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Hold That Tiger

June 3rd vs. the Detroit Tigers

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Music Box
Just like Stan and Ollie, the White Sox win a few games only to watch their efforts tumble down the stairs in noisy defeat.

Short Take: After losing 15-5 the night before, our heroes splatter another one, 10-1, against Detroit.

Patience, patience.

Repeat after me: This is a rebuilding year...this is a rebuilding year...this is a rebuilding year. Being outscored 25-6 in two games is like the mess made at the construction site when the excavation debris is piled alongside the ugly hole in the ground.

The Sox lost to the Tigers 10-1 today in a game no one would call a contest. Miguel Gonzalez went six innings for Bridgeport and gave up six runs on ten hits, three of which were home runs. It was clear by the fourth inning that this game was not going to be one we'd care to remember.

Oh, I could recite details of the scoring and the pitching line, but those are dry numbers you can find in the box score. Since this is the Totally Biased Game Recap, join me in seeing this as part of the climb up Mount Hahn. Sometimes you lose your footing as you put your boot on an outcropping and find yourself sliding back. But you pause, take a breath, and reconsider your next step, knowing that the unstable shelf is there, and you take your next step more carefully in the awareness that this step isn't going to work.

Think of Rick Renteria as your sherpa, leading you on the climb. The summit is the place where the flag flies, where the light is brighter and the beverages are colder. Your sherpa is tireless, pushing forward as your footing slips and the clouds form ominously around the peak. "To struggle and to understand - never this last without the other; such is the law," said George Mallory, regarding the climb of Mt. Everest. Rick Renteria might say the same thing -- that is, after he answered why he left Gonzalez in the game when it was clear he was throwing batting practice.

I fall back on aphorisms and cliches at times like these. "It's a long season, you know." "There's another game tomorrow, and we have to play them one game at a time." And let me coin another cliche: "Todd Frazier just hasn't hit his stride." Or how's this: "Six pitchers on the DL? Just wait 'til they get healthy!" Or maybe this: "Leury Garcia is learning his position every day!"

Baseball is larded with folk wisdom. It was none other than Hall of Fame manager John McGraw who said, "There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience."

So patience it is. Grab your harness, your walking stick, and your grappling hooks and let's keep climbing until Moncada and Robert get out of base camp.

I see Laurel and Hardy in Leury and Frazier: one can't field and the other can't hit.

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