Short Take: We're being laughed at.
On the eve of the most-important series of the entire season, the Chicago
White Sox mailed it in. A brain-dead performance from start to finish
Sunday at Comiskey leads to an embarrassing 11-3 loss to Baltimore, another
series loss for our Sox. They don't look so hot anymore and everyone
knows who is coming to town next to put a few more nails in our coffin.
34,588 Sox Fans were there to say farewell to Cal Ripken, collect Magglio
Ordonez bobblehead dolls, and cheer the Sox in advance of this critical
stretch of the schedule. It started with great hope, Sox starter Rocky
Biddle striking out the side in the first inning. That was the
high-point of the entire day for Biddle, the Sox, and Sox Fans.
The wheels came off the Sox championship cart the very next inning.
Biddle was lit for two runs on three hits. The Orioles would never look
back. Not that they would have to since the Sox offense has never looked
worse than they did in this one.
Jerry Manuel fielded what appeared to be one of his strongest-possible line
ups against Birds starter Jason Johnson. The Sox stumbled from one
inning to the next leaving Sox Fans to wonder what life might be facing three
more months of meaningless games. Lead-off Ray Durham was a giant
0 for 5. Jose Valentin hitting next in the line up was nearly as
bad, 1 for 5. Between the two of them they accounted for eleven Sox
outs, both also grounding into double plays.
Want more ineptitude? How about Paul Konerko. He got one
rbi while leaving seven others on base. A sixth inning rally was for
naught after a Sox Fan stupidly picked up a fair ball batted by Jeff Liefer
allowing the umpires to rule a ground rule double and send Ray Durham
back to third base on a play he would otherwise have scored on without
It's precisely at times like this that Sox Fans know with great certainty
that the baseball gods are laughing at us.
After that, the Sox went through the motions. Jerry Manuel dusted
off his roster card, discovered Ken Vining was still on the team and
sent him in to pitch the seventh inning. Five runs and seven hits later,
Vining was pulled and left to contemplate what most-certainly is a return trip
An eighth inning rally ended abruptly when Jose Canseco ran through
a stop sign to be tagged out from here to there at homeplate. Ours is a
hard lot, Sox Fans.
Two games beneath .500, ten games off the pace, and the Minnesota Twins are
coming to town. Put up or shut up time.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
for injured Carlos Lee, did nothing too much to embarrass himself in
the field and went 2 for 2 at the plate, both doubles. Was absolutely
robbed of an rbi in the sixth inning due to fan interference.
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