Thankfully, this game was a lot more fun than the last three. It would have been a heck of a lot more fun at Fenway today than it was at the
Rogers Centre Sky Dome this weekend.
It wasn’t perfect – by a long stretch. Brent Lillibridge really needs to learn to relax before the 9th inning (though, it was still nice to see him in RF today. Rightly or wrongly, he gives me a sense of security out there), we left the bases loaded far more frequently than we really should, and Matt Thornton shouldn’t need to walk back to the dugout between innings like someone told him there was no Santa Claus in order to come out and pitch a strong inning.
And, then there was the weird stuff – Carlos Quentin getting hit by the pitch TWICE and Jesse Crain (who FINALLY gets to start an inning for the first time in forever and not come in to mop up someone else’s mess) gets nailed in the back/side by a line drive – and still manages to get the out – and the really odd late-strike-3 (possibly should have been ball 4) call for Juan Pierre and the late call when Lillibridge was possibly thrown out CS at 3rd. It seemed like a ball-4, late-throw to 3rd rather than a strike-him-out, throw-him-out that it was called. Or, maybe that’s what it looked like through my ChiSox-colored glasses.
Regardless, Peavy pitched a solid 7-innings today, Konerko got on the board with a solo homer that almost cleared the billboard 10 feet above the green monster, Matt Thornton really did pitch a solid 9th, everyone in the line-up got at least one hit tonight, there were clutch hits at least some of the time that we needed them… and, Ozzie gave a bat to a small boy sitting behind the ChiSox dugout.
Someone needs to get the White Sox bags of frozen peas to slap onto their bruised eyes, backs, and arms – because I’d like to do this all over again tomorrow.
So, yesterday happened (and, unfortunately, due to some of the on-and-off-the-field actions and interactions, it is still happening in some respects). But, today is a new day and it’s time to fill up the glass again, since it was far less than half full after yesterday.
So, in order to do that, I am going to do a few things:
1. I am adding Carlos Quentin’s awesome sliding grab from yesterday’s epic-smushing of the ChiSox in T.O. to my ❤ defense page. Because, down 13-2 in the bottom of the 8th and he’s still running down a play like that? I don’t know about the lot of you, but this is a guy I want on my team 10 times out of 10.
2. I am going to post links to three great moments from this season, chosen in a completely random and biased fashion. Because, the emotional rollercoaster goes up and down and round and round, but baseball is a great game.
CWS @ NYY – April 26, 2011
Just what the recap says: Gavin Floyd struck out 10 and Paul Konerko went yard, but Brent Lillibridge sealed the win with back-to-back stunning grabs. Probably my favorite game of the year so far.
CWS @ OAK – May 13, 2011
Enter Jesse Crain in what has become his typical scenario: Bottom 7th, 0 out, runner on 1st and 3rd and the lead has just been sliced from 4-0 to 4-2 and, finally, after a whole season of coming up short, we manage to pick off someone, and catch someone stealing – home, no less – in the same game. Wacky happenings, but definitely a fun day at the ballpark.
CWS v. TB – May 7, 2011
Short and sweet. Sergio Santos practicing his little-used fielding skills and ending a sweet 3-6-1 double play. I should probably add this to the ❤ defense page. It’s not Sergio’s fault that I didn’t start this page until after he nearly split himself in two to make this play.
3. I am also going to link to an article I read this morning on another blog. Putting things into perspective – with a few laughs thrown in – always soothes the sting a little. Just a little advice for anyone else who is having trouble keeping the glass half full. – 8 Simple Ways to Enjoy Baseball