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September Swooning

September 6th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Undersized Harvest
After weeding the field the remaining crops still look weak.

Short Take:Another Saturday, another loss. The Indians, behind the pitching of Corey Kluber, beat the Sox 3-1.

Everyone who follows baseball is familiar with the late Bart Giamatti's prose poem The Green Fields of the Mind:

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.

I'd say we understand this. The White Sox season began in the spring and blossomed briefly in the summer (remember "our kids just won't quit"?). And as the chill rains come we find ourselves facing the fall alone while Chicago opens its wishful heart to the Bears.

Forgive this essay's lugubrious tone, but the Sox lost again tonight. This time to the Cleveland Indians by a score of 3-1. I'd like to blame the bullpen one more time, and I should, but instead I'd prefer to give credit to Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, who was very, very good.

Some details: the Sox got their lone run in the third as Jordan Danks scored from second when Adam Eaton's ground ball went off the glove of firstbaseman Jesus Aguilar. That was it. The Sox scattered four other hits, but couldn't bring anybody home. Kluber was a-dealin' tonight, pitching a complete game and not breaking a sweat.

Jose Quintana just can't catch a break. He went six innings, giving up one run on seven hits. He also got seven strikeouts, but that doesn't matter much if your team only scores one run. Zach Putnam gave up the other two Indians runs in his one inning of relief, which was all the Wahoos needed.

Our favorites aren't likely to lose 99 games like last year, though they seem to be aiming for it. We don't have De Aza, Dunn, or Beckham to kick around anymore, so we can only face the fall alone.

The leaves will be turning soon. Next year's SoxFest tickets are available. Paul Konerko's got a broken hand just in time for his September farewell tour. Yes, Bart was right: as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves us to face the fall alone.

However, this is baseball, and baseball has always been the place to deal in hope. Let's conclude by returning to Bart Giamatti as he ended his piece on a realistic but more hopeful note:

And there are others who were born with the wisdom to know that nothing lasts. These are the truly tough among us, the ones who can live without illusion, or without even the hope of illusion. I am not that grown-up or up-to-date. I am a simpler creature, tied to more primitive patterns and cycles. I need to think something lasts forever, and it might as well be that state of being that is a game; it might as well be that, in a green field, in the sun.

That's us, all right.

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Totally Biased Game Recaps

September 29... The Last (And Lost) Weekend

September 24... Covey Captivates, but Kluber Cruises

September 22... At Least They Won't Clinch Here

September 18...Klubered, but Not Clobbered

September 16... Baltimore Blanked

September 10... Thrown Away

September 8... Anaheim Annihilation

September 3... Power Special

September 1... 18 Strikeouts Later, the White Sox Lose

August 30...Leaky Bullpen Bombed by Boston

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