White Sox retire former star pitcher Mark Buehrle's No. 56 jersey

CHICAGO (AP) - On the day his No. 56 jersey was retired, former Chicago White Sox star Mark Buehrle spoke much like he pitched.

Buehrle figures he will be a wreck when he steps onto the field prior to Chicago's game against Oakland for a ceremony 12 seasons in the making. "But I didn't really talk much".

Widely regarded as the greatest White Sox left-hander in the expansion era, Buehrle recorded 161 of his 214 victories in a Chicago uniform.

The five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove victor earned 161 or his 214 victories in a White Sox uniform. The team had special gifts and surprises in store as they revealed the retired number during the ceremony at Guaranteed Rate Field. To this day it is the Astros' only World Series appearance.

The Missouri native shared some amusing stories, including being locked in a bus bathroom during rookie hazing, roaming the Chicago streets like a madman looking for a place that sold suits and his phone call with former USA president Barack Obama after a 2009 flawless game.

He remembers a pitcher who was rarely rattled, who hardly ever shook off a catcher because he believed in whatever he was throwing.

Well, as White Sox fans know, the game did go into extra innings, and Buehrle had to come in for the save.

"Hey, you guys are sure you're not going to need me, right?"

So it has been said that baseball is social sport where fans go to spend time with friends and family and grab a cold hot dog and a flat beer.

Former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle smiles as he responds to a question about his career as a White Sox during a news conference before a baseball game between his former ball club and the Oakland Athletics Friday, June 23, 2017, in Chicago. He said he's happy shuttling his kids to their sports events, knocking items off the to-do list at home and playing on a beer league softball team. His 9-year-old son, Braden, sang the national anthem before his 8-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

In an article he wrote for The Player Tribune Buehrle said he chugged, "like three beers".

  • Julie Sanders