Mark Buehrle Admits Downing ‘A Few’ Beers Before ’05 World Series Save

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Back in 2015, Don Cooper, Mark Buehrle’s former pitching coach on the Chicago White Sox, revealed to reporters that he’d caught Buehrle drinking a beer in the bullpen two days after pitching 7 1/3 innings in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. Cooper made it clear it was pretty normal for guys on the pitching staff to drink a few beers during their rest days.

Things got real during Game 3 as it headed into the 14th inning and Buehrle had his name called unexpectedly as the last available reliever in the bullpen. He picked up the save as the White Sox went on to win 7-5 and ultimately sweep the Houston Astros.

Buehrle had never confirmed or denied Cooper’s comments until Friday during a published piece in the The Players’ Tribune.

“In short: Yeah, sure, OK fine, so I had a few. I can admit to that. But you gotta let me explain,” the retired pitcher wrote.

He continued:

And it was just like one or two beers.

Every time I grabbed one, I’d go over and check in with the coaches.

“Hey, you guys are sure you’re not going to need me, right?”

“No, Mark. You are not pitching today. You just went.”

So I’d hear that and grab a beer.

It was only like three beers….


Definitely no more than three, though.

I swear.

At least he was honest. Only took 12 years.

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