Former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle wasn’t suppose to pitch during game three of the 2005 World Series against the Houston Astros.
Former White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told SportsTalk Live he saw Buehrle drinking out of a styrofoam cup during the 7th inning.
“I look in it, there’s a beer in there. It wasn’t uncommon for guys on the 2005 staff, the starters when they weren’t pitching, to enjoy a cocktail from time to time.”
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said he drank beers during gamesBuehrle got the no-decision in game two and thought he was in the clear.
After seeing Buehrle drinking, Cooper made sure he used all of his arms before putting in the five-time All-Star.
When the game lasted until the 14th inning and the White Sox used all the pitchers on their roster, Cooper had no other choice but to put Buehrle on the mound.
“No telling how many beers he had before that,” Cooper said.
Buehrle entered the game with a two-run lead and two outs. Luckily, Buehrle only needed three pitches to force Astros first baseman Adam Everett to pop up. Buehrle earned his first and only career postseason save while a little tipsy.
The White Sox would go onto complete the sweep in Game four to claim the Commissioner’s Trophy.