What I remember most about Neal Cotts' time with the Sox is the game that he shouldn't have been pitching in. I am, of course, referring to the infamous Thursday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium (August 28, 2003
) that should have been started by Mark Buehrle, but Jerry "The Tinkerer" Manuel elected to start Cotts because he thought that the game was "a bigger deal for Buehrle than it was for (the White Sox)."
Manuel was harshly criticized for his decision throughout baseball, leading his comment that anyone who disagreed with him didn't understand baseball. He was fired a month later (too late, in the opinion of most people).