05/09/2007 11:51 PM ET
Buehrle: The afterglow of a no-hitter
Mark Buehrle threw the 16th no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
The media requests following my no-hitter seem to be dying down now and my life is getting back to normal.
I had to lean on our public relations department to help with the requests. They got tons of calls and I just couldn't accommodate that many requests. I had to pick and choose. We focused on some of the main ones and that's where we said "Yes."
I didn't really get any unusual requests or unusual questions. Most of them, in fact, were pretty much the same questions. It did get a little old answering the same question 100 times. It seemed like it was the same questions over and over as each interview took place.
The no-hitter was a wonderful thing for me personally and I'll never forget it, but it will never compare to winning the World Series in 2005. The championship was a lot better. That's why we're all here -- to get to the playoffs and to win the World Series.
The memories of April 18 will remain, though. Like he did in that World Series, Paul Konerko, our first baseman, caught the last out of my no-hitter and gave me the ball after the game. That's the way he is, though. I told him it seems like he catches all of the big final outs for our team.
Following the game, the guys came out on the field and gave me a beer shower. The best thing about a beer shower is that it cools you off. The worst thing is that I didn't get any in my mouth. It's a different feeling than a champagne shower. It's a different taste, too.
My favorite postgame moment was finally seeing my wife, Jamie, who is pregnant. When I was coming off the field, I was looking for her, but I couldn't find her with all of the commotion. She was already there, right next to the dugout.
It was great to see the look on her face. She told me how proud of me she was and I'll never forget the look on her face. I kissed her belly. It was a very special and emotional moment for me.
Jamie told me later that she was nervous, but she also said she didn't realize I had a no-hitter going until the eighth inning. It was probably better for her in that regard.
Mark Buehrle allowed only one walk, to Texas' Sammy Sosa in his first career no-hitter on April 18 at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history, and Buehrle finished the month with a .857 WHIP, an American League-best.