Jamie Buehrle’s Facebook Tells Us Mark Won the Gold Glove

And the social media world strikes again. Gold Glove award winners will be announced on Tuesday. Well, most of them will be announced on Tuesday. One surprise announcement came on Monday.  Chicago Breaking Sports did some deep digging to keep all of us ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge.  By deep digging I mean they were creeping on Jamie Buehrle’s Facebook page.

Jamie let the Facebook world — and now all of us — know that Mark Buehrle won his second Gold Glove award with a congratulatory post dedicated to her better half.  The post read, “So proud of my husband.  He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!”  I think it’s safe to say she qualifies as a source close to the situation.

Either Jamie wasn’t aware the award winners would be announced tomorrow, or she’s a woman after our own hearts and wants to be the first to get the info out there.  Regardless, Buehrle winning a Gold Glove isn’t really a surprise.  He was the best in the majors with 11 pickoffs and came close on a couple others but was called for balks, prompting Joe West to toss Ozzie Guillen for no reason.  He also made this ridiculous play on Opening Day.  I’ll check out the Facebook pages of all the other candidates’ wives and let you know what I find.  What?  It’s my job…

Umpire Joe West Getting Old and Cranky

When the Red Sox and Yankees squared off to open the 2010 MLB season, they seemed to really aggravate 32-year veteran umpire Joe West.  West, who was the chief of the crew that worked the series, had the following to say about the Sox and Yankees rate of play when they face each other:

They’re the two clubs that don’t try to pick up the pace. They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest? It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play.”

His point is taken, but it’s a bit of an overreaction.  The two teams do take forever when they play each other, but anyone who watches the games knows they aren’t doing it on purpose and then laughing about it afterword.  Red Sox and Yankees hitters are extremely disciplined at the plate.  Combine that with the fact that Francona and Girardi are always making pitching changes to assure the right arms are facing the right bats, and you’ve got yourself a long baseball game.  They do it because the games just mean more, regardless of what the players might say.

It would seem West isn’t only taking out his frustrations on the Red Sox and Yankees this season.  On Tuesday afternoon, he ejected Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen for arguing a balk call against Mark Buehrle in the second inning and tossed Buehrle himself in the third just for getting upset after being called for a second balk.  Check out the video of Joe West ejecting Mark Buehrle just for dropping his glove in frustration, courtesy of The Sporting Blog and TwitVid user chrislittmann:

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Video: DeWayne Wise’s Amazing Catch to Preserve Buehrle’s Perfect Game

Mark Buehrle threw just the 18th perfect game in MLB history on Thursday, beating the Rays 5-0. He faced 27 batters and retired them all, striking out six. There were a couple of close calls, one coming in the 8th when a Pat Burrell line drive landed just foul down the third base line. The other was when Gabe Kapler sent a ball deep to center field to lead off the 9th. Luckily Ozzie Guillen had just put DeWayne Wise in at center as a defensive replacement. Check out his amazing catch:

When you consider the situation and the pressure involved, that was a truly impressive catch. You have to give Ozzie credit for making the switch too, unlike Bruce Bochy who moved Juan Uribe to third base and screwed up Jonathan Sanchez’s perfect game bid. Buehrle says he bought everyone on the team a watch after he threw a no-hitter two years ago. Something tells me he’ll be buying DeWayne Wise something slightly nicer than that.