Short Take: Did Manuel expect
At the conclusion of this 6-2 defeat, the Sox swept for their sixth loss in
a row, announcer Ken Harrelson asked his sidekick Darrin Jackson, "What
else can happen?" Darrin's reply was, "Not much."
Actually, a lot more can happen. In fact you can bank on a lot more
happening because the 2001 Chicago White Sox aren't even close to bottoming
out on this season. It's a virtual certainty the White Sox will continue
to lose as long as the manager and the front office keep their heads in the
sand hoping to ignore the problems only they can fix. It's only
fair--they are the ones who created the problem.
What is even more worrisome than the continued inaction is the sudden
search for scapegoats. Hitting coach Von Joshua paid with his job
for suggesting the hitters all want to be on ESPN rather than simply getting
base hits. Is he the reason the Sox are losing?
Oh sure, it was Joshua who decided a minor league outfielder should learn
how to hit major league pitching in the big leagues. It was Joshua, too,
that made the trade last winter for a weak-hitting defensive shortstop,
forcing "the heart and soul of the team" (Jerry Manuel's words; not
ours) to play out of position--if at all! It was Von Joshua who brought
back an aging Sox legend and announced to the world he could stay on the team
no matter how much embarrassment he does to himself and the ball club.
And of course it was Von Joshua who has penciled into the line up the
above-mentioned stiffs over an over and over again.
Forty-one games into the season, and it's Von Joshua who still wants to see
if he can get Julio Ramirez, Royce Clayton, and Harold Baines
into a hitting groove. I guess now that Jerry Manuel, Kenny
Williams, and Jerry Reinsdorf have found a culprit other than
themselves for all the losing, we Sox Fans can begin making our plans for the
Sox World Series party. You know, the World Series the Sox have been
absent from for 41 seasons.
This game was a carbon-copy of the previous four ones the Sox lost.
It's as if the whole team gave up on the season last Tuesday in Seattle after Josh
Paul clutched third base twice (after the tag outs were already applied)
and brilliantly declared, "I would do it again!"
The Sox squandered big scoring opportunities early. They managed just
five hits all day. Royce Clayton and Harold Baines were
today's sub-.150 hitters to get a start from Jerry Manuel. Six Sox
batters never got a hit. Bob Howry, Kelly Wunsch, and Keith
Foulke managed to blow the game, but what real difference does it
make? The Sox hadn't scored since the third inning and could have played
another nine innings before the anemic attack finally pushed another run
across the plate.
Don't worry, Sox Fans. It's all Von Joshua's fault. Let the
Post-season Express continue on to oblivion!
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
innings of two-run, three-hit baseball, striking out five, and walking
nobody. For all that Mark Buerhle gets no decision.
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