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WSI News - Season Features

Five Sox Games to Remember, and Five to Forget.

by George Bova 

For most Sox Fans, 2001 will be remembered most for the unfulfilled expectations following the previous season's division championship.  The Sox made moves to fill obvious holes, acquired an ace to anchor the pitching staff, and figured to once again ride the coattails of a rejuvenated Frank Thomas to yet another division crown--and perhaps a lot more.  The Sox Marketing Department left no doubt what the organization thought of the team's chances.  "It's Time."

Here are ten memorable (and forgettable) game recaps of the 2001 season with the totally biased slant only White Sox Interactive provides.  Enjoy!

Five Wins to Savor.

May 25.  Thrilling Ninth Inning Comeback at Detroit. 

After a disastrous 14-29 Sox had gotten a fine victory by Kip Wells in Toronto to pull out of a six-week tailspin, but here is the victory that catapulted them back into the divisional hunt.  A six-run ninth inning comeback at Comerica Park!

June 8.  Slamming the Cubs at Comiskey.

The Cubs get an early lead taking advantage of David Wells' bad back, but behind the pitching of Sean Lowe the Sox come all the way back.  A ten inning grand slam by Carlos Lee leaves Flubbie fans talking to themselves! 

July 13.  Blowing Kisses at Wrigley.

Jose Valentin connects with Sox Fans like no player before, clouting a winning homerun at Wrigley, then doing a hotdog routine that makes tiny tots cry, Chip Caray whine, and Don Baylor fume.  Turnabout is fair game, losers!

August 22.  Eight-run Sixth keys Comeback in K.C.

In a rare showing of offense, the Sox eliminate a five-run deficit keyed by an eight-run sixth inning, then hold on to beat the Royals 13-12.

August 31.  Cleveland Rocked, Sox drop da Bomb!

The Sox play long ball with Cleveland and keep their championship hopes alive.  The key blow?  A three-run dinger by Royce Clayton, of course!

Though the Sox finished the season four games over .500, it's the heartbreaking losses that doubtlessly will be remembered by most of us.  Here are five losses Sox Fans fear in their nightmares.

Five Nightmarish Losses.

April 6.  Opening Day Choke at Comiskey.

The championship flag is hoisted, the 100th season is celebrated, and then the Sox collapse late in the game to lose 10-9 in ten innings to lowly Detroit.  Foreshadowing the future?

May 15.  Out at Third (twice) in Seattle.

In a season filled with boneheaded plays, here was the absolute worst.  The Sox had won six of their previous eight games.  After Josh Paul gets tossed out at third base twice, the Sox go on to lose eight straight games.  This is the stretch that ruined the '01 season.

June 26.  Foulke Melts in the Twinkie Dome.

The Sox had battle all the way back to .500 with a victory the previous game.  Now they were poised to go over the top and cut into division-leading Minnesota's lead.  After the three-run lead disappears in the ninth, the Sox waste the next two months trying to get over .500 again.  A sense of doom envelopes Sox Fans--for good reason.

July 1.  Mayday!  Mayday!  Twinks torpedo Sox.

If the June 26 loss stopped the Sox hot streak dead in its tracks, here is the loss that spelled the beginning of the championship descent.  A hard-fought 5-4 lead is eliminated with clouts by Corey Koskie and Jacque Jones.  Our championship season begins taking on water in earnest.

September 8, and

September 9.  Back-to-back Collapses in Cleveland.

Two consecutive losses that were eerily similar.  Keith Foulke is victimized two-times over as the last bit of hope drains from the season for Sox Fans.  

Wait till next year, eh Sox Fans?


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

 

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