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October Baseball, White Sox Style

October 1st vs. the Minnesota Twins

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The last weekend -- that's all, folks!

Short Take: Behind the marginal pitching of James Shields, the Sox could find only four hits as they were shutout by the Twins 6-0 on the chilly South Side.

The Sox were shutout 6-0 by the Twins. James Shields was pitching. That pretty much wraps it up, except that this is the last Saturday game of 2016 and there's more to be said.

All of us who've followed the Sox this year know about the great experiment that was James Shields. Big-Game James, they called him. Near the end of his career the White Sox braintrust committed a bunch of money and a spot in the rotation in the hope that he had something left. If he does, it's not much. He ends this year in Chicago with a 4-12 record and a special place in Sox fans' gall bladders.

As for the Sox offense, we hoped they had something left against the team holding MLB's worst record, but if they did, it also wasn't much. They could muster only four hits and never mounted what you'd call a threat.

Since there's little else to say about this game, let's talk about this lost season on this last weekend and fall back on the writings of more gifted scribes.

The year started with such promise: a 23-10 record the first hot weeks, strong pitching, good defense, smart hitting.

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” -- William Shakespeare

But time went on and the flame flickered down to a few glowing embers. Freak injuries, bonehead baserunning, hitting slumps, bullpen meltdowns. The Sox fell to fourth place and couldn't get up.

“Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It’s a sad season of life without growth…It has no day.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Mired in mediocrity" is how Rick Hahn described it late in the season. "Mired" is the right word, because the Sox played as if their ankles were in thick mud. There didn't seem to be a direction or a strategy except to hope the players figured it out.

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there. -- Yogi Berra

Tomorrow, October 2nd, is the last game of the season. I'll be there among friends to close down the ballpark and look forward to what has to be a busy offseason. While the North Side ivy-trimmers take their pajama party to the playoffs, we'll be staring blankly into our beer glasses speculating on the next trade.

Goodbye, 2016 -- don't let the turnstile hit you on the butt on the way out. Bart Giamatti gets the last word, because his timeless words tell our story so well.

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. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone.

Of course, there are those who learn after the first few times. They grow out of sports. 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. -- Bart Giamatti, "The Green Fields of the Mind"

That's all folks:
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