Let's all share our Buehrle stories

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Let's all share our Buehrle stories

Kenny Williams was right. Losing Mark Buehrle sucks.

The guy had so many memorable moments during his 12 years with the White Sox. To name a few:

-The perfect game.
-The no-hitter.
-The 99-minute game.
-The World Series save.
-Tarp dives.
-The flip.
-The home run.

It's not just the moments, either. It's the stories behind the moments. Every Sox fan seems to have a Mark Buehrle story.

Feel free to share yours below. I'm going to go ahead and share mine.

Buehrle was the last remaining connection I had to my childhood baseball fandom. His breakout year was the first year I really fell in love with pitching (for reference, I was born three days before Nestor Molina). I had a weak arm, but I threw left-handed, and watching Buehrle kept my childish dreams of pitching in the major leagues alive for longer than they probably should have. I always tried to work fast, just like Buehrle.

As I grew older, I never lost that childish fandom of Buehrle. I was studying for a stats test (that I probably failed) in 2007 when my dad told me to come downstairs for the Sox game. He didn't tell me why, but when I saw the string of zeros come across the TV screen, it was like I just won the lottery.

Two years later, I was in the stands -- Sec. 161, row 3, seat 7 to be exact -- for Buehrle's perfect game. Nothing I ever will experience in sports will ever top that.

I still pitched when I went off college in Missouri, playing in a fall league three out of my four years at school. Every time I pitched in my first two years of playing, I wore my shirt commemorating Buehrle's no-hitter under my jersey. In my final year, I wore my shirt commemorating Buehrle's perfect game under my jersey. It was a stupid, childish superstition that I don't regret at all.

Now Buehrle's gone, and that last remaining link to my childhood baseball fandom has left Chicago. He had to go, and I completely understand that.

But it still sucks, just as Kenny Williams said.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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