Short Take: Changes are coming
In the first inning, lead-off Ray Durham drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in
right field to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead. What Sox Fans didn't know
was 13 runs would follow that score, but only one of them would be by the
Sox. The Minnesota Twins unloaded on our feeble Pale Hose Thursday
evening, an embarrassing 12-2 defeat. Ray Durham's solo shot may
well be remembered as the dying gasp of what had been our defending champion
It's over Sox Fans, and changes are afoot. Anything less than
preparing this team for battle in 2002 would be malfeasance on the part of Sox
management. The King is dead; long live the King. Whoever
the king might be, it sure isn't the 2001 Sox.
The future of James Baldwin was left in doubt with tonight's
effort. He couldn't even make it through the fourth inning, getting
ripped for eight runs on eight hits. Is there room for him in a rotation
that clearly will place a premium on gaining experience for the youthful arms
in the Sox system? Would a contending team want J.B. for their stretch
run? Sox Fans won't have to wait too long to know the answers to these
Jerry Manuel called out the dregs of this bullpen for mop-up
duty. Since there is no mercy-killing rule in major league
baseball, the Sox manager employed the next best thing: 4.1
innings of relief work by Ken Vining, Matt Ginter, and Alan
Embree. They allowed another four runs.
Sox Fans got a peak at the future when Manuel sent for Jon Garland
to pitch the ninth. He continues to show improvement since his demotion
to the bullpen back in May, pitching a hitless inning. He doesn't figure
to wait long for a return visit to the starting rotation.
So what is left for Sox Fans to cheer for? Each must decide for
themselves. Being a Sox Fan means never tolerating mediocrity, so it's
good to know changes are needed and most certainly are forthcoming.
Keeping faith with the team and holding tight for a brighter tomorrow would
seem the best course of action. Of course you haven't much choice in the
matter--this franchise hasn't gone anywhere in a long, long time.
85 years and waiting is just around the corner.
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lead-off homerun off of Joe "Cy" Mays, the last gasp for the
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