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Great Day, Despite the Loss

August 29 vs. New York Yankees

Juan Pierre
Mark Teahen

Pierre's only hit of the afternoon drove in the Sox lone run, while Teahen failed in the clutch in the sixth inning.

Short Take:   Gavin Floyd had a nice afternoon, going 6 2/3 innings, but his offense failed him -- and the team -- yet again.

For a late August afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, it was a hot one out at the ballpark, with the game time temperature of 91°. But it wasn't the temperature, the opponent, or even the division race that was the focus on this day. The reason Sox fans lined up at the gates two hours before they even opened this morning was for someone who wasn't even going to put on a uniform; Frank Thomas. Today was a special day in White Sox history. A man who has topped numerous offensive categories and won countless awards as a member of the White Sox is who nearly 40,000 people filed through the turnstiles to see. But first, a quick recap of the play on the field, which resulted in a 2-1 Sox loss.

Gavin Floyd (9-11), for the most part, was on his game, having only two innings where he was scored upon. Marcus Thames took him deep in the second to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and an inning later, it was the tandem of Frank Cervelli and Brett Gardner who tagged Floyd for a run. With New York holding a 2-0 lead, the Sox went quietly until the fifth when they scored their only run of the afternoon. With two out, Gordon Beckham doubled, and he quickly came home on Juan Pierre's base hit. The Sox had both Kerry Wood and Joba Chamberlain, who'd teamed up to relieve Ivan Nova (1-0), on the ropes in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two out, Mark Teahen failed in the clutch when he grounded out weakly to end the inning. The result of another putrid effort by the offense was a 2-1 defeat.

Believe it or not, though, the outcome of today's game wasn't the focus. Frank Edward Thomas, who wore #35 in a White Sox uniform from 1990-2005, was the Man of the Hour this afternoon, having his number retired and being honored by many distinguished guests, including former teammates Bobby Thigpen, Donn Paul, Ron Karkovice, Carlton Fisk, Jermaine Dye, and Dan Pasqua to name just a few. Former Sox hitting coach, Walt Hriniak, a favorite of Thomas', also showed up for the festivities, as did his high school baseball coach. The 28 minute ceremony was emceed by The Hawk, Ken Harrelson, who was the perfect man for the job. The announcer who gave "The Big Hurt" his nickname deserved to be at the microphone leading the pomp and circumstance. Fans, young and old, stood the entire time to honor a man who accomplished more in Sox uniform than many of us may ever see again in our lifetime.

As Billy Pierce and Carlton Fisk unveiled the black bunting on the left center field wall, the crowd erupted into a thunderous ovation and the man who Sox fans know as being so strong stood there in his black suit and cried. The pride he felt this afternoon radiated from every inch of him, and it showed with how he conducted himself. For all the heat about his personality that Frank Thomas took throughout his career, in my opinion, didn't matter today, as he stood in front of nearly 40,000 and wept. From the moment he began his speech, he paused frequently to wipe the tears from his cheeks, as he was visibly moved by the outpouring of love from the fans and so many current and former Sox dignitaries. Frank's speech was extrodinary. He thanked the numerous people throughout his life who supported and encouraged him during the tenure of his career. His words were genuine, spoken from the heart, and that of a man who will forever remember the afternoon of August 29, 2010 -- a day dedicated to him and only him.

In closing, I must admit something. Frank Thomas wasn't my favorite player growing up; Robin Ventura was. But, with that said, I couldn't have seen myself anywhere else this afternoon, except the place where Frank Thomas hit hundreds of homeruns... all done the right way. As his now retired number was unveiled and the fireworks exploded from the scoreboard as they had so many times because of him, I stood there and cried as I videoed this unforgettable moment in White Sox history. No, he wasn't my favorite, but Frank Thomas was a cornerstone of the team I first identified with when I became a Sox fan. And it's for that reason that I am as proud today as I have ever been to be a Chicago White Sox fan.

The Sox now head out on a lengthy road trip that will take them to Cleveland, Boston, and Detroit. Tomorrow night, Mark Buehrle (12-10, 3.93 ERA) will take the mound at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and he'll oppose Cleveland's Mitch Talbot (8-11, 4.44 ERA). The first pitch will be at 6:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on WGN.

TBGR Diary:
 Sox fans everywhere are thanking the awful Mariners right now, as they won the series finale agianst the Twins, keeping the Sox 4 1/2 games out of first in the A.L. Central. In addition, Frank Thomas gave Sox fans something to be happy about this afternoon, despite the outcome of the ballgame.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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