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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Well this is going to be the one post that I swore that I was never going to do. I swore this blog was not going to be about venting rage, being pessimistic, or being a "chicken little." Well, I'm giving myself this one opportunity to get it out of my system, and that will be the end of it. I'm sure I will go back and reference this entry further down the line, just laugh at myself.

Tonight the Sox faced off against the Royals, of the worst record in the AL Royals, and their starting pitcher Brian Anderson, of the haven't won a game since April 20th Brian Andersons. The Table was set for an easy victory, but as we should know with our experiences with Detroit last season, no victory is easy. Someone should probably explain that to this team.

The game was over almost as soon as it started. Aaron Rowand led off the game with double, and Jaun Uribe moved him over to third with a shot to deep right field.

Carlos Lee then stepped to the plate with a man on third and less than 2 outs.
First pitch: Strike Looking
Second pitch: Strike Swinging -- He tried to hit a 3-run HR with only one man on with that shot.
Third pitch: Strike Swinging -- Much like the pitch before, Carlos tried to put the ball in the seats rather than just putting it in play and getting the run home.
Game Over -- The tone had been set. These guys are looking to pad their stats, not win ball games. It doesn't matter what Scott Schoeneweis would do later in the game. Hell, it doesn't matter what Paul Konerko was going to do in the next AB. At that point, where Carlos Lee is looking to win the game in the first inning, the game is over.

Scott Schoeneweis would go on to have a terrible first inning, and another bad second, where he only got one out. By the time he left, the score was 9-0, and 24 of the White Sox had already packed it in.

Here's something I wrote just the other day. Boy does it ring true after tonight.
...Aaron Rowand can not carry this team. He is still only hitting .245 with 1 HR w/RISP. He may be a temporary replacement in the #1 spot, but everything about him screams #2 hitter to me.

Well, Aaron Rowand tried to carry this team tonight. Going 2-3 with a walk. The rest of the Sox didn't even manage to reach base. That's just pitiful.

OK -- I think I'm done with that...

Esteban Loaiza pitched tonight for the Yankees, and being that it was the Yankees I got to watch on ESPN. I ended up watching more of the Yanks/A's game than the Sox game, and boy am I glad that I did. My impression from Loaiza's first start in pinstripes, is that he appeared to be pitching inside more than he was on the southside, but that wasn't enough to make up for poor location on a few pitches that ended up deposited in the seats. Pitching inside will help limit the number of hits, but unless that pinpoint control and velocity he had last year magically reappear, there's going to be a lot of disappointed Yankee fans.

Edit: I just looked at my tracking stats for this blog, and during the game 2 people found the site by searching for "White Sox suck" on Yahoo. I just thought that was a fitting tribute to tonights "effort."