewayne Wise, robbed a sure home run from Gabe Kapler and preserved the perfect game for Beuhrle. This was the single most important moment in the game, as was Rowand’s catch. Another great play was Gordon Beckam’s line drive catch at third after a long at bat from Pat Burrell. Honestly, it wasn’t all that well hit, but still, if he wasn’t there… there goes the perfection. On offense, Beuhrle wouldn’t have needed much but he got it anyway. Josh Fields hit a grand slam to start things off. Then, Alexei Ramirez and Scott Podsednik hit back to back doubles to get the score to 5-0. That would be four more runs than Beuhrle would need.
Beuhrle, already among some of the greatest names in history, adds to his already STELLAR career with this perfect game. In his outing, he went the full nine innings, had six K’s and gave up nothing to the Rays offense. That’s right. Carlos Pena, BJ Upton, Evan Longoria… they were all held silent by Beuhrle. Perfection. Such a great sight to see.
Beuhrle joins a great group of names of those who have thrown a no hitter and a perfect game on different occasions. The list includes the likes of Randy Johnson and… well, I forget who else but it is definitely a list to cherish being a part of. Beuhrle was absolutely STELLAR in what was clearly the most exciting part of this season. First there was Sanchez’s no hitter. Then just last night, Manny Ramirez’s pinch hit grand slam. Another great moment. And now a perfect game from Beuhrle. And just think about this… we’ve only just begun the second half of the season. We still have the rest of the second half to go. There’s still the playoff race to sit back and enjoy. Then the playoffs themselves. It’s going to be great and this season is going to be even greater. Just wait.
Absolutely RE-MARK-ABLE. Congrats to Mark Beuhrle on yet another phenominal accomplishment.