Swept out of NYC
Short take: Not in Kansas anymore.
Last year's A.L. Central Division champions seemingly have packed it
in. Has the entire team taken its cue from manager Jerry Manuel,
who said he preferred not playing the six games missed last month? He
has since publicly reversed himself, but frankly what else could he possibly
say? "No, we're playing 'em under protest!" Even Manuel
has to make a nod towards reality once in awhile.
Whatever the reason, our Sox once again lose like punks to the New York
Yankees, swept out of town three straight after another lethargic 2-1
loss. Now they face a second place showdown inside that God-forsaken
dome up in Minneapolis.
Hasn't this team done it the hard way the whole season?
Jon Garland looked great for precisely 5.1 innings. He had
allowed just two hits, striking out four and walking just one. You could
almost envision Manuel writing Garland's name into the starting rotation for
the 2002 White Sox. The young pitching phenom we got for slug Matt
Karchner got the first out of the sixth inning--and then the roof caved
A single to Derek Jeter followed by an off-speed pitch to Paul O'Neil
deposited beyond the right field wall made Garland the instant
How could two mistakes be that crucial? Easy. None of the Sox
hitters apparently got their wake up call this morning. Jose Canseco managed
a solo homerun for what proved to be the only run the Sox would
Don't blame the table setter, Ray Durham. He reached base in
three of four trips to the plate. He had exactly half of the Sox's six
hits on the night. Pathetic.
The momentum of this game changed in the top of the sixth. Durham led
off with a double and Jose Valentin walked. Aaron
Rowand's sacrifice put runners at second and third with one out. The
Sox got nothing from that rally as both Paul Konerko and Jose
Canseco popped out.
Aw, crap. If the Sox don't care about second place money, why should
we? If Manuel didn't want to play these three in New York, what are the
chances he wants to play the next three inside the Hump Dome?
Exactly. His players know it, too.
1967 -- The
the second installment of the three-part series about the 1967 Sox is here! Written by Dan Helpingstine, author of "Through
Hope and Despair", here's the first chapter to his new book.
-- Part Two: Crosstown Eclipse
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is precisely what a leadoff man is supposed to do. With the lame
effort of his teammates, he didn't score even once.
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