What an interesting 3 days for the Sox. Ozzie Guillen gets ejected, Jake Peavy and AJ Pierzynski are caught in a disagreement, and Paul Konerko keeps hitting home runs. Oh yeah, they also battled the crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs.
After Alexei Ramirez was called out on a controversial at bat in the 6th inning, Ozzie Guillen came out enraged. Pulling his best Lou Pinella, Ozzie, stomped the ground, kicked the dirt, and booted Cubs catcher Geavany Soto’s catchers mask a good 10 feet. It was classic;
Ozzie was last booted in New York, afterwards taking to twitter to voice his opinion. That cost him a lot of cash. This time he stayed off twitter, but still had to answers questions for 2 days. That it came against the Cubs was even better. I still like the dustup between Pierzynski and then Cubs backstop Michael Barrett a few years ago.
The Cubs always seem to bring out the best, and worst of the White Sox.
Now to the 2nd big story. The apparent disagreement between Jake Peavy and AJ Pierzynski in Wednesday’s game. After being removed from the game, Peavy appeared to point at Pierzynski. The argument continued in the dugout. Hey everybody, let it go! Like any business, there are occasional arguments between employees. The only difference is that there isn’t a camera trained on the local COSTCO or AM/PM employee. Also remember, Peavy is one of the most competitive guys around, and being taken out of a game is something he never likes.
Believe it or not, games were played. Paul Konerko homered for the 5th straight game. The Captain is now 2nd in the American League in Home Runs, RBI, and 3rd in batting average. Passing the 20 home run mark is quite an accomplishment. Doing it in 12 seasons is phenomenal. Konerko now holds the club record for passing the 20 home run mark for the 12th time, going by Frank Thomas.
Konerko had Pierzynski had quite a series. Konerko went 3-9, with 2 home runs. AJ went 5-11. It’s nice to see others are starting to pick up the slack, because Konerko and Quentin can’t carry the team all year.
On the other hand there is Adam Dunn. The big donkey is still in the a big slump. He went hitless in 8 at bats, with 5 strike outs. Boos are raining down on the big man, who I bet is so messed up mentally that he doesn’t know where to turn. He doesn’t play in the field, or against left handers. What’s next, not playing at all?
The bullpen was lights out in the 3 games. 11.1 inning pitched, allowing only 7 hits. Nice job for a squad that has been beleaguered this entire year. The key guy has been Sergio Santos, who looks to be back to his normal self. 2 saves, while striking out 5 of 7 batters he faced. Not bad for the 1st year closer.
The Sox can’t be happy with their attendance figures. Not one sellout in 3 games. There was once a time that getting a ticket to the crosstown classic was next to impossible. Bad economy, and 2 struggling teams don’t help either. Sox are at least 2 games under .500. The Cubs are 14 under .500, and looking toward next year.
Next up for the Sox is a 3 game set against the Washington Nationals. The Nats are playing well, having won 3 straight, and 9 of 10. They have also lost their manager, Jim Riggleman, who resigned on Thursday. As of late Thursday, the Nats have yet to name a new skipper. I hope it’s Rick Eckstein, who is the brother of David Eckstein,
It also gives Adam Dunn a chance to get back on track. Dunn played the last 2 years in Washington, averaging 38 home runs and 104 RBI in those 2 seasons. He’ll be hard pressed to reach half those numbers this year in Chicago.
Let’s hope the Sox can get past the .500 mark this weekend,