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September 24 Vs. New york

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"Couldn't resist one final dig at Frank today, could you Jerry. Hopefully he is back. Hopefully you are not..."

Short Take: 8-run sixth inning gives Esteban his 20th victory.

FINALLY! Sox fans have been waiting for 2 weeks for this kind of offensive explosion. Now that the season is officially over, they finally come through. No surprise there as that is exactly the same as every Jerry Manuel led team both before the 2000 season and after. Nothing much else to say about this game, Esteban Loaiza wins his 20th in his 4th attempt after taking losses to the Twins twice and the Royals in the heart of a pennant run. Too little too late, but I guess the Sox can hang their hat on the fact that they won both series they played against the probable World Series Champion Yankees. Maybe that makes them champions in their minds, but for many of us, it is as hollow as Manuel's explanations for the horrible way he managed the team the first half of the season.

The game didn't start well with E_Lo giving up two homers in the second inning and putting the Sox in an early 3-0 hole. Not like the Yankees were hung over or anything. They are still fighting with Oakland for home field advantage in the ALCS after all and still have to knock 3 off that magic number to make it happen. Mike Mussina was also looking for career win number 200 and for the first five innings it looked like he was going to get it. The Sox managed 2 measly hits over that period of time and though Loaiza didn't give up anymore runs, it was looking as if his bid to become the second winningest single season Mexican MLB pitcher in history would fall victim to another Corpseball outing by the Sox hitters. Then came the bottom of the sixth inning. Carlos Lee led off with a solid single to left and Frank Thomas, playing in possibly his last home game as a member of the Sox, followed with a shot to the right-centerfield gap that scored Carlos easily and left Frank standing at second. Magglio Ordonez popped up to right, but three Yankees surrounded the baseball while allowing it to fall harmlessly between them. Carl Everett followed with a double and after Brian Daubach struck out, Jose Valentin smoked a line-drive into the right field bleachers and the Sox were on their way. No one was warming up in the Yankee pen and so the Sox continued to knock "Moose" around. Maybe they were upset by the hard tag Moose laid on Willie Harris earlier in the game, or maybe they finally just woke up. Whatever the reason, the Sox ended up sending thirteen men to the plate that inning, garnering nine hits and eight runs for their trouble. Manuel quickly pulled Loaiza and went to the pen to start the seventh. The pen gave back a run in the top half of that inning, but Daubach hit a solo-shot leading off the bottom half and that is the way the game ended, 9-4.

All that was left was for the Sox faithful to decide if the rain was worth sitting through to see Big Frank one final time. A bunch of us made it, but Manuel tinkered us out of our chance to say, "Thanks for the memories, Frank. Hope you are back next year, " by sending future HOF player and White Sox legend Armando Rios in to pinch hit for the big man. No one can know what lurks in the heart and head of Jerry, but even by his standards this was extra petty and arbitrary. Nothing new to those of us who have watched him yank Frank's chain for the last several years. One can only hope the Sox send a strong message that Jerry is a BIG part of the problem and Frank is not by canning the first and bringing back the latter. Time will tell...

The Sox still have one more series to go. They play the Royals in Kansas City for the final four games of the season. Will the Sox finish second? Will the Royals send a message about next year? Does anyone still care? Tune in tomorrow when Jon Garland is scheduled to start. The 4-man rotation continues and one has to wonder why. Rumors abound that Jerry won't make it back to Chicago with his job title intact as Ken Williams will travel with the team. Go ahead, KW. Fire Jerry Manuel...

Tinkerer Update:
 Harris leading off has a good game. Daubach gets to play for Paulie and hits a homer. Frank gets tinkered out of his final at bat. Man, I can't WAIT to change this feature...

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