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Some men are forced to end their seasons with ACL tears. Others may throw out their arms. But Mark Buehrle? He has to kill a bear. Literally.

Buehrle volunteered to skip his final start of the season, so that a younger pitcher could start in his place.

“I got my 200 innings, finally got that 10th win [Friday], so there’s nothing else really out there to shoot for personally,” Buehrle said before going on a bear-hunting trip with Thome, Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye.

Nothing left to shoot for? Well, not quite.

Saturday night, the White Sox lefty went hunting in northern Minnesota with three teammates – Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, and Jim Thome – and came back having killed a 200lb black bear with a bow.

As if this story couldn’t get any stranger, Buehrle pretty much owns up to his undying love for Jim Thome. Money quote:

”Once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially going with Jimmy,” Buehrle said Sunday. ”When we got out there, the guy said we could hunt separate. But my main thing is I wanted to be in the stand with Jim Thome. I turned down hunting by myself to be with him.”

Yeah… Take it easy, Mark. Why don’t you stop talking for a while? Yeah, maybe sit the next couple plays out.

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