Well, it’s already happened. Even though I said I was going to try and CALM DOWN about sports, the part diva, part monster in me has once again emerged and turned me into a raving lunatic.
The White Sox have been on a recent tear, and this past weekend concluded their last home stand before the All-Star Break. Earlier in the week, they swept the Rangers and had taken the first two games against the Blue Jays. Yesterday, game three, was a gorgeous day to sit outside to watch baseball, and so we did.
The game did not get off to a good start as Dylan Axelrod gave up two, two-run home runs. In the first inning. I think it went something like walk – HR – walk – HR, so we were in a 4-run deficit pretty quickly. No bueno.
Alex Rios managed a 3-run HR in the bottom of the first, but Toronto just kept hitting, and every time we threatened to tie, something would go wrong. And we came SO CLOSE – final score 11-9. I was dreaming of the Youkilis game-winner that I experienced on the 4th of July, but, alas…
There were several issues at hand here. One being that Robin Ventura started Tyler Flowers, presumably to give A.J. a break, but Flowers cannot hit his way out of a paper bag and, I mean, I know you can’t blame the catcher for bad pitches (or CAN you???) but there were definitely defensive plays he didn’t make that A.J. could have – I think at one point Toronto stole two bases IN A ROW.
I was screaming for them, at the very least, to have A.J. pinch-hit for Flowers, which they eventually did (I was like one of those crazy fans that probably calls the White Sox switch board to say things like, “You tell Jerry and Kenny to get rid of Ozzie!” or “Tell Jerry to claim Player XYZ off waivers!” or “Tell Jerry I’m delusional enough to think you’ll tell him whatever I say!”).
Another issue was the home plate umpire – Ballsy McBiased. The difference in his version of a strike zone for when we pitched vs. when they pitched was mind-boggling. I mean, he may as well have just ruled every ball a home run. Ventura finally had enough and read him the riot act in the ninth inning – I am dying to know what he said because I imagine it was even meaner than what I was thinking.
(Something along the lines of “You stupid !$%@W&*@)_!*)#!O_!)(#! Go $^@(*^$ yourself!”)
Ventura was ejected from the game and left the field to a standing ovation.
Look, I know crazy people like to blame the umps for everything, and certainly the way we pitched did not help us at all, but some of the calls he made were completely atrocious – calling a strike on Adam Dunn and then the next inning giving a ball to Toronto for the exact same pitch (or something, I think – see link below)
South Side Sox has a much more eloquent and smart sounding recap of the game if you’re interested.
True to form, I have now decided one loss is the end of the world (false) and there’s no way they can make the playoffs (also false).
In fact, I think this team has great potential. Ventura has been a wonderful manager thus far. You can really tell how much he cares about the team. Ozzie didn’t give a shit last year – and apparently doesn’t this year either because his new team is struggling just as much as his old team did – and he’s taking Buehrle down with him, which is pissing me off! (8-8 with a 3.25 ERA – not horrendous but not great). Zambrano is 4-7 with a 4.20 ERA, once again proving he cannot back up his mouth with any type of performance.
Wait, what was I talking about?
Here’s to a great second half of baseball!