White Sox Interactive in my spare time. Sometimes, it can be a therapeutic exercise.
Sunday, I was as angry as I've been all season at this lousy team during the top of the eighth inning of the Sox' 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
This was a half-inning that featured everything that is wrong with the Sox this year. Walks, errors, curious management decisions, and yes, idiotic conduct from an increasingly apathetic fan base.
As Sox fans, we like to say we "know more about baseball" than the folks who cheer for the team on the other side of town. But can we really claim that when we've got morons doing The Wave during the eighth inning of a 3-3 game? C'mon. That's embarrassing. What other fan base does that? I know the Sox stink right now, but nothing, and I mean nothing, should provoke fans to do The Wave at a baseball game. What the hell is this? 1986?
For me, the only real question is who deserved boos more. The team on the field or the idiots in the stands? It's a tough call. Anyone who starts The Wave should be escorted directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $250. Just get lost.
Just for the fun of it, here's a repost of my WSI recap from yesterday:
I feel like I've been more than patient with the White Sox this
April. Sure this team has stuggled, but it's early, right? There's
plenty of time for it to turn around. At least that's what I've been
telling myself the first four weeks of the season.
But, every man has his breaking point, and I reached mine in the
top of the eighth inning of Sunday's 8-3 loss. With the scored tied 3-3, the Sox
gift-wrapped three runs for the Rays. This was a half-inning that
featured nothing but Looney Tune crap – on the mound, in the field, in
the stands and in the dugout. It was enough to make me lose my lunch,
which would have been unfortunate since the hotdogs I consumed before
the game were one of the few highlights of my afternoon at the ballpark.
Nate Jones (0-2) had pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He came
out to start the eighth and gave up a bloop hit to Sean Rodriguez. He
retired Desmond Jennings on a routine pop to shortstop. In my mind,
Jones' afternoon should have been done at that point. Left-handed
hitter Matt Joyce was due up, and the Sox had Matt Thornton ready in the
bullpen. For some reason, Robin Ventura didn't make the move.
Jones uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Rodriguez to reach second.
Then he walked Joyce. Um, Robin, Thornton is ready. Still no pitching
change. Jones stayed in and gave up an RBI single to Ben Zobrist. 4-3
Rays. Um, Robin, Thornton is ready. Still no pitching change. Jones
stayed in and walked Evan Longoria. Bases loaded. Earth to Robin, come
Finally, a pitching change. Wouldn't you know, Thornton retired
James Loney on a shallow fly to center. None of the runners advanced.
Two outs. Just maybe, just maybe, we'll get out of this inning with
Or not. This is the 2013 White Sox after all. Jesse Crain
relieved Thornton and ran the count full to Ryan Roberts. After a couple
foul balls, Roberts lofted a shallow fly to right field. Alex Rios got a
late break, but he still got to the ball in time to make the catch.
Alas, he dropped it. Two runs scored. 6-3 Rays. For all intents and
purposes, ballgame over.
Oh, and I forgot to mention our moron fans were doing The Wave with
the outcome hanging in the balance the whole inning. How about we watch
the game, you idiots?
Deunte Heath walked two guys in the ninth and both scored,
accounting for the 8-3 margin. It was a fitting end to a lousy 3-5
homestand for the Sox.
You can't blame starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod for the loss. He
went six innings, allowing three runs. Being a fifth starter, what more
can you ask from Axelrod – especially considering his mound opponent was
former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price?
You can't blame Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn either. Dunn had a two-out
RBI single off Price in the first inning. Konerko continued his mastery
of Price (10-for-20 lifetime) with a long two-run homer in the third.
The Sox were in position to win this game going into the late innings.
Instead, they blew it with utter stupidity. So typical for this team
through the first 24 games.
Mercifully, Monday is an off day, which means the Sox can't lose.
They'll start an eight-game road trip Tuesday in Texas. Left-hander Jose
Quintana (2-0, 2.78 ERA) will be on the mound for the South Siders.
He'll be opposed by Rangers ace Yu Darvish (4-1, 1.65 ERA). Game time is
7:05 and you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.