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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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"Super Sox" vs. Seattle Pilots

Posted 04-18-2011 at 12:12 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 04-30-2011 at 02:28 PM by TommyJohn

"Super Sox" ground Pilots in season opener

White Sox 5, Pilots 3 (10 innings)

The Super Sox debuted today at Sick's Stadium in Seattle, Washington, conveniently located within view of lovely Mt. Rainier. A less-than-enthusiastic crowd of 14,145 showed up and cheered tepidly for their team. They didn't seem to be too hapy to have them back, as they were still bitter that the team had abandoned them after one season for Milwaukee.

One of the men in attendance was current baseball commish Bud Selig, who in his younger days had purchased the Pilots and moved them to Milwaukee. He was asked about the drama that this created. Selig responded "I don't know what you are talking about. I have never heard of the Seattle Peanuts. My team is the Milwaukee Braves. The Braves. My team is the Braves" he repeated, as if to convince himself of this fact. When pressed further, he said "I am the commissioner of MLB. You can't question me on this."


"You can't question me on that, either."

One person who did invoke emotion from the fans was Sox left fielder Albert Belle. The slugger got booed every time he went up to the plate and went out into the field. At one point, Belle put his bat down and threatened to stop playing unless all the fans were sent home and he be left by himself. Told he couldn't do that, Belle calmed down and kept on playing.

Starting lineups:

White Sox:

2B Don Buford
CF Floyd Robinson
1B Frank Thomas
LF Albert Belle
3B Robin Ventura
SS Luke Appling
RF Carlos May
C Ed Herrmann
P Gary Peters
Substitutes: PH: Pete Ward, Zeke Bonura Pitchers: Hoyt Wilhelm, Wilbur Wood


2B Tommy Harper
LF Mike Hegan
RF Steve Hovley
1B Don Mincher
CF Wayne Comer
C Gerry McNertney
3B John Donaldson
SS Ray Oyler
P John O'Donoghue
Substitutes: PH: John Kennedy, Whitaker
Pitchers: Bob Locker, Dooley Womack

Note: Because the designated hitter did not exist in the three seasons of teams that the Super Sox are playing, there will be no DHs for the season, all pitchers will bat for themselves. The rushing sound you just heard is Bob Costas peeing his pants. Also delighted are NL fans, who told "Super Sox" fans to sit in awe and watch for those pulse-pounding moments when managers pull the double switch.

The game itself was a dull affair for the first few innings. The Pilots drew first blood when they scored in the 1st frame without the benefit of a hit. Tommy Harper rapped the second pitch of the season to Don Buford, who bobbled it for an E-4. The next two hitters drew walks to bring up ex-Sox farmhand and Bill Veeck gift to the Senators/Twins, Don Mincher. The first baseman lifted a flyball to Carlos May, which allowed Harper to tag and score.

The Sox countered with two in the 5th, when Carlos May broke up John O'D's Opening Day no-hit bid with a double to the gap. Ed "Sup-Herrmann" then followed with a two run homer.

The Sox promptly gave it back, allowing two Pilot runs in the bottom of the 5th. Angry Albert Belle blasted a run-scoring double in the 6th to tie the game, and that is the way it remained through the rest of regulation, with two pitching changes and routine outs for both sides.

The Super Sox went into the 10th looking to catch a break against "The" Dooley Womack. The first two batters grounded out, but Frank Thomas smacked a single down the right field line to offer hope. Angry Albert stepped up to the plate, glared angrily at Womack, and angrily blasted the first pitch up towards the stratosphere. The cannon shot was such a foregone conclusion that left fielder Hegan never moved off a dime, merely looking up to watch the ball sail into oblivion. Angry Albert angrily trotted around the bases and angrily flipped off the booing fans.

Wilbur Wood, who had entered the game in the 9th, then set down the Pilots in their last raps and the Sox trotted off the field with a 5-3 win.

Super Sox manager Al Lopez said he was pleased with his team's effort and looks forward to guiding the team again.

The Super Sox next fly to the nation's capital, where they will take on the 1964 and 1969 Washington Senators in a two-game set before heading home for the opener at old Comiskey Park.

game details:

How they scored:

Seattle 1st: Harper safe on Buford's error. Hegan walked, Hovley walked. Mincher flied out to May [Harper scoring]. Comer grounds into double play [Buford-to-Appling-to-Thomas.] Pilots 1, White Sox 0

White Sox 5th: Ventura grounds out [Harper to Mincher]. Appling flies out to Comer. May doubles. Herrmann homers to left field. [May scored, Herrmann scored] Peters grounds out [Oyler to Mincher.] White Sox 2, Pilots 1

Pilots 5th: Harper flies out to Belle. Hegan walked. Hovley singled, Hegan to 3rd. Hovley steals 2nd base. Mincher singles [Hegan scored, Hovley scored.] Comer grounds into force out [Buford to Appling] Pilots 3, White Sox 2

White Sox 6th: Buford struck out swinging. Robinson struck out looking. Thomas walked. Belle doubled [Thomas scoring.] Appling grounded out [Donaldson to Mincher] White Sox 3, Pilots 3

White Sox 10th: Buford grounded out [Donaldson to Mincher] Robinson grounded out [Donaldson to Mincher] Thomas singled. Belle homered [Thomas scored, Belle scored]. Ventura walked. Appling flied out to Comer White Sox 5, Pilots 3

Pilots 10th (final inning): Mincher fouled out to Herrmann. Comer struck out. McNertney flied out to Robinson

White Sox...000 021 000 2-5
Pilots..........100 020 000 0-3

Pitchers: White Sox: Peters, Wilhelm, Wood Pilots: O'Donoghue, Locker, Womack

Errors: Buford, Belle, Appling, Donaldson

HBP: by Locker (Herrmann)

2B: Belle 3B: None HR: Herrmann, Belle

Winner-Wood Loser-Womack

Player of the Game-Albert Belle
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