Those who know Mark Buehrle or those who follow the White Sox would not be alarmed to hear that the left-hander skipped a start earlier this week. It’s just something Buehrle does as part of his preparation for the regular season. However, any missed time is a cause for concern for reporters — especially ones who are not accustomed to to newly-acquired Buehrle’s preseason habits. Naturally, Mark took their inquisition as an opportunity to have some fun.
“I’m hurting… They said I have Dutch Elm Disease,” Buehrle told reporters Friday morning according to the Palm Beach Post.
Unfortunately, Buehrle is not a great actor and was unable to keep a straight face. The gag, he says, started in Chicago when reporters would rush over to him assuming he was injured when he missed a start in spring training.
“I told them, ‘They say I have Dutch Elm Disease. Don’t know much about it,’” he said. “I had to be dead serious. I’m trying to hold back. One day I came in and I had a bag of fertilizer in