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Mark Buehrle
As told to Lisa Altobelli
October 10, 2005
WHITE SOX PITCHER
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October 10, 2005

Mark Buehrle

WHITE SOX PITCHER

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On getting cut his first two years in high school

I was so small, I wasn't even going to go back out for my junior year. But my mom and dad sat me down and said, 'We didn't raise a quitter--you're going back out.' I made it, and then everything happened from there. Now if the freshman and jayvee coaches want to cut someone, they have to go through the varsity coach. It's called the Buehrle Rule.

On being the White Sox' representative for the players' association

It's like being in class. You have to pay attention and take notes, and then you have to come back and tell everyone what the meeting was about, and I'm not good at that. I told them straight out that I would be the worst player rep that there ever was, but no one else wanted to do it.

On his home-state Cardinals

I still root for them. Last year I went to see them play in the first round of the playoffs and the World Series. I grew up watching them. If I sign a lifetime deal with the White Sox, I'll be happy. But if the White Sox ever decide that they don't want me, and the Cardinals do, I would love to go home and play for them.

--As told to Lisa Altobelli

BUEHRLE, 26, WENT 16-8 AND STARTED 17 GAMES THAT LASTED LESS THAN 2:30. HE PITCHES THIS WEEK VS. BOSTON IN THE ALDS.

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