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Sox Win, Losers Lose 

(June 9, 2000)

Woo Hoo, Sox Fans --- We had this one all the way!   Sammy Sosa was of average build with the Sox in the 90's, and his new and suspiciously large muscles have made every part of his game much worse -- save one, his hitting power.  He looked like a fool in that part of his game too, striking out five times(!) yet still managed to send the game into extra innings with a two-run homer in the ninth inning.  What's that old saying about even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes?  As with most Sammy Sosa "heroics" it was a meaningless gesture, since our Sox still managed to smash the tiny hopes Cubs fans had to steal the first game of this series with their staff "ace" on the mound.  No way, Flubbies; you lose 6-5 in fourteen innings.

Frank Thomas was his usual awesome self, leading off the big Sox fourth inning with a single, scoring on Magglio Ordonez's triple, the Sox scoring three runs in the frame.  Frank conked a massive 420 foot solo homer for another Sox run in the fifth.  He finished the evening 3 for 6.  

Here's some friendly advice for Cubs manager Don Baylor -- Frank Thomas is a lot less dangerous standing on first base with an intentional "unintentional walk" than pitching good stuff to him standing at home plate.  You walk Frank a couple of times in this game, you might have won.  Who really cares about Sammy Sosa's ego; he hates your guts anyway and he did you no favors striking out five times Friday night.  Let him pout that Frank got a walk while  he didn't.   Thomas is head and shoulders a better hitter than the self-centered egomaniac.  

Yes, your W.S.I. reporter was sitting in right field with other Sox fans, and Sosa was getting crucified all evening long; no pun intended.  It was a beautiful thing.

This game should have been wrapped up by the fifth inning, but too many walks led to too many Cubs scoring opportunities.  Kip Wells walked five Flubbies in four innings work.   Their only run scored on Wells was unearned, a gift on Mark Johnson's throwing error in the fifth inning.  Lots of hand wringing about Jose Valentin's eighth inning error, but that amounted to absolutely nothing.  He took Cubs "ace" Jon Lieber downtown in the seventh inning, Don Baylor too scared to pull his tiring starter because of the pathetic bullpen Ed Lynch and Andy McPhail gave him.

After the blind squirrel found his nut, the game remained a stalemate until the fourteenth inning.  Herbert Perry started things with a single, who then stole second base.  With first base open and less than two out, pinch hitter Jeff Abbott got nothing in the strike zone and walked to first base.  That left the game winning hit heroics to Ray Durham, stroking a 2-1 pitch towards the left field corner, sending the larger share of the 44,140 in attendance home happy for being Sox fans, and resigned to fate as Lovable Losers.  They're so cute when they lose!

Let's win tomorrow's game in less than the 4 hours, 42 minutes it took to win this one, please.  I can't handle much more excitement. 


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