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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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July 1,1974

Posted 12-30-2017 at 10:35 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-22-2019 at 11:22 AM by TommyJohn

July 1,1974
vs. Kansas City Royals
at White Sox Park

You would think that, between Opening Day and Seat Cushion Night, all the yahoos making White Sox Park their new home would've gotten all the stupidity out of their system. And you would be wrong.

The game itself was on national television on Monday night, and the Sox responded with one of their worst performances of the season. About 20 or so blockheads did the team no favors with their performance in the stands.

The offensive stars of the game are Freddie Patek and Cookie Rojas of the Royals. Rojas gets things started in the 2nd with a two run single. Patek, all 5 feet 4 inches of him, muscled out a home run to lead off the 5th. Rojas then singled to chase starter Stan Bahnsen. He came around to score on a home run by Hal McRae off reliever Ken Tatum.

Rojas continued to feast on Sox pitching when he homered in the 6th following a walk to Patek. Eventually the Royals had a 9-0 lead.

The Sox mounted a threat against Royal starter Bruce del Canton only once. In the 3rd, down only 2-0, Bucky Dent slapped a leadoff single. One out later Jorge Orta moved him to 3rd with a single. However, a terrific throw from Vada Pinson to Patek to Rojas got Orta hung up between 1st and 2nd. While Orta was trapped in the rundown Dent broke for the plate, where he was an easy target for catcher Fran Healy.

The game was in the later innings with the Royals winning handily when the fun in the stands started. A few thick-necked, barrel-chested goofs had their fill of Falstaff and began throwing curses and fists at each other. The fight then spilled over and included about 20 people before park security arrived and hauled all the miscreants away before the game was over.

The embarrassment in the stands was brought under control, however the embarrassment on the field still had to play out. It ended soon enough, with the Sox on the losing end of a 9-0 final.

The loss dropped the Sox to 36-37, once again below .500. Although they were only a few games out of 1st, they were at best playing inconsistent baseball, not looking anything like the pennant contenders of 1972 and early 1973.

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