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A Fond Farewell

October 3 vs. Cleveland Indians

Juan Pierre
Brent Lillibridge

Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a homerun, double and three RBIs, while Lillibridge drew the golden sombrero, failing to make contact in any of his at-bats.

Short Take:   Edwin Jackson failed to make it through the sixth inning, but held the Indians to three runs, in this final game of the 2010 season.

It seemed like just yesterday that Sox fans waited in anticipation for Opening Day nearly six months ago. After countless streaks - both good and bad - throughout this season, all of the fun, excitement, and frustration that was the 2010 White Sox came down to just one afternoon. It was a bittersweet day at U.S. Cellular Field, witnessed mostly by the diehard fans who braved temperatures in the low 50s and stiff winds off the lake to say goodbye to the season, Nancy Faust, and possibly World Series Champions A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko. Before the emotion of saying goodbye, there was a game to be played and the outcome was positive, with the Sox taking their final game 6-5 against the Indians.

The Sox came out swinging right away in this contest, putting two on the board immediately, thanks to a base hit by Juan Pierre and a two-run shot by Alexei Ramirez. They followed that up with three more runs in the third off of Cleveland starter, Justin Germano (0-3). Juan Pierre's two-run single plated Brent Morel and Alejandro De Aza, and Alexei Ramirez followed with an RBI double, giving the Sox a comfortable 5-1 lead after just two innings.

Edwin Jackson's (4-2) strong first inning was the only one he didn't labor through, as he threw 108 pitches through 5 2/3 innings. Jackson gave up solo runs in the second, fifth, and sixth innings, but those runs weren't harmful. The Sox clung to a 5-3 lead until the eighth when they added an insurance run that proved necessary. Once again, it was Juan Pierre with an RBI single, giving the Sox a 6-3 lead. Chris Sale worked two innings in relief and, after four consecutive strikeouts, allowed a two-run homerun to Drew Sutton, cutting the Sox lead to one. After that mild scare in the ninth, Sale retired Michael Brantley to end the game, earning his fourth save of the season.

After the game, the Sox fans hung around to say goodbye to their team and potentially to two fan favorites in A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko, both of whom were removed from the game in the middle of innings, so the fans could give them the standing ovations they deserved. Once the team came out to the infield from the dugout and shook hands, Mark Buehrle grabbed the microphone and thanked the fans for their constant support through the good times and bad this season, then handed the mic to A.J. His words were genuine, thanking the fans for six years of loving him and declaring his desire to return in 2011. Then, it was Paulie's turn. As Konerko took the microphone and prepared to address the diehards, it was tough to watch. His words were heartfelt, thanking the fans for allowing him to "hang out in our city for a few years," and expressing his love for us. Knowing today could've been the last time we see Konerko in White Sox pinstripes broke my heart and made me cry. In this day and age of baseball, it's rare for a ball player to stay with one organization for many years. Paulie just finished his 11th season in a Sox uniform and has been a great player, teammate, and quiet leader for over a decade. It's my hope that Jerry Reinsdorf and Kenny Williams make it happen here in Chicago for Paulie; he deserves it.

After a montage paid tribute to this roller coaster season, it was time to say goodbye to the ballpark and our 88-74 White Sox for six months. The off-season will be extremely interesting to say the least, with several issues needing attention. We'll next see the Sox in Glendale, Arizona around mid-February when pitchers and catchers report. It was a fun season, filled with emotional highs and lows, and we can now look forward to the new beginning that awaits us in 2011.

TBGR Diary:
 After the streakiest season in recent memory and six months of ups and downs, the 2010 campaign is now complete. Sleep well, sweet White Sox, and we'll see you in February when you report to Glendale.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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