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Farewell, Sweet White Sox

September 30 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Today's Sox Crew:
Invisible Men
As has been the case over most of the last 12 days, the Sox barely showed up.

Short Take:   Jose Quintana showed his fatigue, not making it out of the fourth inning and walking three.

Today was the day it happened for me. When it comes to my favorite baseball team, I'm extremely sensitive, emotionally involved and will defend them time and time again. But, after watching Sunday's debacle at U.S. Cellular Field in person and watching Detroit put up two late runs against the Twins in Minneapolis via the out-of-town scoreboard, it hit me like a ton of bricks -- my sweet White Sox wouldn't be playing anymore games in Chicago this season and, as I write this, I'm absolutely heartbroken. The damage was done early in this one and the Sox found themselves on the short end of a 6-2 score to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The facts were the facts in this ballgame -- Jose Quintana (6-6) didn't have it, showing his fatigue from the get go. He gave up a lead-off triple to Desmond Jennings and a two-run home run to B.J. Upton, giving the Rays an early 2-0 lead. Ryan Roberts hit a solo home run in the third to put his team up 3-0 and it seemed like the Sox would be shut out offensively.

But then the fourth inning happened and proved that David Price (20-5) is human, stringing together three base hits and a sacrifice fly. Sandwiched between all that, A.J. Pierzynski took one for the team, loading the bases. Dayan Viciedo lifted a fly ball deep enough to bring home the second run of the game for the Sox and just like that, they were only down 3-2.

Sadly, as has been the norm more often than not lately, the Sox gave those runs right back, which gave the Rays a 5-2 lead. Tampa would add one more tally in the ninth off Addison Reed, who surrendered Upton's second home run of the afternoon.

Baseball is a funny game. Fans of their beloved White Sox have come to accept their team's demise at different times during the last week. I'm one of those fans who always believes her team has a possibility until they're mathematically eliminated and this year was no exception. As recently as this past Wednesday, I went to bat for Robin Ventura and his team on this board, declaring that nothing was over until it was mathematically impossible for the Sox to win the division. Just once, I wanted to be the one who could say, "I told you so" around these parts; just once.

As I stood among the diehards on this sunny, but chilly late September Sunday afternoon in right field, a season of fun, excitement and hope flashed before my eyes. As I listened to Phillip Phillips's song Home blare over the speakers post-game, I watched all of those exciting moments we were treated to this season on the Jumbotron and as much as I wanted to smile and remember them fondly, all I could do was cry. Cry at the thought of what could have been and what I thought was. As I watched the season unfold and the Sox overcome the dismal predictions of the supposed experts, I saw something I hadn't seen on the south side in a long time -- resilience. But when they needed that resilience the most, the Sox just couldn't overcome the fatigue. Sleep well, sweet White Sox. I'll miss you more than you know.

Feeling dejected after a 2-5 homestand, the Sox will fly to Cleveland to finish out the season against the Indians. Hector Santiago (3-1, 3.69 ERA) will pitch Monday for the Sox and he'll oppose Corey Kluber (2-4, 5.02 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 6:05p CDT and, assuming you still have it in you to watch this team, you can do so on WCIU.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 The only thing I appreciate at this point is the fact that the liquor cabinet at the ballpark has been sufficiently stocked because I've sure as hell needed it!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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