Saturday, August 19, 2006

It's Official. Jon Garland IS the White Sox Ace: Game 122 Thoughts

That's a White Sox Winner: 4-1!

So what taboos did the Twinkie-dinks offend to have the baseball gods rain down their wrath in such buckets of embarrassment?

Did they finally sour on that hell of a ballpark, the Metrodome? Maybe, cuz neither Luis Castillo nor Gold Glover Torii Hunter could locate a towering Jim Thome pop up that went for a double.

Did they seethe over Brad Radke's pitching so well for so long with a torn labrum? Maybe; Mack crushed a man-sized homer into the the upper tank over the baggie in RF.

Did they finally punish the unnatural speed ground balls have on the trampoline-like turf? Maybe; a seemingly rountine throw by SS Jason Bartlett was rushed and thrown away, and Nick Punto had an Oscar-worthy performance portraying Bill Buckner as a 3rd baseman on a Mack grounder right between his legs.

Did they steal playoff hopes from the hearts of Twins fans cuz of the past year's contraction talk? Maybe; the TV guys said they'd never seen so many Sox fans in the Metrodome.

Did they invoke the curse of really bad baseball for all the chickie love Joe Mauer is receiving? Maybe; the MVP candidate was 0-3.

And conversely why the baseball gods chose to bless White Sox baseball is questionable too considering the chemistry-disturbing actions of late.

The tell-tale, creme de la creme sign that providence settled on the Southside guys happened in the bottom of the 8th when with a man on 1st and 2 outs Castillo hit a sure double past a diving Joe Crede down the line only to have it deflect off the 3rd base umpire right to Juan Uribe. Instead of having a heart-crushing, possible run-scoring 2B or at least runners on 2nd and 3rd, it was simply 1st and 2nd, and Thornton punked Punto for the final out of the inning. Mild threat quashed.

The gods must really love Jon "I-AM-the-Staff-Ace" Garland cuz he gave up no earned runs and even pitched around his own throwing error to Paulie in the 1st inning.

The gods also delivered outside of Minnesota as both Boston and the Tiggers lost and are starting to swoon.

Maybe destiny -- cue the creepy music -- has returned to Southside; maybe the Sox are about to go on a big run.

Ask me tomorrow about destiny after we face Johan Santana.

Awards time------------------

Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: Not calling out his bitch-baby in-law Freddy Garcia before the game for throwing his teammates under the bus by his comments yesterday. Kinda flawless game execution. Of course, he wasn't called on to manage that much.

Good Ozzie Moves of the Game: Jenks, baby! Jenks! Mack didn't look lost in CF and even rewarded his manager's faith with a long solo shot.

Play of the Game: The 1st inning Thome pop-up that was lost in the ceiling started the weirdness.

Big Ups go to Jenks, Thome for 2 hustle 2Bs, and Crede for his solid defense at 3rd.

By the way, Fornelli, what's your secret? Big ups to you too.

And my White Sox Player of the Game...




Jon Garland (6)




White Sox Record: 73-49...5.5 behind the Tiggers & 2.0 ahead of the Twinkie-dinks in the WC!

10 Comments:

Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Okay, I really thought this post was smaller in total characters used.
Yikes.
If I keep it up no one's gonna wanna read my novellas. Guess I musta been absent the day the English teacher talked about wordiness in writing.
Sorry, guys.

8/19/2006 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Given that I'm not one to talk about writing long, I enjoyed it.

8/19/2006 11:01 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

when we win...long is okay.

Garland is Da Man - no doubt !

Thanks for keeping the flame while Jeeves is scouting the Cricket leagues for some bloody talent when the rosters expand in Sept. - it's definitely not easy to come up with script everyday.

8/19/2006 11:04 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

Tolstoy! I thought you'd died!!!

This was such a clutch performance from Jon. Could not face the possibility of a sweep, and thank goodness won't have to. Stealing one tomorrow is a possiblity. Ozzie has to forget about pitch counts and watch every delivery by JV, and be ready to pull him early.

I'm looking for a big game from Dye. He's my PtC for tomorrow!

8/19/2006 11:08 PM  
Blogger Fornelli said...

Well, you know, I just try to take it one game at a time.

Oh and I always make sure to eat my vegetables and drink plenty of nutricious Ovaltine.

8/19/2006 11:31 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Ralphie, is that you?

8/19/2006 11:34 PM  
Blogger Fornelli said...

Oh and btw tomorrow I'm taking Pablo Ozuna. If he doesn't play I guess I'm stuck with Pods.

8/19/2006 11:36 PM  
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