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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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August 9,1977

Posted 05-17-2018 at 05:53 PM by TommyJohn

August 9,1977
vs. Seattle Mariners
at Comiskey Park

The White Sox returned home after the sweep in Kansas City and had a simple message for the Royals and anybody else who thought their hat-tipping antics were "bush." That message, essentially, was "screw you."

"I don't know who gave you the idea we might stop acknowledging the applause after our home runs" Chet Lemon told Dave Condon. "We never gave it any thought. How could we?" In saying this, Chet contradicted players like Bart Johnson and Richie Zisk, who basically said that was exactly what the Sox did.

Lemon also said that the fans were the ones who demanded it by screaming and hollering and getting the players' adrenalin flowing. Why shouldn't the Sox acknowledge that? "It's just really beautiful the way the fans cheer us. We're obligated to give them everything we can, including a tip of the cap, and I hope we can give them the best of all-a champion."

Lemon's words of defiance came after this night's game, a 13-3 bashing of the Seattle Mariners, the team born of a lawsuit settlement.

A crowd of 12,294 turned out to see the Sox, who were still in 1st place after beating Seattle the night before. The crowd size is interesting in that Dave Condon never even mentioned it in his game recap in the August 10 Tribune. Today, both newspapers would be filled with hysterical rants demanding to know why 50,000 weren't coming out for every game, along with obligatory cheap shots at the park, the fans and the neighborhood, plus a few sneers from the local columnists.

The crowd was noisy enough, though, after the Sox scored 5 runs in the 1st inning to erase a quick 2-0 Seattle lead. Oscar Gamble drove in the first two with a single, Chet Lemon followed that up with a three run home run. The crowd rose as one after the home run and demanded a curtain call, which Lemon provided. The fans obviously heard Hal McRae and saw the series in Kansas City. They weren't about to let an arrogant nut or a bunch of cowpokes shut them up.

The fun continued in the 3rd inning, when the Sox slammed three more home runs-a solo shot by Oscar Gamble, a two run drive by Eric Soderholm and another solo shot by Jim Essian. This put the Sox up 9-2.

Soderholm doubled his fun in the 5th when he struck another two run homer to make it 11-2. Utility player Royle Stillman finished the scoring for the night with a two run homer, the Sox' 6th round tripper of the night. The home run came off veteran relief pitcher Diego Segui, who this season entered the record books as the only man to play for both the Seattle Pilots and the Seattle Mariners.

After each home run, the fans gave the team a standing ovation and the players gave the hat tip, leading to Chet Lemon's defiant postgame remarks. The Sox were still in 1st place and they weren't going to take crap from anyone.

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