With e-word of Buehrle's perfect game arriving as the president headed for the airport, bound for Chicago and some party fundraisers tonight (including a $30,400 per-couple dinner at the home of Chicago hotel heiress and business executive Penny Pritzker), Obama telephoned Buehrle by cell phone from the limousine The pitcher stepped into Jerry Reinsdorf's office for the president's call.
Buehrle had retired 27 Tampa Bay batters in a 5-0 victory today to claim his place in club history. He was aided by a big catch by Chicago center-fielder Dewayne Wise, who also denied a home run by Tampa's Gabe Kapler.
Obama congratulated Buehrle on his "unbelievable achievement" and suggested that perhaps it helped that Obama had worn a Sox jacket when he threw out the opening albeit short, pitch of the All-Star game the other week. (And a pair of baggy jeans for which the president has taken no end of ribbing.) Read more at the Swamp