Short take: Winning now is
Look who is in second place all by themselves. On the very day the Sox
relinquish their division crown, they finally climb past the last obstacle
between them and Cleveland. They're going to the playoffs and we aren't
because games on April 2 count as much as those on May 2, June 2, July 2,
August 2, September 2, and yes--even October 2, too. The Sox ran a
junior-varsity tryout last spring while the Cleveland Indians ran for the
playoffs. Guess who reached the finish line first?
So it was a bittersweet victory the Sox claimed in Kansas City. The
final score was 5-2 and the Sox looked really good putting away yet another
inferior opponent. For Sox Fans however, the nagging question from 2001
will always be "what if". Today's events simply seal the deal.
One of the most pleasant surprises has been how the young pitching staff
has stepped up. Amongst the galaxy of promising future starters, add Gary
Glover's name. He pitched well enough to win his last outing and
today would not be denied. His six innings work were essentially a 3-hit
shutout. Only a poorly executed rundown by Joe Crede and Tony
Graffanino allowed any Kansas City runs to score. Glover had their
number the rest of the day.
Perhaps the most important catch of the season was Carlos Lee's
leaping effort to save a grand slam from leaving the yard--surefire highlight
film material, assuming the Sox even bother to make a tape of this
season. They only made a low-budget, half-hearted effort for the 2000
division championship season.
Oh sure, it's Sox Fans fault they don't show up at the ballpark more
often. The Sox' lack of promotional effort has nothing to do with it.
The Sox wasted no time jumping in front. They scored in each of the
first three innings. The Sox scored five runs and not one of them came
on a homerun. Such a feat! A nice balanced offense from the Sox,
all but one starter collecting at least one hit. Situational hitting can
be a beautiful thing.
Do you think Gary Ward was taking notes. 84 years of futility
says he wasn't.
On to New York to play the games Jerry Manuel wishes we
weren't. There are some second-place bonus bucks riding on them
now. Might as well win 'em!
Go Go White Sox---Chicago's Proud of You!
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
six inning of three-hit ball which should have been a shutout effort
if not for a terribly executed rundown play in the third inning.
Four strikeouts against one walk. Glover makes a legitimate
stake to next year's starting rotation.
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