Big Win for Opener!
Short Take: Fun time over in
Welcome to the 21st century, and welcome too, to another great season of
totally biased Sox coverage!
What was the best part of beating the Cleveland Indians to start the 2001
season? Sox Fans, we have a lot of choices!
There was David Wells pitching out a jam in the first inning,
leaving loud-mouth Kenny Lofton stranded at thirdbase after a leadoff
single. That was sweet!
So too, was Bartolo Colon's performance. Jumbo took the hill in the
first inning with smoke blowing from his ears, throwing nothing but fastballs
and blowing away Sox hitters. The Cleveland crowd ate it up proving
again after five consecutive division championship they still can't understand
the difference between baseball and football. They thought it was great
until Bartolo inevitably slowed down and the Sox bats caught up.
A double and a single by Carlos Lee and Paul Konerko put the
Sox ahead in the second inning. Silly Bartolo forgot our young guys love
fastballs! In the fourth with Ray Durham on second, Bartolo chose
to put Frank Thomas on firstbase. Maybe he thought the next
batter was Albert "never hit nuthin' when it counts" Belle.
Instead it was our Venezuelan hero, Magglio Ordonez who stuck
Colon's 1-0 pitch so high and so deep into the left field seats, Lofton didn't even bother with his customary "lucky break, I shoulda
got it" routine. Ah, that was sweet, too.
Watching Bob Wickman impersonate a closer had Sox Fans rolling off their
There was the usual incredible Sox offense to savor. Durham was 1 for
3 with a walk and scored twice, Jose Valentin had an rbi-double, and Frank
Thomas was 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored. What dolts like
Rob Neyer would probably consider a weakness, the Sox offense efficiently
churned out seven runs on nine hits. Yeah, but we're only a second-best
team, right Rob?
But the sweetest bit of this Sox victory probably won't be savored until
Wednesday. That's when the official attendance at Jacobs Field will be
announced. Unless by some miracle the depressed denizens manage to buy
another 5,000 seats, the Indians' streak of 455 consecutive sellouts will
end--in a game against the division champion Chicago White Sox. They
don't even have Wally Phillips to bail them out!
And they call us frontrunners?
After having this team rub our noses in it for five years, we Sox Fans find
that the sweetest of all.
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three-run dinger breaks the game open and send David Wells on to
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