In Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, Mark Buehrle thought he had the day off after pitching seven strong innings two days prior in Game 2.
But he didn't.
Instead, Buehrle ended up coming out of the bullpen that night ... with a few drinks in his system.
Here's how it went down.
Around the 7th inning in Game 3, Buehrle approached White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper with a styrofoam cup in his hand.
"I look in it, there's a beer in there," Cooper told CSN's David Kaplan on SportsTalk Live Monday. "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."
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With the game tied, Buehrle then proceeded to ask Cooper if the White Sox needed him to pitch at all. The White Sox pitching coach turned to Buehrle and jokingly said, "Heck no, we're trying to win this game. We don't want you in it."
Cooper then hedged his bet by saying that the only way Buehrle would enter the game is if the White Sox went in to 13 or 14 innings.
Sure enough, it did. And in the 14th inning, Buehrle was the only pitcher left for the White Sox.
The result? Buehrle came in relief and recorded the final out of the game, picking up the save as the White Sox took a 3-0 series lead.
Watch Cooper tell the full story in the video above.
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