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A Royal Loss, but Hail to The King

September 28 vs Kansas City Royals


Daily Sox Crop Report:
Being reaped and baled as we speak, but not the best yield. There's always next season.

Short Take: Sox wrap up unhappy season with 6-4 loss to Royals; Paul Konerko waves as he quietly rides his white horse off into the sunset.

It's a new era now - the era of a White Sox team without Paul Konerko.

Other than it being Konerko's last game, this game meant nothing to the Sox, but was important to the Royals. On the last day of the regular season, the AL Central title was still unclaimed. The Tigers held a 1-game lead over the Royals, so a Tigers loss and a Royals win meant a tie for the division title, and a game 163 on Monday.

So the Royals were playing for something, and at first, it showed. A batch of Royal doubles in the 2nd inning off of Sox starter Chris Bassitt made the score 2-0 Royals.

But in the 3rd inning, an Adam Eaton hustle double was followed by a Marcus Semien home run to the left field seats to tie the game. And Bassitt must have gotten fired up about that sudden run support, because he struck out the side in top of the 4th.

The Sox followed that up with two more runs in the 4th. Dayan Viciedo singled and then motored home via a Josh Phegley double. Then Carlos Sanchez singled and moved Phegley to 3rd. Leury Garcia followed with a nubber to Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who caught Phegley trying to make it home. However, a perfect bunt by Adam Eaton loaded up the bases again, and Marcus Semien drew a walk to make it 4-2 Sox.

Eaton's bunt single brought his 2014 batting average to a perfect .300. Spanky was all smiles in the dugout afterwards, and Robin Ventura removed him from the game to preserve the .300 average.

During the top of the 5th, the Tigers finished their game against Minnesota with a win, thus taking the AL Central Division championship for the 4th consecutive year. In response, Royals manager Ned Yost replaced his regulars to rest them for the wild card game on Tuesday. As luck would have it, Paul Konerko was due up in the bottom of the 5th. Konkerko had struck out twice against Ventura, and I was really hoping that new Royals pitcher Casey Coleman would groove one for the Captain so he'd get to exit the game with a dinger to end his career. But no such luck; in the last at-bat of his career, Konerko grounded out to 3rd.

The top of the 6th saw Konerko back on the field, but not for long. Konerko was taken out before the inning started and received a lengthy, rousing, deserving, standing ovation (and some watery eyes from this White Sox fan).

But they had to finish the game, and when it comes to pitching, their scrubs are better than our scrubs. As has been the story most of this season, we were foiled again by our own bullpen. Daniel Webb came in the top of the 6th with a 4-2 lead and left the inning losing 5-4. Bah.

Scott Carroll came in to pitch a few innings; one inning was solid, but the 7th inning saw a combination of wild pitches, passed balls, and hit-by pitches that left the Royals little to do to score another run.

The Sox could muster little else against a flurry of Royals pitchers. When they did, it involved getting thrown out at home, Ventura challenging the call, and umps upholding the call. What new? The Sox quietly exited 2014 with a 6-4 loss.

Good-bye, Paulie…and thanks

I went to Paulie's ceremonial game last night. For various reasons, this was only the second game I attended this season. The ceremony, the atmosphere, the the baseball, and the fireworks added up to a special experience. And the crowd was incredible. I'm proud of our fans who turned out in great numbers to say good-bye to the Captain.

A lot has been written about the ceremony and the day, so I won't rehash all that. I will say that I enjoyed the tributes between inning and pitching changes from players that Konerko played with (and against). They included Derek Jeter, Torii Hunter, Jermaine Dye, AJ, Scott Podsednik, Joe Crede, Juan Uribe, Aaron Rowand, and Joe Mauer (whose tribute I missed because I was standing in a concessions line, but my husband says he was roundly booed).

And kudos to the White Sox on keeping the statue a secret. I like to think that I read a lot of White Sox news, and in all the speculation as to whether Konerko deserved a statue - and there was plenty - I personally never saw anything that leaked the fact that the deed was already done.

A few weeks ago, I was attempting to fall back asleep at 3:30 am, after wrestling with a smoke alarm with a low battery. (Side note: is there a law or something that says those things need to start chirping at 3 am?) It was difficult to fall asleep, so I tried to relax by thinking about where we could go on vacation next year. I've wanted to go to Arizona in February for White Sox spring training for a while, so I started thinking, "yeah, that could be fun. Arizona this February. Sunshine, White Sox baseball...maybe get Chris Sale's autograph, and Paulie's autograph..."

PAULIE.

The captain won't be there.

So much for relaxing. That felt like a punch in the gut.

It's just plain weird to imagine the White Sox without Paul Konerko.

Perhaps it's because he's the last player from the 2005 World Champion White Sox.

Perhaps it's because he played 16 years on the White Sox, and except for this season, he was always in the lineup.

Perhaps it's because he was always above reproach, both on and off the field.

Perhaps it's because in the course of doing his daily work, just doing his job and grinding it out, he made so many indelible and remarkable memories for Sox fans.

Perhaps it was all of the above. There may not be another White Sox player like him for a long time.

Until then, you leave some really big shoes to fill, Paul Konerko. We'll miss you.

But your family, whose names that you carved in the infield dirt behind 1st base today, welcomes you home.

Oh, yeah, about 2014…

So the Sox finish the 2014 with a 73-89 record, 4th in the AL Central, ahead of only the Twins. Although it's a lot better than the dismal 63-99 record of 2013 season, are we Sox fans happy? Of course not. So we close the book on this season. We celebrate and reminisce with our captain and wish him well. We look forward to analyzing and discussing the offseason moves that GM Rick Hahn makes to improve the club (cough-cough- BULLPEN.)

Take heart, Sox fans. We have players like Chris Sale, Jose Abreu, Avi Garcia, and Adam Eaton to look forward to next season. Spring training can't come soon enough for me. Have a Happy Off-Season, and we'll see you in 2015.

WSI's
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Rick, please...sell the bullpen for whatever you can get.


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