"It's so frus-TRATING!"
Short Take: Where's Navarro when
you need him?
Sox Fans, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the Chicago
White Sox prove you wrong again. The pitching was terrible, the defense
was terrible, and the hitting... well, the hitting has sucked all year
long. Sox Fans now question the team's front office leadership as Jerry
Manuel once again benches Jose Valentin, presumably because he
can't hit lefties.
Oh sure, like Julio Ramirez (.080) and Royce Clayton (.125)
ever could! Gimme a break!!!
The Sox lost to Anaheim 12-5 and there isn't a Sox Fan on six continents
that doesn't deserve the Purple Heart for staying up late to watch this mess,
or even giving a damned anymore. Yeah, it really was that bad.
For reasons nobody in the White Sox organization has exactly explained, Jon
Garland was brought north to take the spot of the demoted Sean Lowe.
If veteran Jim Parque is going down because of injury, why compound
your problems by ditching another veteran arm in the process? The kid
started this game and was an utter basket case almost from the
A fielding error by Tony Graffanino to start the second inning was
all it took to break Garland's back. He wouldn't make it out of the
third inning before Jerry Manuel came to get him, six runs (three earned), six
hits, and one dinger adding up to a frightful 10.12 ERA.
Welcome back to the Show, Mr. Garland. Thank your lucky stars you
were only facing the weak-hitting Angels. It won't be as fortunate next
You know the rest of the story; we've repeated the same script all season
long. Carlos Lee hit a two-run dinger in the seventh, but Gary
Glover gave up three in the bottom-half of the frame. Angels
pitching fodder Jarrod Washburn (0-3, 7.56 ERA) cut through Jerry Manuel's
anemic line up like a hot knife through butter.
Not even a Keystone cops play by the Angels infield could get the Sox back
into this game, a pop up literally falling between five Angels
players. If we're laughing at them for committing such a
boneheaded play, what must they be doing in their clubhouse knowing they got
away with it in their blowout victory?
As bad as Jaime Navarro was, you could at least expect him to light
up his teammates if they ever played this poorly behind him. Sure, he
would conveniently overlook his own shortcomings, but that is still better
than what we have now which is simply the entire team walking through the
There's more but it's too painful to recap. The question Sox Fans
must ask themselves now is how we ever won eight games, and how will we ever
win another? There is nobody with their head in the game, including
Manuel and the guy he reports to.
That's right, Kenny Williams. The honeymoon is officially
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
into the game in relief of the torched Jon Garland, pitched 2.1
scoreless innings, then got pulled for Gary Glover who got torched,
too. How much worse would the final score have been if this guy
hadn't shutdown the mighty Haloes for for two+ innings?
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