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Playing For Pride...

Spetember 28 At Kansas City

Today's temperature:
"Good Bye, Jerry..."

Short Take: Esteban Loaiza dominates the Royals to win his 21st and takeover the AL strikeout lead.

Well, it's all over now. A season that started with such high expectations and saw the Sox actively pursue big-time players midway through, ends not with a band and a parade but a quest for individual stats and a lot of questions for next year. Sox fans are left wondering what could have been if the team had just played with a little more fire, a little less tinkering and a little more team first thinking. Instead they get to watch Esteban Loaiza take the mound in a quest to tie the single season wins record for a pitcher of Mexican descent. At least that much happened, and there was actually a bonus as E_Lo ended up striking out enough Royals to take over the AL lead. So, congratulations, Esteban on an amazing season. Here's hoping you continue your newfound success in 2004 and it actually translates to post-season success.

Jerry Manuel didn't waste his final opportunity to tinker today. He sent out a "rightie wrecking crew" that included Willie Harris leading off and Aaron Miles batting third. He gave Big Frank, Paul Konerko and Robbie Alomar this final Sunday off and to some extent it actually worked. Harris continued his solid final series of the season by collecting a hit and a run scored. Miles doubled in a run and subsequently scored also. Heck, even Brian Daubach got in on the action with two hits and two runs driven in. In the end it came down to the biggest surprise of the season Mr. Loaiza. If this guy doesn't win the "Most Improved Player Award" then they should just quit awarding it. They do have one in MLB, right? If not, then they should create one and name it the Esteban Loaiza Coming Out of Nowhere Award (ELCONA). He may not win the Cy Young because the team finished so poorly after such high expectations, but he certainly deserves consideration. This season would have been a complete disaster if E_Lo doesn't go 21-9, 2.90, 207 K while eating 226.1 innings. He is the team MVP if nothing else and the single reason the Sox weren't even further back at the All-Star break. Too bad he won't get a chance to show his stuff in the post-season, but at least he will be back to try it again next year.

Woulda' Coulda' Shoulda' and wait 'til next year too. How sad is that. In the end the 2003 White Sox will be remembered for their inability to get over the top against the Twinkies and the way they seemed to go into prolonged funks as a team. The Big Hurt proved he is still dangerous. Konehead proved he is a waste of a big contract. Carlos Lee proved he should be retained and Magglio Ordonez was his usual consistently excellent self. The starting pitching was good enough to win but the bullpen was shaky for the first half of the season. Jerry tinkered away the first 100 games and the second half schedule discrepancies wrecked the post-season dreams. Give the Twinkies credit, when given the opportunity they went for the throat while the Sox just choked. A team built for the post-season instead will be left wondering who will be the manager and who will be back. There's a press conference scheduled for Monday and KW will take the podium to presumably end Jerry's reign of tinker. It should have come earlier in the season, but at least it won't be an issue next year. Good-bye, Jerry. Hope your future is is more promising than the six years you spent on the southside...

Tinkerer Update:
 Aaron Miles bats third. Daubach plays for Konerko. Harris leads off again. Now they just have to figure out who is subbing for Jerry in 2004.

submitted by The Warden.

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6.2 innings of no-no ball and took over the AL lead in strikeouts to boot.

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