It was nice while it lasted, but the 2008 baseball season is over for the White Sox. It was a tough road and it only got harder as the year went on. The Sox fought- with their paws up like a cat, their belts tightened- to the very end. They made it further than I thought they would, but it’s finally over.
Gavin Floyd took the mound tonight, and unfortunately had trouble locating his pitches. If it was June, that would have been okay, but he barely made it into the middle of the fourth inning. By the time he exited, he was responsible for four runs and another runner on base. He had already thrown 67 pitches and he did strike out four, but as much as it hurt him, it was time for Clayton Richard to come out, and 2 more runs crossed the plate. Dotel came in the 7th, allowed a double, and Thornton came in for cleanup duty. Linebrink closed, but the damage had already been done. Over and over and over.
While the Rays were… damaging left and right, the Sox were once again silent. There were two homers today, of the solo persuasion, coming from PK and Dye, and they were huge. Too bad there were no men on base to make them of any value.
It’s funny how this loss is so much bigger than any other, but the game went down like any other. Little offense on a day when the pitching isn’t perfect.
But don’t think it’s over. I mean… it’s over. But there’s plenty of blogging left! It will be considerably more quiet, but there are things to be said. I’ll be wrapping up the season, looking ahead to 2009, and stay tuned for Crede watch! Trade watch in general.
And remember, if a Cub fan says anything to you, you can tell them, “At least we didn’t get swept- at least we like playing at home!”
Give a round of applause to our 2008 American League Central Winners: Orlando Cabrera, A.J. Pierzynski, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Ken Griffey Junior, Alexei Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Nick Swisher, Dewayne Wise, Carlos Quentin, Joe Crede, not to mention John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Javi Vazquez, Matt Thornton, Bobby Jenks, Scott Linebrink, D.J. Carrasco, Ehren Wassermann, Boone Logan, Clayton Richard, Adam Russell, Octavio Dotel, and all the other guys that contributed to the team this entire year.
And I couldn’t end the post without making a nonsensical comment! It’s tradition. Has anyone noticed that Gavin makes some very questionable wardrobe choices? I watch him in interviews, and I just want to ask, “Gavin? Where do you find those shirts?” Because, honestly, even though he didn't hold the Rays to one run or less today, that's still the only fault I can find with him.