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Sunday, May 27th, 2018



Chicago. 10:41pm.

A few doors down a neighbor is blowing off fireworks. I’m vacillating between giddy, school boy laughs and tearing eyes. The White Sox are going to the World Series. This is absolutely amazing.

They won the pennant in unprecedented style. 4 complete games in a row. Buehrle, Garland, Garcia and tonight Contreras, who also threw over 8 innings the 1st game. The 4 starters threw over 44 innings. Amazing.

The Angels continued to make costly mistakes. Escobar tagging Pierzynski with an empty glove capped off a series of sleepy plays including Paul not tagging Pierzynski and Finley yesterday pleading his case getting doubled up.

10:51. Konerko gets the MVP trophy. 4 homers so far in the postseason. I say so far because the White Sox are going to the World Series.

Let the comparisons between Ditka and Ozzie Guillen start here. Guillen is a former Sox. Ditka was a Bear. Both take no crap and have big mouths that move fast and let loose many words. They both restored pride to their teams. The Sox, although having decent records each year, were seen as losers. Not anymore.

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">Anonymous</span>

    “the ball clearly skipped off the dirt into his glove” ??? What replay are they showing in Chicago? It must be digitally altered because I’ve looked at it again and again and it never touched the ground before going into his glove. The ump signaled the out, then changed his call. It’s a tainted win for the white sox. Any objective observer can at least admit that it’s contraversial. I’m in Utah. I don’t care about the Angels or the White Sox. All I see is that the Angels got hosed by needing 4 outs and were dealt an unearned base runner in the 9th inning of a tied game. The catcher should have tagged him for insurance, but that was a mole hill compared to the mountain of a mistake made by the ump because he really was out until the ump changed his call.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    in super slo-mo you can see the ball hitting the surface 1st and popping into the glove. At first I thought it was very controversial. But after seeing the replays and hearing the umpires post game comments, I’m convinced it is legit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009" rel="nofollow">BigD</a>

    I watched it again, and again, and again. No skip. Bad call, but get over it. The Angels only needed to get one more out to advance to the 10th. Yes, the 10th. The game was still knotted at 1. The Sox didn’t steal a victory as much as the Angels letting one get away.

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">Anonymous</span>

    I have to chime in and say I totally disagree The Zoner. I don’t see it hitting the dirt either–plus, more importantly to me, Paul’s reaction was just too much the other way to think that he didn’t catch it cleanly. I just can’t imagine any catcher tossing the ball to the mound, turning their back, and heading to the dugout if there’s even the slightest chance that he needed to tag the hitter or throw to first–especially not in the 9th inning of a playoff game!!!

    But all that being said, give AJ the credit for hustling, and the Sox for capitilizing. Bad call, but it didn’t end the game.

    Though Sox fans should be concerned about the trip West, as you’ve noted…


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    Let’s not forget the Cano play in the Yankees series. The Angels are fortunate to be where they are. The night before–and the announcers totally glanced over it because they were talking about Erstad’s slide–Uribe’s throw on the DP was good–he was out. No one mentioned it. Again, I think Paul maybe was doing a little acting, much like a hitter who starts toward 1st base before the ump signals ball or strike. It never would have been a bad call–if in fact it was–if the Angels were playing heads up ball. And let’s also not forget–Crede hit their best guy to win it, after Ozuna stole second easily–another Angels lapse.

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">Anonymous</span>

    No way did that ball hit the dirt.

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