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Et Tu Bart, Eh?

September 18 at Minnesota

Today's temperature:
"Jerry decides it is time to start winning, but it turns out it is already too late. Sox fans can only hope that rumors of his impending termination are for real."

Short Take: Sox show signs of life, but Minnesota pulls the plug...

For one brief shining moment, Sox fans had hope. After Minnesota screwed up defensively in the first inning, Carl Everett hit a blooper into right-centerfield with two outs and two on and the Sox held a 2-0 lead after a half an inning of play. Maybe Jerry Manuel's statement about playing to win and going to a 4-man rotation were having an effect and the Sox were going to salvage a game and their fan's pride. Maybe there was still hope for the playoffs and for the many games the Twinkies play against the Tigers to actually mean something. On the other hand, maybe not.

Insult to injury, that's what this game was. The Sox managed to score one more run the rest of the night for a grand total of three. That run would score when Aaron Miles (of all people) in his second major league at bat (both this week) ran the fat part of his bat into a high off-speed pitch that was out over the plate and launched it over the head of Shannon Stewart in left to drive in Jose Valentin who had doubled earlier in the inning. But, by then, it was moot. Sox fans hoping for a big game from their big stud, Bartolo Colon were stunned to see the big man give up two 2-run homers to Jacque Jones in the first three innings. The first one was a mistake up and out over the plate that Jones just whipsawed the bat around on and drove high into the right-field seats. That was in the first to quickly erase the 2-run lead the Sox had created in the top half. The second one was just plain stupid. With Jones standing a good foot and a half off the plate, Colon threw 2 straight fastballs on the inside corner. Jones fouled the first one off and stepped out to gather himself. Then he stepped back in and drilled the second one over the baggie in straight away center to give the Twinkies a lead they would never relinquish. Sox fans tried to hold out hope, but the team continued to struggle as they have all series. The final total of seven runs in three huge games can only be further proof that this team has no focus and little discipline at the plate. When they don't hit homers, they don't score. It's that simple. Still in the end, one wonders how different these games might have been if Manuel had decided to try and win more games in the first half.

Not much left to hope for now as the Sox fall 3.5 games back of the Twinkies getting swept out of the baggie-dome and watching their second-half surge fall woefully short against a tough talented inspired Minnesota club. It will take a major miracle for the Sox to win the division at this point in time. Yeah, stranger things have happened in baseball, but not by much. If the Twinkies even lose 3 games the rest of the way; it will be a story unto itself. So the Sox would have to sweep and hope for those 3 losses to even get a tie at the end of the season. It can't be a good thing to see your dreams come to a crashing halt, but if it signals the end of the Jerry "The Tinkerer" Manuel era on the southside, then all will not have been for naught. Some might say, "Jerry we hardly knew ye." In reality, we knew him all too well. The constant tinkering in the first half of every season, the fights with big name players, the mismanagement of the bullpen, the dumb comments to the press and the ridiculous passing of the buck to everyone and anyone on the team will all come to an end. At least Sox fans can hope so. Still, it is painful to think of what might have been.

Sox play a three-game set with the Royals starting tomorrow. There will be a big crowd on hand as the game has been sold out for about a week. Will they bother actually showing up? How will the team be received? Mark Buehrle takes the mound followed by Esteban Loaiza on Saturday for the Sox who supposedly are going to a 4-man rotation. As usual a day late and a dollar short. Why it didn't happen a few weeks ago is anybody's guess. After all, Danny Wright and Neil Cotts were so amazing in their 5th-starter roles these past few weeks...

Tinkerer Update:
 Daubach for Konerko takes the collar, watching strike three twice. Aaron Miles gets to pinch hit for the second time in a week and this time he delivers.

submitted by The Warden.

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