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g072309buehrleperfect1_cst_feed_20090723_16_01_26_9372_h=400&w=263.jpgDETROIT - One day after being perfect, he was back to simply being Mark Buehrle.
Still caught up in the whirlwind of pitching just the 18th perfect game in major-league history in Thursday's unforgettable performance against Tampa Bay, the White Sox pitcher was asked what the past 20 hours or so had been like.
After all, there were calls from the President of the United States, his face plastered all over the television, as a matter of fact, the talk of the entire sports world.
And in all that madness the "coolest'' thing that stuck out in the mind of the guy born - and still lives - in St. Charles, Mo.?
"Probably the coolest [text] I got was Mark Drury from the Drury Brothers,'' Buehrle replied. "He said he was in a cornfield in Iowa doing some food plots and said he had it on in the radio on the tractor, and I told him, 'I wish I could have been there with him to be putting some food plots in.' But I think that was the coolest message I got.''
Mark Drury is some sort of big deal in the hunting world. Yep, same old Mark Buehrle.
"You ask all his teammates and there wouldn't be a better guy for it to happen,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's so humble. He's excited and should feel proud. I just talked to him today, and yesterday after the game on the airplane, he seemed like nothing happened, like we just won another game. I don't think he found out yet what he did.''
Actually he did, except it Buehrle's world it's not as big a deal as it would be for most major leaguers.
More evidence?
His big celebration Thursday night once they arrived in Detroit was going out to dinner with assistant hitting coach Mike Gellinger, Gellinger's wife, Kelly, assistant trainer Brian Ball and Paul Konerko, with most of the dinner conversation centering around Konerko trying to figure out the percentage of pitching a perfect game.
By the way, according to Elias Sports Bureau it is roughly 0.000092 percent.
"Even after the game I was packing my bag and [reliever Scott] Linebrink said, 'How are you even packing your bag. I can't even pack right now,' '' Buehrle recalled. "I said, 'I got to get on the flight. I can't do anything about it.' I think it was more sitting back and try to figure out what happened. But [Thursday] night, it was like a normal day, getting your bags packed and getting on the plane.''
For Buehrle, it might be. But he is now shed in a new light, joining Cy Young, Sandy Koufax. Randy Johnson, Jim Bunning and Addie Joss as the only six pitchers ever to throw both a no-hitter and a perfect game in their careers, and only Johnson and Buehrle aren't members of the Hall of Fame.
So the question had to be asked, did Thursday make him Hall of Fame worthy?
"Hall of Fame is going to need people to get in,'' Guillen said. "You will see people in with 200 wins, 220 or 250. There's no doubt. You have to. I don't think any pitcher is going to last long enough to win 300 games.''
Buehrle is currently 133-90.
"I think I got to do a lot more in this game to be thought of in that category,'' Buehrle said. "Obviously, it's an honor for people to even mention that. I got 130 wins now. I need a lot more wins and a lot more stuff in this game to be mentioned there.''
Buehrle's biggest worry now? What to buy his teammates as a thank you. His no-hitter got everyone watches. This time he was thinking "cufflinks, and whatever that thing's called that goes over a tie.''
Same old Mark Buehrle.

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