Short take: Who is in who's head
The 14-29 mark that the Sox started the season with seemed like a distant
memory Thursday afternoon at Comiskey. The Sox played their last home
game of the year after lifting their record to seven games over .500, catching
second-place Minnesota while beating them 9-3, and now look forward to
asserting some sense of accomplishment to a season's worth of broken dreams
and unfulfilled promises.
Finishing in second-place ten games over .500 would be pretty nice. A
better record than the Cubs would be awfully sweet for Chicago-based Sox Fans,
too. These are both achievable goals.
The Sox got out to a quick lead in the first, fought off a feeble comeback
by the Twinkies, then blew the game open in the third. Seven Sox hitters
collected four runs on four hits that inning, including a two-out, two-run
blast by slumping slugger Carlos Lee. Every Sox regular reached
base at least once except Jose Canseco who himself collected an rbi
sacrifice. Hey, that's what the big guy is paid to do!
Minnesota had multiple scoring opportunities but could barely make a dent
in the growing Sox lead. Danny Wright lasted into the sixth
allowing five hits and six base on balls. He saved his chestnut by
striking out six and inducing a pair of timely double-play grounders.
With the crappy way the Twinkies were playing, you wonder if maybe they
weren't pressing a bit to beat the Sox. After all the glory heaped upon
them early this season, it's a bitter pill to contemplate falling into third
place. Hey Sox Fans, does that remind you of any other pile of trash
If Wright had trouble on the mound, reliever Sean Lowe was cruising
in overdrive. He pitched the last 3.1 innings allowing one run and three
hits, striking out three and walking nobody.
And let's not forget, Sox Fans, that Harold Baines got his first
at-bat since last May in a pinch-hitting role--and perhaps his last ever as a
member of the Sox on the South Side. He rightly deserved a standing
ovation from the Comiskey crowd who with all Sox Fans will never forget his
great and glorious achievements spanning three decades. Dan
Helpingstine writes his own tribute to one of the greatest of our Sox
So it's off to Kansas City to begin a nine game road trip to end the
season. Finishing second isn't what Sox Fans had in mind last spring,
but it would sure be nice to have something to keep us warm through the
winter. Cubs fans beware!
Hey Sox Fans!
Coming Sunday to White Sox
Interactive: a retrospective on the "Improbable Nightmare" of the
1967 Sox season. They won with pitching and defense and not
much else. Written by Dan Helpingstine, author of the new book...
"Through Hope and
Despair -- A Fan's memories of the Chicago White Sox, 1967-1997"
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with two rbi's, scored a run, batted in two including a sacrifice
fly. Was flawless in the field and on the basepaths, he even
took one for the team in the eighth! A sentimental choice.
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