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A Celebration of Sox Royalty And A Demonstration of Royal Sock

July 18 vs. the Kansas City Royals

Sox Project Update:
Strong Walls But Weak Ceilings
The crew built and reinforced strong walls today but allowed the ceiling to fall.

Short Take:The Sox and Royals chased each other back and forth for 13 innings, only to see to Royals win 7-6 on 2005 Championship Celebration Day.

Ten years have passed since we found ourselves floating in a sea of celebration. The 2005 White Sox were not just World Series champions, they were part of us, a collection of talents and personalities that both inspired and entertained.. The Sox made it to the postseason again in 2008 but couldn't close the deal past the first round. The scattered years in between were mostly exasperating letdowns. The dynasty we hoped for was not to be.

Ah, but yearning and nostalgia run deep, and the passing of ten years is a memory milestone. The Sox celebrated that ten-year championship anniversary today with an affectionate pregame ceremony. Many of the players from that beloved 2005 squad were there, along with manager Ozzie Guillen. The Sox gave out replica World Series rings to the first 20,000 adults in attendance. It was a good to see those players again as good will washed over them from the 33,559 spread througout the park. I was fortunate enough to be there to see the ceremony and receive my own bit of bling. It was good to be alive.

And I was glad to still be alive four hours and 56 minutes later after watching the Sox lose 7-6 in 13 innings to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are a good team -- that's a fact. The White Sox are not a good team, and that's also a fact. But the Sox held the Royals close in a seesaw affair that survived brutal heat for the first four innings, intermittent rainfall for the next four, and went through 14 pitchers before it was done.

Jose Quintana, Mr. Hard Luck himself, started for the Sox. Quintana's M.O. is to pitch tight games that hold the opponents down while the Sox don't score any runs. But today the script was rewritten: Quintana gave up a hard single on the very first pitch and didn't record the first out until four hits and two runs were recorded. Down 3-0 in the first inning against last year's American League champs, we assumed another loss was a foregone conclusion.

But the Sox chipped away with single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth to tie it, 3-3. Kansas City took the lead with one run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Alex Rios and Paulo Orlando. In the bottom of the seventh, Alexei Ramirez, he of the .226 average, hit a solo homer to right to tie it again, 4-4. Could these guys who keep coming back have been the White Sox? They sure weren't familiar to me.

However, in the top of the eighth the Royals did what good teams do, scoring two runs by taking advantage of walks and by making well-placed hits to make it 6-4. A lot of head-shaking went through the rain-soaked crowd because we knew that if the 2015 Sox are down by more than a run late in a game they're not likely to respond in kind.

Remarkably, they did. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs (cue the dramatic music), Adam LaRoche singled. With Gordon Beckham pinch-running, Ramirez walked. J.B. Shuck, who was playing right field for the resting Avi Garcia, came to bat and hit a screaming liner off the left-field wall to score Beckham and Ramirez and tie the game again. Avi Garcia then pinch-hit for Tyler Flowers but grounded to second to end the inning.

Off we trudged to extra innings. Both teams went down quietly until the 13th, when Lorenzo Cain led off with a no-doubt-about-it solo shot to left off Dan Jennings. The crowd exhaled wearily as the score read 7-6.

There was hope in the bottom of the 13th when Adam Eaton led off with a single. Tyler Saladino struck out, and Melky Cabrera came to bat. The crowd felt the vibe with Cabrera since he'd been hitting line drives all day. He did it again this time, connecting on a fastball with a hard liner toward third that instantly brought the damp diehards in the crowd to their feet, only to watch in shocked amazement as thirdbaseman Mike Moustakas snared it and quick-threw to first to double-up Eaton and end the game.

The Sox did score six runs on 14 hits today, a remarkable feat on a day Quintana is pitching. But as always, they let chances pass them by. To wit: Adam LaRoche left five on base; Tyler Flowers left four; collectively the team left 21. And while it's true the Royals left 29 on base, they got six walks to work with in addition to their 17 hits, and they got them when they needed them.

I have to wonder what the players in attendance from the 2005 team thought about as they watched this 2015 squad. The 2005 bunch played with a verve that this year's group doesn't seem to understand -- there are too many swings at bad pitches, too few pitches taken, and almost no situational hitting. I don't know...maybe these guys should learn the words to old Journey songs. It seemed to work in 2005.

Rebuilding Recap:
Good effort on the long workday, but it needs work on the follow-through.

submitted by tebman.

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J.B. Shuck

Two big doubles today, including a ninth-inning game-extender. Too bad they couldn't close the deal.

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