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If Jerry Manuel has changed his mind about not wanting to make up
the six games lost while baseball mourned the September 11 terrorist attacks,
it wasn't apparent amongst the team he fielded Monday night at Yankee
Stadium. The Sox were embarrassed as much as they ever been this season,
falling behind by five runs and never mounting a serious comeback
effort. A pathetic evening of corpseball inside baseball's most-famous
shrine, 8-1 the final.
If you can't get up for a game at Yankee Stadium...
The season can't end quick enough for Kip Wells. Of all the
Sox starters, nobody has had their chain pulled harder or more
frequently. He began the year in Triple-A Charlotte and has yo-yoed back
and forth from the rotation to the bullpen ever since. Jerry Manuel
seems to have no clue what to do with him. Tonight he got the start
against the world champions and immediately wilted under the pressure.
He didn't even need to get hit by a ball to have his confidence crash.
Thanks to Wells' clueless pitching the Sox gave up six runs the first three
innings. The Yankees had scored three runs in third when Manuel finally
came out and grabbed his head-case youngster. Wells' line on the night,
2.0 innings pitched, six earned runs on five hits, four walks against three
strikeouts. Reliever Matt Ginter prevented any further
embarrassment to Wells and the team, getting the next three batters out to
finally retire the side.
Meanwhile Sox hitters were clueless against Sterling Hitchcock. The
heart of the Sox line up (Magglio Ordonez, Paul Konerko, Jose
Canseco, Carlos Lee, and Herbert Perry) failed to reach base
all night long. The lone Sox run of the night came on a Ray Durham
sacrifice to score Royce Clayton. The Sox managed four hits all
What does the term "corpseball" mean to you?
The Sox aren't a playoff team and its nights like tonight that Sox Fans are
thankful they aren't. We've got no business scheduling these guys if we
aren't going to play them straight up.
1967 -- The
Hey Sox Fans, check out WSI's
new retrospective on the season the Sox came closest to scratching our 42 year
pennant itch. Written by Dan Helpingstine, author of "Through
Hope and Despair", here's the first chapter to his new book.
-- As Close as They've Come
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
New York with three straight outs in the third inning to end what
could have been a far worse inning, went five innings allowing just
one run and two hits. The tallest of the midgets!
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