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In the wake of Seven Glorious Days, a new tradition is born:  a standing ovation before the team takes the field.

Big Crowd, Big Win!

(June 19, 2000)

White Sox fans showed their appreciation for a young scrappy team that returned home from two consecutive road sweeps over Cleveland and New York -- a standing ovation before the team even took the field.  The opponent were the Indians, looking to make up ground they lost the past week to our Hot Sox.  43,062 Sox fans witnessed the Pale Hose turn them back losers again, 6-1.  The Sox have won eight straight, their Central Division lead is extended to 8.5 games, and they own the best record in baseball, 45-24.  The excitement is back on the South Side!

Rookie Kip Wells took the ball and pitched perhaps his most convincing game of the season.  Speculation over the imminent call up of AAA Jon Garland should be alleviated by this impressive outing.  Wells went 6-2/3rd scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, striking out six and walking just one.  He outdueled Cleveland's Bartolo Colon matching scoreless innings through the fifth inning when the Sox hitters finally broke through and gave Kip a lead to work with.  Wells' record improves to 4-5.

The fifth inning break out came on a leadoff homer by Herbert Perry to start the fifth inning.  The Sox went on to score two more runs, first on an rbi double by Frank Thomas, followed by an rbi single by Magglio Ordonez.  Perry singled in another Sox run in the seventh.  Mark Johnson added the final Sox tallies with a two-out double driving in two runs in the eighth inning.

Bob Howry allowed one inconsequential run in the eighth inning, still good enough for his seventh hold; Kelly Wunsch closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth.  Nancy played In La Gadda da Vida on the organ.  The fans serenaded the departing Bartolo Colon with Na Na Na, Hey Hey, Good bye.  A spontaneous chant rose in the crowd, "Cleveland sucks!"  

A few silly fans tossed a beach ball and a pile of bandwagon-jumping Cubs fans conducted the wave.  Who but a Cubs fan would totally ignore the opposition's rally that was taking place on the field while they waited their turn to stand and shout?  At least nobody threw a homerun ball back.  On a positive note, Jesse Jackson was there, sitting in the front row behind the Sox dugout, wearing a black Sox floppy hat, standing and applauding the team, arriving before the first pitch and staying for the last out.  You did Sox fans proud, Jesse.

Same two teams Tuesday evening at Comiskey.  No waves -- and no throwing back homerun balls!


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