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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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August 5,1977

Posted 05-14-2018 at 09:29 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 05-15-2018 at 07:22 AM by TommyJohn

August 5,1977
vs. Kansas City Royals
at Royals Stadium

The White Sox held a team meeting after the routing the Royals and agreed to tone their act down.

"I think we're learning our lesson" Bart Johnson explained. "Being in first place is reason enough to get the other team angry, you don't have to give them other reasons." He also said that it was OK to acknowledge your fans, but not to the point of getting the other team mad. "We've done that, I'm afraid."

The Sox met the Rangers for their first series of August. They promptly dropped the first three games by scores of 11-6, 9-8 and 12-10. They salvaged the last game of the four game set by a score of 5-4. They maintained their hold on 1st place by 3 1/2 games going into Kansas City for a three game match with the Royals.

Meanwhile, the city of Kansas City was mad. Hopping mad. Really, REALLY mad. How DARE those lowlife Chicago scum root for their team! How DARE they show happiness when their lowlife team wins games! How DARE they tip their hats!- screamed the Guardians of all that is Pure and Holy, the sportswriters-in Kansas City. Come on out to the ballpark, Kansas City...ziens! they cried. Let's show them what we are capable of! Let's get out there and call them out for cheers and have them tip their caps! Let's stick it to 'em! It was the most excitement Kansas City had had in...well...ever.

The Royals wasted no time. In the bottom of the 2nd Amos Otis took starter Chris Knapp deep for a two run homer. Otis stood and admired his drive, then, upon completing his home run trot, answered the crowd's cheers by coming out of the dugout and tipping his hat. The scene must've rattled Knapp, because he gave up another home run to the very next batter, John Mayberry. Fat John, who you may remember was the guy obsessed with how sweet the Sox looked in shorts,also came out and tipped his hat. The Royals added two more to make it 5-0. Knapp gave way to Bart Johnson.

Ralph Garr got the Sox on the board in the 2nd, but the Royals poured on more in the 3rd, led by Mayberry's 2nd home run. John once again came out of the dugout for a curtain call, giving a dainty wave of his cap. The inning ended with KC up 8-1.

Things got hairy in the 4th when the Sox put runners on base. Jack Brohamer rapped a single with two on and two out. Jim Spencer, the runner on 2nd, came charging around 3rd in an attempt to score. The throw was on time and catcher Darrell Porter stood right on top of the plate with the ball. Spencer had no choice but to try and go through him, so he plowed into the KC catcher in hopes of jarring the ball loose. Porter held on and Spencer was out to end the top of the inning.

Porter wasn't happy, to say the least. In the bottom of the 4th he grounded to 2nd. Johnson was covering 1st base on the play. Porter ran into 1st and shoved Johnson to the ground. Bart got up ready to fight. Words were exchanged and benches emptied, but nothing happened.

It wasn't over, though. At the end of the 6th Johnson was walking off the mound when he saw Porter coming to his position, glaring at him. Johnson, becoming the Notorious B.A.R.T of old, went over to Porter and said something, either "do you want it now?" or "we can do this now or later." Porter pulled off his mask, punches were thrown, benches once again emptied and the umpires excused Johnson and Porter for the rest of the game.

Good thing, in Bart's case. The Royals poured on four more runs, two more on a home run by George Brett, who went out and did a reluctant curtain call, later saying that he dreaded hitting a home run, because he knew he would have to tip his hat.

The Royals bloodied up the Sox, 12-2. After the game a calmer Hal McRae said "we made our point" before delivering a monologue about the Sox, home runs, curtain calls, enthusiastic fans, and on and on. He concluded by being philosophical. "But if they're hated, the Sox should feel honored. They never hate you unless you're winning....lose 100, you got friends. Win 100, you got enemies. That's life."

The Royals proceeded to sweep the Sox out of KC, winning the 3rd and final game of the series in the bottom of the 9th on a game-winning hit by John Wathan off rookie left-handed reliever Randy Wiles, who was making his big league debut. It would not be the last time Wiles would be in that situation, alas.

The Sox would limp home to Comiskey Park clinging to 1st place by a razor thin 1/2 game margin.

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